Nebraska on Friday offered one of the most dynamic young high school football players in the state. 

That's Omaha Westside standout Avante Dickerson, who announced he had an offer from the in-state school via Twitter. 

Dickerson, listed at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, is an explosive athlete. Last summer, NU had him clocked (hand-timed) in the low 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash at one of its camps. 

He backed up his status as a Division I prospect during a sophomore year that included allowing just four catches in 11 games for Westside. He also had two interceptions and 38 tackles (three for loss) during a 9-2 season. 

On offense, he rushed for 794 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

Dickerson was a first-team Super-State selection by the Journal Star this fall, the only sophomore to make the list. 

Dickerson also has offers from Minnesota and Iowa State, a list that is almost certain to grow in the coming months and years. 

Dickerson is the second known in-state scholarship offer for the Huskers. He joins Elkhorn South offensive lineman Teddy Prochazka, who picked up an offer during the fall. 

The 2021 class is shaping up to be a strong one within state lines. The Huskers have already made as many offers to those underclassmen as they have to the current cycle (Omaha Burke wide receiver Xavier Watts and Bellevue West wide receiver Zavier Betts). 

Nebraska does not yet have a verbal commitment for the 2021 class and has one (quarterback Logan Smothers of Athens, Alabama) for 2020. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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