Red-White Spring Game, 4/15

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley (right) talks with Huskers recruit Masry Mapieu of York prior to the Red-White Spring Game last spring.

With respect to all the star-loaded talent that showed up in Lincoln a year ago, York defensive tackle Masry Mapieu was, in my mind, the best story of the Friday Night Lights experience in 2016.

Here's a kid born in Egypt and now living in York -- quite a story, really -- receiving an offer from the in-state Huskers on the same night he camped, then accepting that offer on the spot and going out to celebrate by eating ice cream with coaches and family and friends after.

A year later, the 300-pound Husker defensive tackle commit who works hard to not jump too far above that 300 pounds, remains loyal to Nebraska despite continuing to receive overtures from others.

"I know UCLA has been pretty vocal with their recruitment with him. I've heard a lot from Michigan and even Alabama has been calling. They haven't officially offered him, but I've fielded calls from Alabama," York coach Glen Snodgrass said.

"He says he's been fielding a lot of calls from Florida State, so people from all over the country are bugging him right now. But he's 100 percent in with Nebraska. He said he's not listening to the other schools right now."

Mapieu will camp in Lincoln tonight, Snodgrass said during a chat Friday afternoon, which is a change in plans. He was originally going to go to next week's FNL camp.

Given Mapieu's 6-foot-4, 300-pound frame (he was up to 315 at one point), Snodgrass believes he's a good fit for the Husker defense as it switches to a 3-4 scheme under Bob Diaco.

Snodgrass points out York actually plays a similar scheme, which should help Mapieu as he transitions to the next level.

"I think he's perfect for the 3-4 nose tackle," said the coach, making a comparison in Mapieu's size to Vince Wilfork of the NFL. "A giant nose tackle that can just plug up space and not get moved. That's one thing about him. He's so big and strong.

"It's going to be hard to move him even at the Division-I level, so I think he fits in there perfect."

Reach the writer at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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