Future Husker: Kevin Gladney

Future Husker: Kevin Gladney

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Standout Firestone High School football player Kevin Gladney grabs a pass while participating in a drill during a practice session at the school on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Akron, Ohio.

Getting to know the players who will soon grace Nebraska’s sideline.

High school

My school: Firestone (Akron, Ohio).

Positions: Wide receiver and safety.

This week: Firestone (4-5) plays its final regular-season game on Friday against Garfield, and probably won’t make the playoffs. On Saturday, Gladney will make his official visit to Lincoln for the Nebraska-Michigan game.

Of note: Gladney is averaging 22 yards per reception this season with five touchdowns.

Other sports: Basketball.

The college life

Projected position at NU: Wide receiver

First contact with the Huskers: “After a basketball game (Nebraska graduate assistant coach Vince Marrow) called me and later (defensive coordinator) John Papuchis came to my school. I actually committed when I was in Lincoln.”

Date committed: June 11, 2012.

My final three schools: Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan State.

The moment I knew I wanted to be a Husker … : “With how the campus was and the academics I thought, ‘This is the right school for me.’ They had everything I was looking for in a college. At Nebraska, everything is right there. The training table is right in the stadium. There is no walking 15 minutes to get to the football facility. The only time you have to leave is when you go to class, and that’s not that far away like some other colleges where class is 20 minutes away, and you have to take a bus. That’s one thing I liked about Nebraska.”

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Ht: 6-foot-3

Wt: 185

Mel Kiper would say: “He’s a deep threat and can go up and get the football.”

Rivals.com says three-stars: “I don’t really pay attention to all that. Some five-stars aren’t better than three-star players, they just go to a lot of camps.”

Quick hits

Favorite athlete: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

My high school is known for: Performing arts. And, some years, football.

What I’ll be watching for at the Nebraska game on Saturday: How loud the stadium is and how the coaches work with the players before and during the game.

-- Brent C. Wagner


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