Thomas Fidone developed a plan and a backup plan since the coronavirus pandemic began altering the NCAA's recruiting rules.
The four-star tight end from Council Bluffs, Iowa, wanted to make a decision during the summer. Then he altered that slightly and figured he might take official visits early in the college football season, including one to LSU in mid-September.
Then the SEC moved its start date back to Sept. 26. Then two Power Five conferences postponed seasons all together. Then on Wednesday the NCAA extended its recruiting dead period through September.
Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said Husker officials held out hope of fielding some sort of fall schedule until Wednesday.
Nebraska 2021 prospect Thomas Fidone would "love to feel out the campuses" but is prepared to make his decision even if that is not possible.
Fidone, though, like many, has sort of figured all along the additional delays might come.
“I’m definitely hoping for visits, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t,” Fidone told the Journal Star late last month. “Then I would probably just pull the trigger if visits get canceled in September. That’s my goal. If the NCAA postpones again — I think that's kind of stupid, but it is what it is — I’m just going to pull the trigger with whoever the best fit is right now.”
Now the NCAA has done just that and pushed visits back to October at the earliest. And Fidone has a date in mind, tweeting on Friday, simply, "8/26/20."
That date falls two days before Lewis Central opens its regular season, a nice tidy bow on the summer before game action begins.
The Huskers have been pushing hard for the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder for months since first offering last fall. He's also been heavily recruited by Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and many others.
Fidone is considered the top overall tight end prospect in the country for the 2021 class by 247Sports and the No. 37 overall player in the nation. Rivals has him pegged as the No. 3 tight end in the class and No. 62 nationally.