High school

My school: Van High School (Van, Texas)

Position: Running back

This week: The Vandals take a 1-0 record into Friday’s game against Spring Hill. Last week, Thomas ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-14 win against Palestine.

Rankings: Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.

Highlight play: “In our first game I had a 50-yard touchdown run. I just beat them to the outside. A guy tried to tackle me from behind, but I just ran him off.”

Other sports: Basketball and track.

The college life

Projected position at NU: Running back

First contact with the Huskers: “Coach Reggie Davis gave me a call this spring and we talked. That’s the first time I ever really heard from Nebraska, and the first time we talked they offered me.”

My final schools: Kansas, Texas State and Colorado State.

Date committed: May 30

The moment I knew I wanted to be a Husker …: “The fact that they’re Nebraska, and I feel like they’re a good running back school. They send running backs to the league (NFL), and I feel if I go there I have a good chance to be a good college running back.”

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Ht: 6-foot

Wt: 190 pounds

My Hudl highlights (19,000 views): “I wanted to show my burst and my acceleration and my ability to break tackles and run through people. I picked out most of the plays. The first play, the (80-yard) kick return for a touchdown, is probably my favorite.”

Quick hits

Friday Night Lights: “Van (population 2,600), it’s a football community, pretty much. Everyone is standing behind us and we get a good amount of support from the people. There is just one high school.”

— Brent C. Wagner


Nebraska's 2016 recruits

A closer look at Nebraska's recruiting class for 2016.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School)
Quayshon Alexander LB 6-3 230 Wayne, N.J. (De Paul Catholic)
DiCaprio Bootle CB 5-11 175 Miami, Fla. (Southridge)
Bryan Brokop OL 6-5 280 New Lenox, Ill. (Lincoln-Way West)
Marquel Dismuke DB 6-2 170 Calabasas, Calif.
JoJo Domann LB 6-1 210 Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
Patrick O'Brien QB 6-3 230 San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (San Juan Hills)
John Raridon OL 6-4 270 West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)
Greg Simmons LB 6-2 225 Fort Pierce, Fla. (Central)
JD Spielman ATH 5-8 175 Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Ben Stille DE 6-4 230 Ashland-Greenwood
Jack Stoll TE 6-5 225 Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)
Boe Wilson OL 6-2 280 Lee's Summit, Mo. (West)
Derrion Grim WR 5-11 190 Stockton, Calif.
Tre Bryant RB 5-10 198 St. Louis, Mo.
Caleb Lighbourn P/K 6-2 215 Camas, Wash.
Tony Butler DB 6-2 197 Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward)
Pernell Jefferson LB 6-2 236 New Orleans, La. (Warren Easton)
Collin Miller DE 6-3 235 Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeast)
Matt Farniok OT 6-5 320 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)
David Engelhaupt TE 6-4 235 Norfolk Catholic
Lamar Jackson CB 6-2 205 Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin)

Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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