Jamar Sekona of Marin Catholic

Jamar Sekona of Marin Catholic puts pressure on Campolindo quarterback John Torchio during their game in Greenbrae, Calif. on Aug. 26, 2017.

Jamar Sekona has been to exactly one college football game in his life, and it featured plenty of empty seats.

Now he’s also been to a sold-out spring game.

The four-star defensive lineman from Marin County, California, attended Saturday’s Red-White Spring Game in Lincoln and couldn’t help but be impressed, even though he knew ahead of time that the game was sold out.

“I thought about it and I was like, ‘That’s going to be a lot of people,’ but then when we actually got on the field and I got to see everyone fill in and take their seats, it was just crazy. It was unbelievable. The atmosphere, the fans, it was crazy.

“It really was an incredible visit.”

The Marin Catholic standout has only been playing football since he began high school, but has quickly turned into a coveted recruit. There are several Pac-12 schools after his services -- just in the past two weeks, he’s visited Arizona, Arizona State and Utah. He also has offers from Oregon, USC, UCLA and several others.

Sekona didn’t originally think he’d leave the West Coast for college, but he’s now open to the idea in part because of NU defensive line coach Tony Tuioti, who recruited the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder hard while he was at Cal.

“He’s been recruiting me since going into my sophomore year, so almost a strong two years,” Sekona said. “He’s a great guy and me and him have developed a really great relationship. I know the kind of coach he is and he knows the type of player I am.”

Sekona plans on taking some official visits over the summer and, as he says, “making some hard decisions.” Suffice it to say, the Huskers will be right in the mix.

“As of right now, Nebraska is definitely high on my list and is a strong possibility,” he said. “Most definitely Nebraska will be one of my official visits, but right now when is unknown. …

“They’re definitely a really great school and I love the atmosphere.”

Catching up with in-state target Watts: Xavier Watts has been on quite a run recently, visiting Wisconsin and Notre Dame before taking in Nebraska’s Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The talented two-way player from Omaha Burke is headed to Michigan next weekend.

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“It’s exciting to see all the schools that have interest in me and it’s good to give everyone a chance and see what they have to offer,” Watts said.

The Huskers have made it known to Watts that he is a priority for them in the 2020 class.

“They continue to tell me how they feel about me and how important I am to them and stuff like that,” he said.

The past two times he’s visited NU — Saturday and for a spring practice in March — he’s happened to be on campus at the same time as recent four-star verbal commitment Turner Corcoran (Lawrence, Kansas) and coveted outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson (Carroll, Iowa).

“We’re all pretty good friends and we’ve been getting closer and closer,” Watts said. “We’ve been talking over Snapchat and all that, so it’s a good relationship.”

Corcoran on Sunday said of the pair, “Those are two really important guys headed into the future of the Huskers that we feel like we can get, obviously, and that are going to be program-changers right away.”

Watts said after his spring tour of unofficials, he’s planning on taking his official visits over the summer and potentially on a couple of fall game days.

NU prospects perform well at St. Louis camp: Several Nebraska high school players, including Zavier Betts (Bellevue West), the talented 2020 NU verbal commit, tested well at Nike’s The Opening camp over the weekend in St. Louis.

Betts (6-2, 197) was among the weekend’s top performers, checking in with a “Sparq” score of 122.22, good for No. 4 overall at the camp. The score is determined by several factors including 40-yard dash time, vertical jump and some power output drills.

Other Nebraska kids that tested well: No. 8 Jevyon Ducker (RB, Bellevue West) and No. 10 Ty Hahn (WR, Johnson-Brock). Hahn does not have an NU offer, but the 6-2, 186-pounder should have plenty of recruiting intrigue in the coming months.

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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