Welcome to National Signing Day, where the fanatics are more giddy than they are on Christmas Day. Speaking of the holiday season, Nebraska is looking to put some finishing touches on a recruiting class that could rank in the top 25 when the dust settles.
Check back here throughout the day for updates, including signings, photos, comments from Nebraska coach Scott Frost and maybe a surprise or two.
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One to watch in Omaha
Four-star defensive back Avante Dickerson, who verbally committed to Minnesota in April, announced Wednesday morning that he will not be signing with the Gophers on Wednesday and instead will hold off on finalizing his collegiate decision until February.
"I am simply not ready to make a final decision that will impact my future as a student athlete," Dickerson said via Twitter.
The Huskers have continued recruiting Dickerson since they lost out on him to a division rival, and they will almost certainly emerge from Wednesday with a spot saved for the talented two-way player should he eventually choose he wants it.
I would like to announce that I will not be signing along with my teammates. I am simply not ready to make a final decision that will impact my future as a student athlete. I will be at the signing at Westside high school to support my teammates but not available for questions.— AD #28 (@_dickerson1) December 16, 2020
Dickerson is a consensus four-star recruit and is considered the No. 142 player nationally by 247Sports.
So, that will be a situation worth following over the next several weeks.
Making it official
Nebraska took care of business in an efficient manner on Wednesday morning.
The fax machine had an early morning. Malik Williams (Buford, Georgia) became the first 2021 Husker commit to deliver his national letter of intent shortly after 6 a.m. local time.
The East Coast recruits didn't take long to follow, either. Williams' teammate at Buford High, running back Gabe Ervin, as well as wide receiver Shawn Hardy (Kingsland, Georgia), defensive lineman Ru'Quan Buckley (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and linebacker Mikai Gbayor (Irvington, New Jersey), were in bright and early, too.
For a running update of who's officially signed, what to watch, highlights and more, check out Husker Extra's recruiting board link at the top of the asset.
Wide receiver Latrell Neville, a player who racked up more than 40 scholarship offers over the course of his recruitment and picked the Huskers on July 4, calling NU offensive coordinator Matt Lubick, "a father figure."
Before 10 a.m., defensive lineman Jailen Weaver (Antioch, California), had his letter signed and delivered and the Huskers had all 19 of the high school players in the class locked in.
Now, the only remaining question is whether Nebraska adds any more players today. The one to watch is four-star defensive lineman Tiaoalii Savea (Las Vegas), who is deciding between Nebraska, UCLA and USC, but may or may not sign early.
UNI grad transfer will be on campus in January
Northern Iowa graduate transfer linebacker Chris Kolarevic will be on campus in January, but the signing process is a little bit different for college transfers.
He won't be announced as part of Nebraska's class on Wednesday and coaches likely won't be able to comment on him, but he's graduated from UNI and will officially be part of the program and on campus in the next few weeks.
The Journal Star has him on the recruiting board along with the high school players because, as a scholarship player, he counts against Nebraska's 25-man maximum for the class overall.