Things I know, and things I think I know:

Kade Warner, the latest son of a famous dad to join Nebraska's football program, says friends and family were surprised he chose NU over Arizona State.

But all things considered, his choice makes perfect sense — especially since he's a walk-on.

I'm guessing ASU's walk-on program doesn't have quite as much tradition as Nebraska's.

"It just seemed like when I was at the Nebraska facility, everyone on the staff really wanted me there, from the head coach to the graduate assistants," said Warner, a receiver from Scottsdale, Arizona.

His father, Kurt Warner, was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month.

"Honestly, I think he'll come to every single game," Kade said.

Will Kurt Warner try to keep a low profile?

"He'll try. I mean, I don't think he's a guy who would ever get a suite or anything like that," Kade said. "He'll sit in the regular seating, and I'm sure people will come up to him and ask him for autographs and stuff. But he really doesn't care about all that. He'll just want to come and see me play."

The younger Warner announced his decision last week via Twitter, joining an impressive list of Huskers with famous dads. Les Miles (Ben), Rick Spielman (JD), Keyshawn Johnson Sr. (Keyshawn Jr.) and now Kurt Warner obviously trust Mike Riley and the direction of his program.

Credibility is the operative word in the discussion.

"I'm sure a lot of those players had a lot of choices of different places to go," said the younger Warner, who scored 35 touchdowns over three seasons at Scottsdale Desert Mountain High School. "But they all picked Nebraska. Something must be good about it.

A member of the class of 2017, Warner will arrive in Lincoln in the summer.

"Everyone there seemed like they really wanted the best for me," he added. "I really enjoyed that, especially being a walk-on. As a walk-on, sometimes you don't get the same treatment as other guys. I feel I got the same treatment from the coaches as everyone else."

Perhaps they told him that the Nebraska 1997 national championship team's 79-player preseason depth chart featured 24 walk-ons. The ratio was 25-of-74 for the 1995 championship team and 22-of-74 for 1994's title squad.

Many of those walk-ons arrived on campus with a chip on their shoulder, as will the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Warner.

"I think a lot of us (at Desert Mountain) were under-recruited coming from a school that didn't have a rich history," he said. "Plus, we had three head coaches during my varsity career. That makes it tough to get looks from colleges and keep a good relationship with them.

"When you come in to anywhere undervalued, and think you should be higher valued, I think you have to play with a chip on your shoulder to earn your spot on the team."

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He had only one scholarship offer — from San Diego of the FCS. The program intrigued him.

"But I went to a game, and not many people were there," he said. "It wasn't the football experience I want at a college."

By the way, Kade Warner said his father liked both of his final options, ASU and Nebraska, equally.

Kade sounds like an upbeat kid.

"I'm at a church camp right now in the middle of the woods (near Flagstaff)," he said Saturday morning. "If my cell reception goes bad for a little bit, just let me know and I'll try to find a better spot ."

In choosing Nebraska, it seems he found the right spot.

* None of the three scholarship receivers in Nebraska's class of 2017 stands taller than 6-foot-1. But that's fine with Billy Devaney, the Huskers' executive director of player personnel, because he sees ample talent in the threesome.

Plus, size may be on the way for NU receivers coach Keith Williams.

"I went over an initial batch of receiver prospects (for the class of 2018) with Keith and man, there are some talented guys — 6-foot-4 giants who can run," Devaney said. "Really athletic dudes."

Not that Nebraska's staff is necessarily hell-bent on recruiting tall receivers.

"Ideally, we'd like guys to be 5-11-plus," Devaney said. "But if there's a kid who's 5-9 and has rare quickness, and he has juice and he's a playmaker and can run after the catch, we'll love that guy. If we wind up with a whole bunch of guys like (5-9) Tyjon Lindsey, we'll be thrilled.

"Yeah, we want them 6-4 and running a 4.4. But how often is that going to happen?"

* Yeah, I get it. You can't use injuries as an excuse, and all that jazz. But it's difficult to overstate power forward Ed Morrow's importance to the Nebraska men's basketball team. After all, the Huskers are 5-2 in Big Ten games he played, and 1-6 when he sat out because of his foot issue.

In three games since he returned to action, the Huskers are holding foes to 39 percent field-goal shooting while outrebounding them by eight per game.

By the way, what a win for Tim Miles' crew at Ohio State. "Gutsy" doesn't do it justice.

* Jack McVeigh, NU's sophomore sharp-shooter, clearly wants the ball in tense moments, which tells you plenty about how far he's come since being benched in December. If I'm not mistaken, he's playing a little defense, too.

* According to CNN, a pro wrestler from Pittsburgh created a pro-President Trump ring act and took it into the world of Mexican pro wrestling. He gets booed lustily, and paid handsomely.

That's what I call brilliance.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraSip.


Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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