Nebraska lands commitment from Burke’s Hickman
LINCOLN — Make it a clean sweep for Nebraska football’s in-state recruiting efforts.The Huskers offered five area prospects for the 2019 recruiting class. With 6-foot-5, 210-pound Omaha Burke tight end Chris Hickman’s commitment Saturday, all five said yes.Hickman, who plays for the state’s top-rated high school football team, joins Burke teammate Nick Henrich, Scottsbluff’s Garrett Nelson, York’s Garrett Snodgrass and Norfolk Catholic’s Ethan Piper as in-state commits in NU’s 2019 class.“I chose Nebraska because I love the staff and the players and commits made me feel like I was at home,” Hickman said on Saturday.NU hasn’t had five in-state signees since the 2008 class — the first class under former coach Bo Pelini.A consensus four-star prospect according to 247Sports composite service, Hickman had offers from LSU, Oregon, Mississippi, Iowa and Minnesota, among others. Hickman also plays outside linebacker and defensive end for Burke, and he caused a fumble and grabbed an interception in Friday’s 41-24 win over Omaha North.NU coaches Barrett Ruud and Sean Beckton attended Friday’s game. Beckton is the Huskers’ tight ends coach while Ruud is NU’s in-state recruiting coordinator and inside linebackers coach. He played a crucial role in landing Henrich.Hickman officially visited for NU’s 33-28 loss to Colorado and was an unofficial visitor for Saturday’s 24-19 loss to Troy. He had four other finalists: Oregon, LSU, Iowa and Ole Miss.“I committed today because my dad was in town, and I was able to do it with my mom, dad and sister in the room,” Hickman said.Nebraska now has 17 commits for the 2019 recruiting class.