Norfolk Catholic’s Piper among Nebraska football’s first full signing class under Frost
Nebraska football’s first full signing class under second-year coach Scott Frost was highlighted by a group of versatile and speedy prospects to fit the Cornhuskers’ spread offense.
Norfolk Catholic’s Ethan Piper is part of Nebraska’s largest class of in-state signees since 2008. The two-way standout lineman joins the Huskers after being a dominant presence for the Knights and Coach Jeff Bellar for the past three seasons. As a senior, Piper’s blocking paved the way for a powerful Norfolk Catholic offense and record-setting rushing attack. Defensively, he recorded 120 tackles, including 14 sacks. His play helped the Knights to an 11-2 record and a runner-up finish in the Class C-2 playoffs. Piper is regarded among the top five players in Nebraska by both Rivals and 247 Sports, which also ranked him among the top 80 defensive line prospects in the nation. He chose Nebraska over offers from Iowa and Ohio. Wandale Robinson, a four-star prospect out of Kentucky, was maybe the biggest prize in the class of 25 signed by Frost yesterday as the early signing period began. The 5’9, 179-pound Robinson was a late flip by Nebraska away from his home state Wildcats. The Huskers also signed Luke McCaffrey, the brother of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffery, who is listed as a four-star athlete. Darien Chase is another four-star athlete from Washington State, and the Huskers landed Ronald Thompkins, an all-purpose back like Robinson, from Georgia. Nebraska signed players from 15 states.