Jamie Nance commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
Nebraska's offense under Scott Frost is predicated on speed and the Huskers added a lot of that with the commitment of Jamie Nance.
The 6-foot, 160-pound wide receiver out of Blanchard, Okla. announced his decision via Twitter on Friday night. The speedy wideout has 20 offers to his name and picked NU over schools such as Baylor, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, and TCU among others. Nance becomes the 11th known commit for Nebraska's 2019 recruiting class.
Here are some quick takes on what Nance's commitment means for the Huskers.
1. It's become very clear that upgrading team speed, especially on the offensive side of the football, has been a major priority for Scott Frost and his staff since they took over last December. They certainly accomplished that goal on Friday with the commitment of Jamie Nance. The rising senior finished second in the 100 and 200 at the state track meet this past spring. Nance was clocked at a 10.5 wind-aided 100-meter dash this spring and recorded a top electronic time of 10.66. His top electronic time in the 200 was 21.62
2. Nance is much more than just a track guy that plays football. First of all, his track speed definitely translates to the gridiron. However, he's not just a one-trick pony that can only take the top off of defenses. He shows the ability to stretch the defense vertically, but he can also operate between the hashes from the slot position and is often utilized as a ball carrier on fly sweeps. Nebraska should be able to get very creative with his skill set in terms of creating mismatches with his speed and finding ways to get the ball in his hands.
3. Nance appears to be a natural hands catcher as he doesn't let the football get into his body. He does a very nice job of tracking the ball while it's in the air and shows excellent body control while making catches. When you combine that with his ability to gain separation with his speed, as well a his superior ability to run after the catch, you've got a player with a ton of big-play ability that defenses will have to respect.
4. Not only does Nance also play defense for his team, but he plays cornerback at a very high level and could honestly have a future on that side of the football if he ever wanted it. He's obviously got great size and speed, but also tremendous ball skills. He recorded five interceptions as a junior and isn't afraid to get physical.
5. Nance is also a big special teams contributor for his high school football team and is especially dangerous as a punt returner. He's a natural ball carrier who shows the ability to start and stop on a dime to go along with good change of direction. He should definitely get a look as a return guy once he gets to Lincoln.
6. You can never have too many competitors on your football team and that's exactly what Nance is. He's a multi-sport guy who will do whatever it takes to help his team. He's a winner that helped lead his team to an 11-2 record last season and he also gets it done in the classroom.
It's pretty amazing that Nance went from only having one offer from East Central Oklahoma on March 28 to over 20 offers just three months later. His athleticism and mental makeup are exactly why he blew up the way he did.
7. Nebraska assistant Ryan Held is a recruiting machine. He's been the lead recruiter, or played a major role, in well over half of Nebraska's 11 commits thus far for its 2019 recruiting class and he's got plenty of other possible targets left out there who could eventually end up in Lincoln. Held is responsible for the state of Oklahoma, which is an area that NU is beginning to have more and more success in. Nance gives the Huskers two commits from the Sooner state so far for 2019.
Junior season stat check:
Passing: 1-1, 31 yards
Rushing: 23 carries for 174 yards and three touchdowns
Receiving: 35 catches for 673 yards (19.2 ypc) and six touchdowns
Defense: 36 tackles, six pass breakups, five interceptions, one interception returned for a touchdown
Special teams: Kickoff return: 5-65 yards; Punt return: 12-277 yards (23.1 ypr) and three touchdowns
8. 2019 Nebraska commit breakdown
6/29/2018 - Jamie Nance - WR - 6-foot, 160 - Blanchard, OK - 3 Stars
6/22/2018 - Matthew Anderson - OL - 6-foot-7, 250 - Leesville, LA - NR
6/15/2018 - Ronald Thompkins - RB - 6-foot, 195 - Loganville, GA - 3 Stars
6/6/2018 - Jackson Hannah - LB - 6-foot-3, 234 - Nashville, TN - 4 Stars
6/4/2018 - Luke McCaffrey - QB - 6-foot-2, 180 - Highlands Ranch, CO - 3 Stars
6/1/2018 - Desmond Bland - OL - 6-foot-4, 300 - Yuma, AZ (Flossmoor, Ill.) - 4 Stars
5/5/2018 - Rahmir Johnson - RB - 5-foot-10, 170 - Oradell, NJ - 4 Stars
4/9/2018 - Thomas Grayson - RB - 5-foot-11, 190 - Tulsa, OK - 2 Stars
3/5/2018 - Ethan Piper - DE - 6-foot-4, 280 - Norfolk, Neb. - 3 Stars
11/24/2017 - Garrett Snodgrass - ATH - 6-foot-3, 220 - York, Neb. - 3 Stars
6/24/2017 - Garrett Nelson - OLB - 6-foot-3, 236 - Scottsbluff, Neb. - 3 Stars
9. Commits by position
1 - Quarterback
3 - Running back
1 - Wide receiver
0 - Tight end
2- Offensive linemen
0 - Defensive tackle
1 - Defensive end
1 - Outside linebacker
1 - Inside linebacker
0 - Safety
0 - Cornerback
1 - Athlete
0 - Special teams
10. Where are they from?
3 - Nebraska
2 - Oklahoma
1 - Colorado
1 - Georgia
1 - Illinois
1 - Louisiana
1 - New Jersey
1 - Tennessee