What was once a hidden recruiting gem in the Cornhusker state has now gone national. Omaha South Magnet High School athlete Noah Fant just wrapped up a west coast recruiting trip hitting Cal and UCLA, causing even more concern for the Nebraska faithful.
Fant jumped onto the recruiting scene in 2014 as a two-way star for Omaha South. The Packers had little going their way in the win-loss column finishing 1-8 but their now 6-foot-6, 210-pound star mixed it up at running back, rushing for 54 yards on six carries and two touchdowns while reeling in 32 passes for 494 yards and eight scores as a tight end. Even with teams running away from Fant when he lined up defensive end, he still managed 28 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, and 1.5 sacks in nine games last season.
The Cornhuskers offered Fant in early March with Iowa State, Iowa, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Cal extending offers over the offseason. Fant has taken unofficial visits to Iowa State and Vanderbilt. The west coast swing started on Aug. 1 with a Twitter update from Cal on Aug 3.
On Aug. 4, Fant posted photos of the Bruins' weight room, being stuck in Los Angeles traffic, and a promotional selfie wearing a UCLA No. 45 jersey while flexing his guns.
Nebraska head coach Mike Riley has made Fant a priority but the outside recruiting pressure for one of the top players in the state is mounting. The Cornhuskers initially wanted to use the in-state talent on defense as a weak-side defensive end but are now willing to try him at tight end if that is what it takes to get his signature on National Signing Day. UCLA is recruiting Fant as a tight end.
Fant had openly discussed an early commitment by late June or sometime in July but as interest has continued to grow and he has made some unofficial visits that timeline has been moved back. Knowing that Fant has a desire to commit before the 2015 high school football season begins is an announcement coming around the corner?
Other teams to offer Fant include Liberty, Wyoming, Buffalo and South Dakota State.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.