Lincoln Southwest athlete plans to walk-on

This Lincoln Southwest athlete had plenty of interest from around the Midwest, but his desire to be a Husker was too strong in the end.

Lincoln Southwest HS athlete Brandon Reilly, an all-state Nebraska defensive back in 2011, has decided to walk-on at Nebraska.

After recording nine total touchdowns this season, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior had schools like South Dakota, South Dakota State, Nebraska Kearney, Southeast Missouri State, Tulsa, and Illinois State interested, but in the end decided there was no opportunity like a preferred walk-on spot.

"Those schools told me that if I came to visit, a scholarship would be available, but I decided today to not go visit," said Reilly (4.5 forty). "It's a dream of mine to play at Nebraska and I look forward to this opportunity.

"It's hard to pass up a full ride, but in the end knew I would regret not giving myself a chance."

Nebraska looks to try Reilly first as a receiver, but will also be willing to look at him as a safety down the road.

"Eight of my touchdowns were over 50 yards," said the 2012 prospect. " I only had two catching touchdowns. Three of them were rushing ones. I also had an interception return, two punts and a kick return touchdown."

Growing up in Lincoln, it's hard not to cheer for Nebraska, which meant Reilly's family was more than excited with his decision.

"They are the biggest Husker fans, so they were pretty excited and thought it was a good decision. As far as the coaches, they seemed pretty excited as well."

More to come on Reilly in the coming days.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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