Akinmoladun commits to Nebraska

It's the month or so leading up to fall camp and it's usually a quiet time. Freedom Akinmoladun from Grandview (Mo.) was looking forward to today to talk about his pending commitment with all of his family and then he made the call.

It's appropriate that Freedom Akinmoladun decided to commit on the 4th of July. Akinmoladun, a standout tight end/defensive end from Grandview (Mo.) said that he really needed this date to come so he could talk with all of the necessary people before making his commitment.

"I was really waiting for today," Akinmoladun said. "One school had been standing out to me and I needed to talk to my family about my decision. This was the day that my whole family was coming together so I made my decision to commit to Nebraska."

Akinmoladun recently released a top three, but said that it came down to two teams. Between the two schools he said that there was one thing that he said was the biggest difference why he chose the Huskers.

"It was a tough choice between Nebraska and Kansas State. There was just one thing that stood out to me when I compared the two schools. The one thing that was really different was atmosphere.

"When I visited Nebraska they really took me and my family in. It really felt like I was already part of the program. I really felt at home while I was there over Big Red Weekend."

The Nebraska staff has been in touch a lot with Akinmoladun, but while he was in Lincoln there was a chance to Akinmoladun to meet an incoming freshman who had a big impact with his decision. The incoming freshman was from Kansas City and was holding offers from the two programs that Freedom said it was coming down to for him.

"I had been talking a lot lately to Coach Barney Cotton and Coach John Garrison. I also spoke a lot to an incoming freshman who is at Nebraska that is from Kansas City, Maliek Collins.

"Maliek was interesting to me because he had offers from Kansas State and Nebraska and I had to ask him why he chose Nebraska over Kansas State. He said that it came down to talking to the head coach at Nebraska and how involved he was with the process."

A player like Akinmoladun provides another play-maker in the Nebraska offense under Tim Beck. Akinmoladun says that he hopes a player like himself allows Nebraska to start targeting the tight end more in play action.

"I know that they are a running team, but I hope to be that big target that they can bring into their offense that becomes their primary receiver in play-action."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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