Koley set to walk-on at Nebraska

The dream to play on the D-I stage seemed miles away for Creighton Koley from Omaha (Nebr.) Skutt after he told his ACL. He was committed to a D-II school, but then Nebraska entered the picture and the opportunity to walk-on was too good to pass up.

Creighton Koley from Omaha (Nebr.) Skutt accepted a walk-on opportunity with Nebraska yesterday. The 6-foot-1 and 180-pound athlete with 4.5/40 speed chose the Huskers over a D-II commitment.

"I decided to walk-on at Nebraska yesterday," Koley said. "I wasn't on the big visit weekend, but Coach Jeff Jamrog came to speak with me at my school.

"I know his son at Mt. Michael and I know him. Before the offer to walk-on at Nebraska I was committed to play at Northern State which is a D-II school in Aberdeen, S.D."

Koley boasted as a child that he would play big-time football when he got older. That dream was in jeopardy though after an injury sidelined him for part of his senior season.

"Ever since I was little, and you can ask my dad this, I told him that I was going to play on a big stage. I tore my ACL and the D-I interest to walk-on dried up.

"Then Nebraska came along and gave me an opportunity. I had to chance to follow my dream and I didn't want to give that opportunity away."

The injury came late in the season and couldn't slot Skutt down as a whole as they went on to win the Class B title. Koley says that he's ahead in the rehabilitation and is looking forward to training again.

"I tore my ACL in week eight or nine; in the district championship. I am about two and a half to three months into rehab and I am ahead of schedule. I should be jumping in two week and running in a month."

Koley played on both sides of the ball for Skutt as quarterback and a defensive back. The Huskers have told Koley that they like him on defense and Koley has the right mentality for the position.

"Nebraska likes me as a safety. I would say that I fill the alley well from the safety spot and I like to come up and hit people."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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