Holtmeier excited about walk-on opportunity

Blake Holtmeier from Kearney (Nebr.) Catholic thought he might be good enough to play D-II ball at the next level. D-II offers came, but so did an opportunity to walk-on at Nebraska that was just too good to pass up.

Blake Holtmeier, a 6-foot-2 and 190-pound wide receiver, from Kearney (Nebr.) Catholic took a couple of recent trips. After taking the trips he realized that the best option was a walk-on spot at Nebraska.

"I went on the visit to Nebraska on January 19th," Holtmeier said. "I got a call the week before with the offer to walk-on. I felt on home on my visit then I visited Washburn in Topeka and I knew a day later that I wanted to go to Nebraska."

Like many other walk-ons Holtmeier could have taken money to go to college. Instead, he felt like there was too much to pass up in Lincoln.

"I had offers to play for both Washburn and Augustana. I just felt like Nebraska had so much more to offer without getting a scholarship."

The reality of this might be that Holtmeier didn't foresee a walk-on spot at Nebraska coming down the pipe. He felt like there would be some smaller school opportunities, but the Nebraska came calling.

"Going through my senior year I thought that I could probably go play D-II. But, I got a rare opportunity to play football for Nebraska. I had to take it."

Holtmeier is a tall wide receiver who with his abilities on the hardwood knows how to go up and get the ball at the highest point. "I think that I use my size to my advantage against shorter defenders. I have some basketball ability and I can high point the ball."

This spring walk-on wide receiver Sam Burtch got a scholarship from Nebraska. The redshirt sophomore hauled in 12 passes including three touchdowns in 2013. It's a feel-good situation that Holtmeier sees as a possibility for him too.

"If you look at a guy like Sam Burtch it's a success story and you know that with some hard work putting your mind to it that you can get a scholarship."

Holtmeier was an all-state wide receiver by the Omaha World-Herald and an all-state defensive back by the Lincoln Journal-Star, all-Hub territory wide receiver and also all-district.

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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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