Nebraska has landed a specialist with a linebacker's body.
A day after watching Nebraska take on Iowa, Camas high school (WA) punter/kicker Caleb Lighbourn announced on social media he was jumping in the Huskers' class.
"Everything," said Lighbourn when he was pressed on what he liked about Nebraska. "There wasn't anything that I didn't like.
“I really like the coaches. They are great,” said Lightbourn in a previous story with Scout.com. “I can’t wait to go down for a visit and see what it is like. I am so glad to see that Coach Read cares so much about his specialists, especially the current ones. I can’t wait to meet some of them and get to know what it is like to be a Husker.”
Nebraska kicker Drew Brown might be just a sophomore and junior Sam Foltz a junior, but it didn't stop special teams coach Bruce Read from finding new talent.
In September, Read made an offer to Lightbourn. The Huskers were the first and to this point the only school to put a scholarship on the table.
"They want me to be the punter and handle kickoffs," said Lightbourn. "I will redshirt my first year there and also be the emergency backup kicker. It's not easy to handle all three at a high level of consistency. I feel like I could deliver on all three, but I have more potential on punts and kickoffs."
Here is the breakdown of Lightbourn from KohlsKicking.com.
“Lightbourn is a D-1 scholarship punter. He has as superior athleticism and overall power. His dad was an Olympic high jumper for Jamaica. Lightbourn has a vertical leg swing and can drive a ball as well as anyone in the 2016 class. He can also kick off and kick FG but his greatest strength is his punting. He should continue to develop in the months and years to come. He is a special punter/kicker who had a big Scholarship Camp on FG, KO, and also did well in punting. Lightbourn has impressive natural talent.”
The punter/kicker is still on campus taking his official visit. When he leaves, Scout.com will get a hold of him.