Nebraska Signee Profile: J.D. Spielman

Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu previews what the Huskers are getting with commit J.D. Spielman.

J.D. Spielman

Position: WR (played DB in high school as well)

Height: 5-foot-9 / Weight: 175-pounds

High school: Eden Prairie high school (MN)

SENIOR HONORS: 2015 Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year / Class 6-A Minnesota All-State player

SENIOR STATS: 1,402 total yards on offense and 19 total touchdowns. Spielman also had eight interceptions.

THE LOWDOWN: The son of Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, J.D. was the complete two-way player for Eden Prairie high school in 2015.

His first visit to Lincoln was during spring practices. It put the Huskers in a great position to land the talented standout. A return trip in August to see Nebraska during fall camp sealed the deal.

 A preseason decision allowed Spielman to focus on football. It paid off. Playing both ways, both offensive coordinators and defensive coordinators had to constantly account for the senior.  

“J.D. Spielman is not only an exceptional athlete but also a tremendous person who represents our school and community with great class,” Eden Prairie High Head Coach Mike Grant told USA TODAY High School Sports. “He is one of the best players to ever play in Minnesota. His skills and competitive drive separate him from all others. He has great speed and instincts with great natural physical strength. He was the best player on the field every game and Eden Prairie played the toughest schedule in the state.”

WHY NEBRASKA: “Nebraska said they are looking for a guy who can be a vertical threat as well as be able to run the ball out of sweeps.”

WHO OFFERED HIM: Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa.

SCOUT.com ANALYSIS: To be cliche, this kid is a pure football player. He is smart, he plays hard, he's not afraid of contact and he has that innate ability to make splash plays. Our question on him was pure speed and he answered that. He's a great fit for Nebraska. I think they'll be able to use him in multiple spots on their offense and he can be a kid who replaces Demornay Pierson-El as return man. He's a talent, but his intangibles are really what makes me confident he will do some exciting things in Lincoln. – Allen Trieu, Scout.com national recruiting analyst


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