Tumwater (Wash.) three-star tight end Cade Otton visited Nebraska over the weekend and left Lincoln with the Huskers' in a solid position for his services.
"It was amazing, it was really fun. I was blown away by the facilities and what not, but also the coaches' hospitality. The players made me feel really like one of them," said Otton. "It was a great time overall. I have never been to Nebraska before, so I was surprised by the size of Lincoln and how busy it was. I enjoyed every minute of it."
Otton is the nephew of former USC quarterback Brad Otton, who led the Trojans to a victory over Northwestern in the 1996 Rose Bowl. Nebraska head coach Mike Riley was USC's offensive coordinator at the time. Otton was accompanied on the trip by his father (Tim) and grandfather (Sid) - the long time head coach at Tumwater. Sid has won the Washington Class 2A state title five times. It could have been six, but the Thunderbirds lost in the state championship this past December with Cade leading the way.
"Nebraska really showed me a lot of ways they get the tight end the ball," said Cade, who didn't participate in Friday Night Lights, but watched drills. "Coach (Tavita) Thompson is really passionate. He obviously knows his stuff. He really teaches young guys well. It was one of the main reasons why I wanted to come, to get an idea and feel of his style."
With a double-digit offer list, Otton will head into the summer months with the idea of taking a few more visits and reevaluating his recruitment.
"Nebraska is definitely one of my top choices, how can it not be?" said Otton. "It would be pretty crazy for it not to be. It's an awesome place. I'm going to go through summer camps and see where I'm at. I want to take my time with my decision. I want to take everything into account. There is no timetable.
"I don't really care when the decision is made. I know that it's a big decision, but I want to take my time with it. I'm going to be completely focused on my high school season."
As a junior, Otton had nine touchdowns and over 500 receiving yards. A two-way standout, the linebacker also had nearly 140 tackles. It is not just grandpa roaming the sidelines. Father Tim Otton is a defensive line coach on staff.
Big Red Report will continue to monitor Otton's recruitment and bring you the very latest.