Birmingham (Alabama) Hoover kicker Barret Pickering is a Nebraska Cornhusker. The junior pledged to the Huskers on Tuesday, after picking up an offer from Nebraska during his Red-White spring game visit in early April. He also had an offer from Vanderbilt.
"Nebraska is a special place any kicker would want to play at," said Pickering. "The fan base is incredible. Coach Riley and the fan base really value their kickers at Nebraska. It is just a place I want to play at."
The No. 2 kicker in the 2018 class according to Kohl’s Kicking, Pickering earned Alabama All-State first-team honors as a junior and was named a
“I really enjoyed it,” said Pickering regarding his time in Nebraska. “I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know a ton about the school or the fan base, but I was blown away by everything.
“It was very shocking. I’m from Alabama, so people are dedicated to Alabama and Auburn, but it’s nothing like Nebraska. It is insane.”
While the 2018 prospect still has a senior year to worry about, Pickering will likely have some pressure on him when he sets foot in Lincoln. Kicker Drew Brown will graduate after this season, leaving Pickering as the only scholarship kicker on campus. He will be expected to contribute as a freshman, similar to Brown, who connected on 14-of-21 field goals his
"Nothing in this world is given," said Pickering. "But, I would like to come in and compete for the spot and play right away. But nothing is given to you or to me. I have to come in and compete."
While Nebraska graduate manager Nick Smith (specialists) has been active in Pickering’s recruitment, head coach Mike Riley has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to the 2018 prospect.
"It shows me the importance Nebraska puts on their specialists," said Pickering regarding Riley recruiting him. "A lot of schools, the kicker is an afterthought. It is good to be valued, knowing the head coach cares about the position.”
Pickering also knows the success Nebraska has had at the position.
“You want to go somewhere knowing you have the best opportunity. It is my dream to play in the NFL. But I must take one step at a time, but it does weigh heavy knowing they have had success,” said Pickering.”
Pickering is Nebraska's 9th commitment in the 2018 class.