Huskers extend offer to Abner

The fifth in-state offer for Nebraska goes to a player that has stood out in a smaller class in Nebraska in a big way. What is the most surprising about this athlete is that football may not be his best sport. He was really urged to come out and play football last year and stood out as a wide receiver and safety. Nebraska liked what they saw this week and offered.

If anyone was wondering about the actual measurements on Zane Abner, then you can put your mind at ease. Abner came into the Nebraska camp at 6-foot-4 and almost 190 pounds. Although his 40 time wasn't what he expected, a 4.8, Nebraska left impressed enough with Abner's performance to offer.

"I got an offer from Nebraska following camp," Abner said. "They just said that I would have an offer after my sophomore year and whether that means my redshirt year plus two or just my first two years, I don't know for sure. I have it on paper and I haven't looked it over too much."

There is a way to get the offer for more than just his junior and senior years. Abner will need to either start or be playing significantly in Lincoln and that could earn him the scholarship early.

"There is a way that I can get the financial assistance before my senior year. If I am starting before my sophomore year I will be on scholarship. They said that if I break the starting lineup before then I will be on scholarship from then on."

Abner worked out as a receiver in Lincoln, but Abner was impressive as a safety last year at Atkinson (Nebr.). Abner intercepted nine passes in eight games, but as a receiver he caught 33 passes for 623 yards and nine scores averaging almost 19 yards per reception.

"They worked me out as a wide receiver at camp. I don't think that I had the best camp overall, but I thought that my workout was alright. I think that I caught the ball really well and ran really crisp routes. Before we did a lot of receiver drills in the camp and I did alright."

This isn't the first time that Abner and his family took the time to make the trip to Lincoln. This was one of the better chances though to get a look around and see some things. All in all, Abner felt really comfortable in Lincoln and could see himself making an impact down the road.

"I came down earlier this year to talk to some coaches and get a look around. I spent a day there. I don't know for sure if I would be an impact player in Lincoln, but I definitely know that I could work myself into that position. It's going to take a little work, a little developing. It's a bit more long-term."

The rest of the summer isn't very well known for Abner except that he will be busy. "I know for sure that I have team camps and possibly thinking about hitting another individual camp. The team camps are with South Dakota State and Nebraska Wesleyan. I was thinking maybe about going to camp at Iowa State."

Abner has yet to pick up an offer to contend with Nebraska's. Football may not be the only sport though that Abner could expect to hear about scholarships in though. "I haven't picked up any other offers yet. I was excited to get any kind of offer from Nebraska. It's very big to me. I am going to have to wait to see the whole picture to see how everything goes. I will need to see what happens with basketball."


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