Hetzer makes his choice

On paper, you have to like Tyson Hetzer's measureables. While he would admittedly say that he is closer to 250-pounds now then 265, he says that he is now where he wants to be. That 4.6 speed to go with a 6-foot-7 frame provides Nebraska, and more importantly Coach Bill Callahan, the pass catching threat at the tight end position that he has missed since Matt Herian's injury.

Tyson Hetzer is a Husker. It's official. Put him in the books. He is excited about his future in Lincoln and all of the possibilities that lie ahead of him.

"I called Coach Bill Busch last night," Hetzer said. "When I couldn't get a hold of him I called tight end coach Joe Rudolph to commit."

"We were both just real excited. He can't wait to get me there to coach me he said."

Hetzer says that one of the biggest reasons he chose Nebraska is the immediate need that is there at the tight end position.

"I felt just being needed and in the West Coast Offense. I can go there and play right away."

Another reason Hetzer is solid on his pick of Nebraska is the possibility of realizing a dream and continuing his days of playing football beyond Lincoln.

"One of my main, personal goals is the play in the NFL. There couldn't be a better situation for me than Lincoln."

"They have all the resources to make me the best that I can. Also, I think that the smaller town will help me not get distracted trying to get to my goal."

Hetzer is going to complete the fall semester at Citrus (Calif.) College and will have his associates degree. After that, he will be able to transfer to Lincoln.

"I get my associates this fall and I will be out by December. I will be able to go through a full spring at Nebraska and will have two years to play two years."

Hetzer said that his weight was discussed in Lincoln and that Conditioning Coach, Dave Kennedy, said that his current weight is perfect.

"As a junior in high school I played tight end and was about 6-foot-6 and 230-pounds. As a senior, I played at about 6-foot-7 and 240-pounds."

"I got up to 265-pounds at North Alabama, but that wasn't good weight. I have lost most of that bad weight since leaving and am about 250-pounds now."

Hetzer is the third commit in three days for Nebraska. Shaun Mohler is also a junior college player that was in for an official visit this weekend.

Nebraska also picked up the commitment of linebacker Doug Rippy. Rippy and Hetzer will both be in Lincoln for the spring semester.


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