Destined for Nebraska?

There's no way for any of us to know what it takes to de-commit. If you haven't done it, it's impossible to tell just how hard it can wrench at a young person's insides. It's like going back on your word. It's like not meaning what you said and even you can doubt just what your intentions were. But, if it's the right decision, because you realized your initial decision simply came to fast, it could be the smartest thing you have ever done.

There wasn't a person that hated more the decision to change his mind about his pledge to Texas A&M than Will Oliver. People often take a knee-jerk stance that when a young man de-commits, it was because they either weren't thinking things through, were just playing games or treated that commit as just something to use to their advantage.

Such was certainly not the case with Will Oliver.

"It was the hardest decision I ever had to make in my life." Will said. "I felt that I owed coach Rutger (the coach that recruited Oliver). He was one of the nicest men I had ever met in my life and I just felt like I let him down when I de-committed."

With the obvious conviction of the initial commitment, it would have had to taken something major to make him rethink his decision and ultimately change his mind. "I had been second-guessing myself ever since the day I committed." Oliver stated. "I didn't think that I would get the offers that I did after I committed."

And offers are what he got, but it wasn't all the offers Will got, but one offer in particular that made the largest difference. "The day after I committed, I got offered by the school that it was my childhood dream to play for and that was Nebraska."

It doesn't take much to think about the school you loved as a kid. Maybe it's the school you still love now, but that impact when you were young was significant. And for some, it's just a matter of turning on the TV and "clicking" with that team, how they do things, what kind of reputation they have or a variety of other reasons why they attracted you.

Will's reasoning goes beyond even that as his connection with Nebraska spans farther than just some avid weekend viewing. "When I was 7 years old, we went on a trip to retrace my mother's roots." Will said. "She actually lived in Nebraska for a very long time at Blue Springs and Wymore."

"We went to the University, went to the bookstore, got some posters and some souvenirs and it grew from there. Every time college football Saturday came on, we always looked for them."

I felt as you probably feel in that it would seem that Nebraska is the place Oliver wants to be. It wasn't the entire reason he de-committed, but the fact that his childhood favorite offered him a scholarship to play for them, well, it certainly didn't hurt.

He's loved them since he was a kid, watches them every chance he gets and they were at least partly a factor in Will deciding that his decision may have not been the right one after all. But, with all that being said, Will isn't ready to jump at Nebraska, because he did that once and now, you can understand his caution at doing it again.

"I am looking at everything very seriously." Will said. "I made a hasty decision before and I know that the next decision I make will be my final decision. I want to make it a good one."

Along with Nebraska, Will is looking at TCU, Texas Tech and West Point. Oliver had an official to the Aggies scheduled, but as you might expect, has since cancelled that and is looking to schedule officials to his schools of choice at a later date.

Steve Ryan can be reached at or 402-730-5619

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