Nebraska still in it for Najvar?

If there has been an Achilles heal in Nebraska's classes, before Ben Cotton, it might be that every big-time tight end that Nebraska set out to get ended up picking someone else. It's a tragedy considering Matt Herian's success that he had early in his career and what a player like him does to diversify an offense. Nebraska had their eyes early on Jordan Najvar, but has that ship sailed?

There isn't one thing that Nebraska can go back and blame on the inability to land their top tight end prospects. Names like Jacob Amie, Coby Fleener and others come to mind the past two years.

This year, Jordan Najvar looks as if he was one of Nebraska's top targets at tight end. The 6-foot-6 and 235-pound tight end with 4.59 speed from Spring (Texas) Klein Oak has the speed and size that teams crave from their tight ends.

"I think that I have good speed," Najvar said. "Most of my catches were inside the 20 so my team likes to throw the ball up and I go and get it.

"I had 12 receptions for 160 yards and one score last year. I was an all-district selection as well as an all-region selection."

Najvar didn't have huge numbers because his team is primarily a running team. However, more than 20 teams have recognized his ability without having big stats.

"I have 23 offers. The big ones are from Miami, California, Arizona State, Nebraska, Missouri and Texas A&M. There are others, but I am not really favoring anyone right now."

Najvar has simplified his recruiting. Comparing the size of weight rooms and stadiums will make all the teams about equal. He is looking deeper than that.

"All the schools that have offered me have good academics and good football tradition. I am looking to build the relationship with the coaching staff."

Najvar hasn't taken any trips yet, but there are some plans coming up. Najvar is looking at making a trip out to the West Coast to see Cal, Arizona State and then swing down to Texas A&M.

One of the teams that offered Najvar early was Nebraska. It seems that the interest was there early by Nebraska and Najvar and since it has faded some. There is a list of about 10 schools and Nebraska would be in there, but they are in the second tier.

"I really haven't talked to Nebraska all that much. I know that they have offered some other tight ends. To be honest, I am not looking that hard at them right now.

"I am mostly looking at the West Coast schools, A&M and Missouri. I am talking to those coaches. I have ruled about 10 schools out of the 23 so far.

"There are some schools that are less than the other schools that I am interested in and the ones that I talk to. Nebraska is in that medium group."

It doesn't happen with many prep athletes, because you have to be simply one of the elite for this issue to even come up.

Who has offered me?

For Norcross HS (Norcross, GA) standout running back D.J. Adams, figuring that out is a process in and of itself.

"Well, I go home and check the mail, but you have to read everything, because you don't know what's an offer and what isn't," D.J. said. "Then I'll ask my coach, because some of the offers go there and he'll tell me sometimes ‘Oh yeah, here's a couple in the drawer.'

"I couldn't honestly tell you who they are all from, because I have been just going down the list of those I have had for awhile."

That brings us to the Huskers, a team Adams knows a little about, but when it comes to the offer, he's simply not sure whether the big red have sent him an offer in writing or not. "I honestly don't know. I'd have to look and see, but I just don't know right now," he said. "It would be cool if I did."

Adams, as he has visited a number of schools thus far, including Clemson, Maryland, Notre Dame, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Georgia. And there are a number in the future, CAL being the one which is scheduled, that expected to happen in just over a week.

Back to the Huskers, though, while Adams says he knows a bit about the big red, and he even has a family connection, but hasn't had any contact with the coach in Lincoln thus far. "I have an uncle who is an alum of Nebraska, but I haven't been there myself," he said. "But it's Nebraska. You hear about Nebraska all the time."

With time ticking down to the start of the season Adams said that while he wants to get in as much as he can as far as visits, he's now sure that his decision won't be coming anytime soon. That was a thought at one point, even including possible early enrollment to his college of choice. But he's going to enjoy his last season and the recruiting process as well.

"We had talked about it, but after discussing it, we just feel it's better to just get through school and then figure out where I want to go," he said.

While Adams isn't currently ranked amongst the top backs, it's more than likely due to the fact that he simply hasn't been evaluated properly at this point.  The 5-10, 212 lbs. back had 204 carries for 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior (2007) season. He also had three receptions for 96 yards and two scores, helping lead his team to an 11-2 record and the second round of the playoffs.

The recruiting process could take awhile for Adams, but he said that even now some teams stand out. "I like Maryland a lot. I like the coaches there, the program and the atmosphere," he said. "I see them going up and doing a lot in the ACC.

"And I like Notre Dame a lot. It's Notre Dame. What else do you have to say and I can tell you that I haven't seen anything more beautiful than that place."

Adams admits that he does have a few teams in mind, but this process is going to get a lot more analytical down the road. "It's about weighing pros and cons and making sure to do all the research," he said. "Location really isn't important, but there's so much that goes into where I want to go, this could end up taking awhile."

And for Adams, he will probably have more offers on the way.


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