Matt Farniok

Matt Farniok, a Parade All-American, is also one of the Huskers' key signees from the 500-mile radius.


Husker wide receiver Derrion Grim and offensive tackle signee Matt Farniok were named Parade All-Americans on Friday.

Grim was also one of four candidates for Parade All-America Player of the Year, but that honor went to North Carolina quarterback signee Chazz Surratt.

A group of Parade magazine editors selected the group of four up for Player of the Year status. Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan made the final selection.

Click here for the full list of 2016 Parade All-Americans.

Grim enrolled at Nebraska last month and will go through winter conditioning and spring practices. He's one of two wide receivers the Huskers added in the 2016 signing class.

He had 96 receptions for 1,928 yards and 34 touchdowns plus three return touchdowns as a senior for Stockton (Calif.) McNair. Grim led the nation in touchdown receptions and broke a California state record in that category for a single season.

Grim was a consensus three-star prospect and the nation's No. 118 wide receiver, according to the 247sports composite.

“I believe being called a five-star (prospect) is just for the articles," Grim said in an interview with Parade. "Being called a three-star just makes me hungrier and has made me want to prove everyone wrong."

Farniok was one of the Huskers' top five highest ranked signees in the 2016 class. He's one of four offensive linemen that NU signed, but the only tackle. 

Farniok is also a key member of the Huskers' class from within the 500-mile radius.

NU won a late recruiting battle against Iowa and Michigan State to win his commitment, which the Huskers received on Jan. 27.

Both of Farniok's older brothers played college football, and his younger brother Will Farniok, a 2018 prospect, already has offers from several schools, including Nebraska.

"A guy like Farniok, physically when he walked in, you would not know he is going to be just walking out of high school," NU coach Mike Riley said Wednesday. "Physically he has got a chance to be that guy."

Fellow offensive line signee John Raridon received honorable mention honors from Parade.

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