LINCOLN — Nebraska football’s first commit for the 2016 recruiting class has been going to Husker games his whole life. Lincoln Christian athlete Jared Bubak particularly recalls the 2005 and 2006 pass-catch duo of Zac Taylor and Todd Peterson.
“I’ve grown up in this backyard, so your whole lifetime as a kid, you’ve just wanted to be a Husker,” Bubak said Tuesday night, well after Lincoln Christian finished a film session. “It’s definitely a lifelong dream. I think they’re one of the best programs in the nation, and there’s nowhere I’d rather play.”
Even if that’s true, Nebraska apparently didn’t want to take any chances. The Huskers typically wait until after a prospect’s junior year — in state or out of state — to extend a verbal offer. With the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Bubak, a three-star tight end prospect according to 247Sports, NU delivered the news in late July just after Bubak had taken an unofficial visit to Tennessee.
Bubak waited a little more than a month to commit to Nebraska just before the Huskers took the field Saturday against McNeese State. He told tight ends coach and in-state recruiter Barney Cotton he intended to commit. Cotton then shared the news with coach Bo Pelini.
“Nebraska stuck their neck out there for me,” said Bubak, whose parents were athletes at Doane. “They offered earlier than most in-state kids. I really feel like that was the place I wanted to go. My family and I prayed about it a lot, and that was the right fit for me. I wanted to pay Nebraska back for offering me so early.”
What the Huskers hope to get is a tight end heading into the program right about the time several current tight ends are exhausting their eligibility. Cethan Carter, Sam Cotton and Trey Foster are sophomores, while Greg Hart is a redshirt freshman. All four will be upperclassmen by the time Bubak is able to play, and Carter, Cotton and Foster will be gone if Bubak redshirts his first season.
And he might need some time to learn NU’s blocking schemes. Bubak is a quarterback for Lincoln Christian right now and has played wide receiver in the past. It’s good to know now, Bubak said, where Nebraska plans to place him.
“I’ll be prepared,” Bubak said. “I’ll know what they’re looking for — and what they need from me.”
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