Chris Hickman

Chris Hickman averaged nearly 24 yards per catch last season.

Omaha Burke athlete Chris Hickman is the state’s top uncommitted football recruit, and he’s starting to narrow his list of suitors.

The four-star prospect is the nation’s No. 12 tight end, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and made an unofficial visit to Nebraska on Monday.

“It was good. I got to talk to the tight ends coach (Sean Beckton) and Coach (Scott) Frost, and met some of the players,” Hickman said.

He isn’t certain whether he’ll use an official visit to Nebraska, but another trip to Lincoln seems likely.

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“I think I might make it out to a game,” Hickman said. “But I don’t plan on making it out to a practice because I’m focusing on Burke during the week.”

The previous Nebraska staff recruited Hickman as an athlete capable of playing either side of the ball. Now the Huskers project him as a tight end, as do the majority of the 13 schools that have extended him a scholarship offer.

Hickman, a 2017 All-Nebraska pick, caught 24 passes for 575 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He also had 56 tackles with six sacks in 12 games.

“Some see me as a linebacker,” Hickman said. “(Nebraska was) saying both initially, but on Monday they were leaning more towards tight end.”

Hickman said he’s focused on six schools. He’s trying to set up official visits to three — LSU, Mississippi and Oregon — but hasn’t scheduled those trips yet. Iowa and Wisconsin also join Nebraska in the top group.

He doesn’t have a time frame for when he wants to make a decision.

“I am going to try to get these official visits lined up,” Hickman said, “and get around to all of the schools I want to see, then break it down and make a decision as soon as possible.”

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Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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