Kaedyn Odermann

Kaedyn Odermann is the second Millard West player in the 2020 class to commit to a Division I school, following fellow receiver Dalys Beanum, a South Dakota State pledge.

Millard West’s Kaedyn Odermann is headed to Harvard. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver announced his commitment Tuesday on Twitter.

Odermann is the second Nebraskan in the 2020 class to commit to an Ivy League school. Kearney’s Miko Maessner chose Princeton last week.

“I think the academic side of things speaks for itself,” Odermann said. “They have more specific subjects that fit what I want to do.”

Odermann is likely to major in engineering and has scored a 32 on the ACT.

Beginning in 2020, the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will expand into a new facility in Allston, Massachusetts, directly across the river from Cambridge. According to the school’s website, the environmentally sustainable complex will be more than 500,000 square feet with state-of-the-art classrooms, labs, community spaces and more.

That stood out to Odermann.

“To be able to study in a building like that means a lot,” he said.

Harvard’s tradition on the football field also caught his eye.

“The head coach (Tim Murphy) is a legend,” Odermann said. “Harvard has also won the Ivy League championship 17 times, and they have a great tradition.”

Odermann’s recruitment picked up after his trip to the East Coast to compete in camps. He received five offers, choosing Harvard over Cornell, Princeton, William & Mary and Yale. He also had a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska.

“When I got home from my trip I got postcards from every coach on the Harvard staff, and that was huge to me,” he said. “The emphasis the school puts on student-athletes is huge. They let you balance school and athletics.”

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