In surprising late twist, Huskers miss on wide receiver Jamire Calvin

Jamire Calvin worked out with Nebraska coaches during a satellite camp in California in June.

Most considered four-star wide receiver Jamire Calvin to be a Nebraska lock.

His 247Sports crystal ball read 100 percent in favor of the Huskers as late as Friday afternoon. But predictions started to shift Saturday morning in advance of his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

That change in expectations proved true when Calvin made his commitment to Oregon State on national television, a big miss for Nebraska on a recruit many expected to become the 16th member of the 2017 recruiting class.

Calvin's other finalists were Alabama, Notre Dame and Washington State.

Calvin admitted during his announcement that he had his heart set on "another school," though he didn't mention that it was Nebraska. He said over the last few days he reconsidered and opted instead to go to Oregon State.

Calvin is a four-star prospect, according to most of the major recruiting services (ESPN lists him as a three-star). The 247Sports composite ranks him as the the nation’s No. 254 overall recruit and No. 36 wide receiver.

Calvin, who hails from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, made a pair of visits to Nebraska during the recruiting process. His first trip to Lincoln came in April, when he and several other targets from California attended the Husker spring game. Calvin then returned about five months later on an official visit for the season opener against Fresno State.

He took his official visit to Oregon State about a month later, and he'll be headed to Corvallis for his collegiate career.

That's an especially tough pill to swallow for the Nebraska coaches, who have now seen two wide receiver recruits commit to their former school. Isaiah Hodgins, who visited during the season, committed to the Beavers on Nov. 18.

Nebraska is left with two wide receivers currently in its 2017 class — Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Jaevon McQuitty — who will both enroll next week and go through spring practice. 

The Huskers have several other wide receiver targets left on the board. Gavin Holmes, out of the Dallas area, took an official visit in December. Five-star Joseph Lewis is also in play. He'll announce on national signing day, but the Huskers will have to beat out hometown USC to get him. Keep an eye also on Lynn Bowden, one of the top players in the state of Ohio, who's expected to visit in the next couple weeks.

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