Recruiting: WR Kade Warner, son of future NFL Hall of Famer, weighing walk-on opportunity at Nebraska

Even the son of an NFL legend like Kurt Warner can be overlooked in recruiting, but Kade Warner may walk on at Nebraska.

LINCOLN — Kade Warner just had one of the most memorable weekends of his young life. He watched the Super Bowl. Better yet, he was in the Houston hotel room when his dad, Kurt Warner, got word he’d been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Kade, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound record-setting prep receiver from Arizona, might have two memorable weekends in a row. This weekend, he’s visiting Nebraska to see if the Husker program is a good spot for him as a preferred walk-on. He’s also considering walking on at Arizona State, UCLA and Iowa.

NU, which fell one wideout short in its 2017 recruiting class, might be able to land a player whose prep production far outpaces the recruiting attention he’s received. Yes, even the son of an NFL star can go under the radar. Warner, who has an Arizona state record of 241 receptions, hasn’t received a single FBS offer.

“Bewildered” is the word Kade uses to describe his reaction to so little attention.

David Sedmak, Warner’s coach at Scottsdale Desert Mountain High School, said he’s “very disappointed.” But Sedmak also knows why: College recruiters are usually looking for guys a little taller or faster than Warner is.

“They look at these guys with all the measurables and think they can teach them all the subtle details,” Sedmak said. Warner already knows those things, Sedmak said. His football IQ is high, and he’s learned how to play the wideout position. As a result, Sedmak said, Warner is more polished than other raw receivers — and perhaps less attractive to certain assistants.

“Wherever he goes,” Sedmak said, “Kade will play a lot, and probably early.”

At Desert Mountain, Warner lined up at nearly every receiver position — including a few snaps at H-back, a position more commonly filled by a tight end. He consistently gained yards after the catch, Sedmak said. Warner’s highlight film on Hudl backs up that claim. He caught 35 touchdowns over three seasons.

Arizona State has shown him the most attention, Warner said. NU learned of Warner through Husker graduate assistant Blair Tushaus, who coached one season at Desert Mountain High School in 2015.

“Coach Tus is great,” Warner said. “That’s my guy.”

Iowa is the least likely of those four destinations, Warner said. Arizona State, the hometown team, sees a fit for Warner in its offense.

Warner said he’s intrigued by Nebraska and coach Mike Riley’s offense, which emphasizes using a variety of pieces. And there’s another appeal, too.

“I know Nebraska has a great walk-on program,” Warner said.

After his visit, Warner could make his decision as early as next week. He’s that rare prospect who didn’t necessarily need to pick a school by signing day.

With everything going on in the Super Bowl preparation last week, it would have been impossible to take a visit to NU. Kurt Warner is an analyst for NFL Network and covered the Super Bowl. What’s more, Kurt found out Saturday that he’d be a part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Kade and the rest of his immediate and extended family surprised Kurt in Houston by flying in.

Typically, Kade said, finalists for the Hall of Fame are put in a hotel room as the voting is conducted. If the finalist gets a phone call from the committee, that means he didn’t get in. If the finalist gets a knock on the hotel room door, that’s usually good news.

But not last year for Kurt. He was told in person that he didn’t make the Hall of Fame.

So when the knock came this year, Kade said, the family didn’t know what might happen — until they saw cameras at the door.

“That’s when we knew he’d made it,” Kade said.

Kurt, the Iowa native who won a Super Bowl in the 1999 season with the St. Louis Rams, is an assistant on the Desert Mountain team. Sedmak said Kurt is supportive of Kade, but the son is “definitely his own guy.”

“The whole family is very high-character,” Sedmak said.

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