Bellevue West wide receiver Zavier Betts committed to the Huskers after attending Wednesday’s practice.
“Honestly, I was thinking about committing silently and keeping it a secret for a while,” Betts said. “While I was at practice, I just said I want to be a part of this program and I didn’t want to wait any longer and miss the opportunity to play there.”
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior is the No. 91 prospect in the country, according to 247Sports composite. He liked everything he saw Wednesday and wants to be a part of rebuilding a national title contender.
“The way they practice and the way they work hard to rebuild and win a national championship all reminds me of (Bellevue) West,” Betts said. “We won in 2016 and are working to get back there. The drive they put in and the pace every day reminds me of what we do each day.”
Betts received an offer from Nebraska during his sophomore season. He also has power-conference offers from Minnesota, Iowa, Purdue and Iowa State.
“It came down to Nebraska and Minnesota,” Betts said. “I am shutting it down and am fully committed to Nebraska.”
Betts had 48 catches for 856 yards and 12 touchdowns during his junior season. He has 2,145 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns on his career.
“The sky is the limit for Zavier,” Bellevue West coach Michael Huffman said. “If you are evaluating (Nebraska’s) roster, they have explosive guys but not much with length. He will give them the opportunity to stretch the field.
“He is big, long and explosive, but he is still just a young pup. I think his ceiling is so high.”
Betts is the Huskers’ third commit from Bellevue West in as many years. Running back Jaylin Bradley was a part of the 2017 recruiting class, and offensive lineman AJ Forbes joined the 2018 class as a walk-on.
Though Betts is not a full academic qualifier yet, it is something he said he is working on.
“I don’t have the ACT score yet, and I am going to take the ACT as much as possible in the next year,” he said. “I am pulling the grades up now because I am retaking some things so that part shouldn’t be an issue.”
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