Kaedyn Odermann

Millard West receiver Kaedyn Odermann said he ran a 4.5 at Nebraska's Friday Night Lights camp.

After camping at Nebraska and South Dakota State, it was a trip to the East Coast that paid off the most for Kaedyn Odermann.

"I got four offers this week," the Millard West senior said. "I camped at Cornell, Yale, Harvard and Princeton and all four offered me."

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver scored a 32, with a 33 superscore, on the ACT, opening doors for him in the Ivy League and beyond.

He added another offer Tuesday from William & Mary. North Dakota, Penn, North Dakota State and Army are the other schools that have shown interest but haven't offered yet.

Prior to June, Odermann was a lesser-known player for the Wildcats. He missed five games in the middle of last season due to a back injury.

"I think it happened in week two versus Burke" Odermann said of his injury. "I have no idea when, but I woke up the next day and it was sore. Then by the end of the Kearney game I could barely walk. In the middle of the season I was thinking, 'Why me?' but then I realized everything happens for a reason."

After receiving a second opinion, he was able to return for the playoffs.

With little film and statistics, his recruitment came down to June camps.

"In the beginning of the summer, the Nebraska team camp really helped to show what I can do," he said. "I was able to put some things on film and share that with different schools."

In early June he attended South Dakota State's prospect camp and learned what he needed to improve on to start collecting offers.

"I figured out how to run the 40 right at that camp," he said. "I got in a First Pick and they helped me improve. The next camp was at Nebraska's Friday Night Lights and I ran a 4.5."

Nebraska has offered Odermann as a preferred walk-on. If he chooses to accept that offer, he wouldn't be the first Husker athlete in the family.

"My brother-in-law (Tommy Armstrong) played quarterback and my sister (Jaylyn) played soccer there," he said. "If you grew up a Nebraska fan you always wanted to play at Nebraska."

However, it isn't a slam dunk that Odermann, who wants to major in engineering, he will choose to walk-on at NU. 

"What are you really going to get 20 years from now?" he said. "I targeted the schools that will put me in the best position with my degree 20 years from now. I am a math-science guy because I usually do well in those courses. I'm just making sure those schools will allow me to do both football while being an engineering student."

A decision is likely to come prior to the start of his senior season.

"Harvard really wants me to make a decision by the end of July," he said. "I will probably make a decision by the end of the month."

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