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2023 Defensive Back Dwight Bootle Ready to Continue Legacy at Nebraska

January 31, 2022

The Huskers will have another Bootle in the secondary soon.

Nebraska got good news on Monday. That’s when 2023 defensive back Dwight Bootle announced that he is committing. He made his announcement on Twitter.

The Miami native (5-10, 165) is the younger brother of current Kansas City Chief and former Husker Dicaprio Bootle. Dwight picked up his offer from Nebraska less than a week ago. That offer was clearly a gamechanger for him. Prior to getting an offer from Nebraska, Dwight racked up more than 20 offer, including Indiana, Michigan and Ole Miss.

“Once I sat down and talked with God, He really guided me. I’m extremely blessed,” Dwight said. “I just knew I had the chance to continue a legacy that was already built and only make it better. So, I took the opportunity and I rocked with it. I got the offer on Thursday. I called Coach Fisher back on Friday. I told him I’m not playing no games. We have to lock this in. He was with it. So, I was committed from Friday and I just posted it today.”

Once he let Dicaprio know that he was committed, the older Bootle was very happy. When he committed to Fisher, the Huskers defensive back coach was excited. He told him that was exactly what he wanted. Dwight is clear on how defensive backs coach Travis Fisher coaches his group.

“He coaches hard,” Dwight said. “He’s going to make sure you will be a ball player. He’s going to make sure you do what’s right. That’s definitely how he coaches.”

He’s been to Lincoln several times to see his brother play and as a recruit. Playing in front of the Nebraska fan base is one of the biggest reasons he picked the Huskers. He knows how passionate they are since he’s seen it firsthand.

“Lincoln is a football town,” Dwight said. “I know going up there, the fans are going to love me. I know that the coaches are going to push me to be the best that I can be.”

As a junior, Dwight totaled 67 tackles, 22 pass break ups and one interception in 11 games for Killian High in Miami. Nebraska’s 2023 recruiting class is off to a nice start. Bootle is the third player to join Nebraska’s 2023 class. He joins in-state tight end Benjamin Brahmer from Pierce and Lincoln Southeast offensive lineman Gunnar Gottula. The team signed just 13 high school recruits during the early signing period in December. The 2023 class could set up for a nice bounce back class for the program.

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