3-Star TE Tommy Christakos: 'All My Expectations Were Blown Away'
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3-Star TE Tommy Christakos: ‘All My Expectations Were Blown Away’

April 15, 2019

Nebraska hosted a number of intriguing visitors on the sidelines and at midfield prior to the sold-out spring game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. One prospect that you can’t help but notice is 3-star (HV Rating: 84.8) tight end Tommy Christakos‍. The Arizona native stands at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds and tight ends coach Sean Beckton thinks he would make a great addition to his room.

I caught up with Christakos to get his thoughts on the atmosphere at Memorial Stadium, his relationship with Beckton, what he thinks about moving from wideout to tight end and much more.

Here is our full Q&A:

What were your overall thoughts on the visit to Nebraska?

“I had high expectations going into the trip. We have family friends that have gone there and they pumped it up before the trip. They said I’d see it for myself. I mean, they were right. All my expectations were blown away. Standing at the 50-yard line during warm-ups, then seeing the team play and the crowd, 86,000 people for a spring game. It all really just blew me away.”

What was it like seeing the crowd during warm-ups then coming back out seeing the place packed?

“Yeah, we went in the locker room before the game. Then we went back on the sidelines before they came out of the tunnel. Once the team came running out of the tunnel, I got chills. I’m not [going to] lie, I got goosebumps watching 86,000 people going nuts for their team for a spring game.”

Did you get a chance to sit in on position meetings?

“Yeah I sat with Coach Beckton pretty much the whole day. I got to sit in on the team meeting before the game when they were going over their scripts.”

What are your thoughts on the idea of playing tight end?

“I’m definitely open for it. They did a test on me to measure my frame and body fat percentage. Basically, I’m capable of weighing at 250-260 pounds and still be able to play at the same speed. That’s what the test said. They said they’d love me to play at 230-240 pounds when I got here after a redshirt year. If I could play at that weight and be a hybrid tight end like they want, I’d be good with that. If I could be that big and run to make the plays I make, that’d be fun in Coach [Scott] Frost’s offense.” 

How has your relationship been with Beckton so far?

“Good. We’ve talked on the phone before the trip. Yesterday [Saturday] we built a great relationship. I spent the whole day with him and Coach Haines. We talked about Game of Thrones, joking around, I was meeting players. It just made me feel like family the whole time.”

What was it like having friends and family at the game?

“My best friend, his dad is an alum. They actually came out and I met them. When I was on the 50-yard line, I called them and saw them. I sat with them in the second half. We know countless family friends, old teachers that were super excited that I was going on a trip to Nebraska.”

What did you think about the fan support in general?

“It was nuts. Not only the crowd of 86,000 for a spring game. We were checking into the hotel and we told the front desk person that I was a recruit. I kid you not, I was in the elevator and people were coming up to me asking if I was a recruit. They told me I need to come here. It was probably five different families that came up to me saying I’m a big guy and I would make the best decision of my life. Even walking around with the recruit badge on to go to the bathroom or get popcorn, they came around me. It was like being a celebrity and I haven’t even done anything yet. It was awesome. The fan base is crazy. Nebraska only has Nebraska college football, which is awesome. People are so passionate about it. That’s what I love about it.”

When do you plan on taking your official visits?

“So, I have three planned. I want to commit before my senior season. I’m thinking early August so I can play stress-free with my boys and not worry about the recruiting process. I have one to Princeton planned in two weeks. I have one to Cal on May 30, I think. Plus, I told Coach Beckton and Coach Haines that I would love to come back to Nebraska for an official but we need to figure out a date for it. Those are my three for right now.”

What are some things you are really looking for in a school?

“Early on going on visits it was the coaching staff, relationships and if I could really see myself playing for these coaches the next four years. Going forward, I want to set myself up. If going to the league doesn’t work because only a small percentage gets to play at the next level I want to set myself up for life after I’m done. That’s what I’m really looking for in a college. That’ll be a big factor. I want a stable, good relationship with the coaches. I want to know they will be there my whole four or five years playing there.” 

Where does Nebraska stand in your mix of top schools?

“I haven’t really narrowed it down. Obviously if I have Cal, Princeton and Nebraska officials lined up, all of them are in my top five.”

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