On Wednesday, 4-star tight end Thomas Fidone signed his letter of intent to become a Husker. He is the No 1. player in my Early Signing Day edition of Greg’s Guys.
Thomas Fidone II, Welcome to #TheGoodLife
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Fidone is the biggest recruit in the Huskers’ class for 2021. He was the number one target all cycle for Nebraska. Landing Fidone is the signature win on the recruiting trail of Scott Frost’s tenure. Just a few years into the Frost era, being atop the big recruiting wins list is no small feat for Fidone. Landing Adrian Martinez, Wan’Dale Robinson, Ty Robinson and Turner Corcoran were all huge for Nebraska. Fidone represents something a bit different.
He grew up close to Lincoln, plays a position in need of young talent and the Huskers made him a priority after being one of his early offers. Beating out LSU, Iowa, Michigan and Notre Dame for a tight end is no small task.
Fidone will end up as one of the highest-rated recruits in recent Husker history. He’s rated as the No. 2 right end in the nation for the 2021 recruiting class. His 247Sports composite ranking is a touch above what wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson’s was at the end of his recruiting cycle. He’s flirting with 5-star territory which is rare for a tight end. There have been five tight ends to achieve 5-star status in the last 10 years.
At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds Fidone has the size needed to play the tight end position next season in the Big Ten. He recently ran a 4.6 forty-yard dash so he has the speed to present matchup problems for defenses. The Council Bluffs native takes pride in his route running ability. It shows. He runs routes like a wide receiver. He also has great hands and a large catch radius. In short, he can do everything asked of him on the field which makes him such a great fit for Frost’s offense.
I was able to see Fidone compete in person a handful of times in 2020. He brings it every week. It would be surprising to see him have anything but a productive career in Lincoln. The Council Bluffs native will be enrolling early at Nebraska in January.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.