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Huskers Were ‘Great First Visit’ For Arkansas Defensive Lineman Nico Davillier

June 06, 2021

The first official visit weekend for the Huskers since 2019 is wrapping up. Nebraska had eight prospects make it to Lincoln with their families. One of those players is 3-star defensive lineman Nico Davillier. The Arkansas native had a great time on his trip to Lincoln and said that it exceeded his expectations.

“I had high expectations for the official visit because of all the Zooms that we had and the stuff they showed us,” Davillier told Hail Varsity. “I have to say that the official visit was better than the expected because I got to meet everyone in person. I was able to talk to the players, the coaching staff and just get a feel for the atmosphere.”

The defender gave the Huskers the first official visit of the summer. That’s because they’ve been recruiting him hard since the first day they started talking. He had a lot of Zoom meetings with the Nebraska staff that got him interested. He thought it was a great first trip and enjoyed getting to spend time with defensive line coach Tony Tuioti.

“Me and Coach Tuioti had a great relationship over the phone,” Davillier said. “We just picked up like it was nothing. It wasn’t a weird feeling at all being in person. It was just all love and great conversations. We played ping pong and just talked and got to know each other more.”

Davillier got to have meetings with the coaching and academic staffs while he was in Lincoln. He was able to tour campus and have dinner with all of the other recruits on campus for their official visits. He really enjoyed all the steak he had while on his visit, saying that was the best thing he ate all weekend. As a defensive lineman, he felt good knowing that the team kept he and his family full all weekend.

Davillier was joined on the visit by his mom, her boyfriend and a friend of his. They were all just as impressed by the trip as he was. The defender said that they all loved Nebraska just like he did. One of the other things that stood out to him was getting to go to coach Scott Frost’s house. That was a nice personal touch.

The Arkansas native was hosted by fellow defensive lineman Casey Rogers. The pair struck up a quick friendship that Davillier wants to continue.

“Me and Casey, we had some nice conversations about him making the decision on coming to Nebraska,” Davillier said. “We talked about what it meant to him to pick Nebraska. Me and Casey are cool. I got his number and his social media.

“So we definitely are going to stay in touch just on FaceTime. I’m going to ask him to help me on recruiting a little bit to see what he thinks about it. It’ll be good to get perspective from another college player.”

Next up for Davillier is an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Wednesday. Then on June 18 he will take an official visit to Oklahoma. He isn’t concerned about the distance from home. His family has given him their support to leave Arkansas if he wants to do that. They want him to experience life and get a good degree.

“I have to say I’m most looking for the atmosphere of the place,” Davillier said. “Also, a place that can help me walk out as a better man after I graduate. I would also like to play a little early. I also want a place that I can chase my dreams and start my business. I want a Boys and Girls Club nonprofit one day.”

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