Valen Erickson at Friday Night Lights
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Illinois Offensive Lineman Valen Erickson Commits to Nebraska

July 30, 2021

The Huskers are on the board with an offensive lineman for the 2022 class.

Valen Erickson (6-6, 315), an offensive lineman from Chicago, committed to the Huskers on Friday. He announced his commitment on Twitter.

The lineman took several trips to Lincoln to be sure of his decision. The first was a self-guided tour of campus for the Red-White Spring Game. Then he took an official visit to Nebraska the first weekend in June. He returned to Lincoln on July 29 for a two-day unofficial visit before making his announcement. Lincoln left an impression on him following that official visit in June.

“I never knew Lincoln was that cool of a town,” Erickson said. “I thought it would be just like cornfields, but it was a great town. I loved it and I loved the spring game. After that I thought we needed to do the official there first. Then over that time, I just built crazy good relationships with everybody in the staff. So, yeah, the official visit was unbelievable.”

Erickson is the ninth commitment of the 2022 recruiting class for Nebraska. He is the third official visitor from his weekend to commit to the team. He joins quarterback Richard Torres and tight end Chase Androff on the commit list.

Erickson selected Nebraska from an offer list of 13 schools. Illinois, Missouri and Purdue were some of the other teams in consideration for his commitment. Even with a class that might be as small as 14 prospects expect the Huskers to look for one more offensive lineman in this class.

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