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It’s been a long time coming for Norris tight end James Carnie.
The rising 2021 tight end prospect was offered by the Huskers on Monday. That ended months of speculation on whether or not he would get an offer from Nebraska. He announced the news on Twitter.
— James Carnie (@JamesCarnie1) October 5, 2020
No prospect has been hotter in the state than Carnie during the 2020 season. He has started off his season well with Norris and has been a consistent playmaker for the team. That start to the season really started during the offseason when he put in a lot of work to improve his skills and build himself up.
He explained the process that he and his trainer Chris Slatt went through to Hail Varsity back in August.
“The 40-yard-dash is a big testing measurement on players’ athletic abilities,” Carnie said. “I ran a 5.1 in January. A coach told me to work on it so I grabbed the bull by the horns and I ran with it. Me and Slatt we really worked on that a lot. We worked on it probably twice a week. The other two days was just agility type stuff. I was 193 pounds in November. I thought if I’m going to play tight end in college at the D1 level I have to pick up the weight a little bit. I just worked on that, gained 32 pounds and that was it.”
The tight end recently announced that he would plan to commit on Oct. 12. When he made that declaration, Kansas State and Iowa were the two main schools pursuing him. Now that the Huskers have officially entered the mix they will be tough to beat here.
This recruiting cycle has been great for the Huskers so far locally with tight ends. The team already has landed 4-star Iowa native Thomas Fidone and 3-star AJ Rollins from Omaha. If they can add Carnie out of Norris? That would be quite the feat.
Carnie is now the sixth in-state offer for the Huskers in the 2021 recruiting class. That explosion in local talent comes at the perfect time for Nebraska. The response to COVID-19 has limited recruiting visits, which makes local recruiting even more important than normal.
We’ll know soon what Carnie decides since he has a stated commitment date. The Huskers are hoping he elects to stay in Nebraska and play for the team he grew up cheering for.
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After a great virtual visit with @CoachChinander @coachdawsgbr and the rest of the staff, I am blessed to announce I have received an offer from the University Of Nebraska🟥⬜️ pic.twitter.com/Evat7h904x
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