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You’ve heard a lot about Alante Brown during the first week of fall camp. Even as the No. 1 prep school prospect, he wasn’t the most ballyhooed recruit of the group from the class of 2020. That distinction belonged to Omar Manning. Bellevue West standout Zavier Betts had more press clippings during the recruiting process than Brown.
So, how is it that we keep hearing consistently about Brown standing out during Nebraska’s fall camp so far? Sometimes opportunity and skill set just match perfectly. He’s catching the attention of his veteran teammates.
“I think Alante has turned some eyes,” senior tight end Jack Stoll said. “When he goes full speed, I don’t think anyone could stop him.”
Brown attended St. Thomas More prep school in Connecticut. He caught passes, lined up in the backfield and returned kicks. He showed himself as speedy playmaker who looks like a natural wide receiver despite not playing the position full time in high school. Before moving to wideout at prep school he played quarterback in Chicago. He threw for 41 touchdowns as a senior at Simeon and rushed for 12 more, earning all-state honors.
Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick has been impressed with Brown since arriving on campus.
“I think his attitude and how hungry he is to get better has definitely impressed the coaches, but also his teammates,” Lubick said. “He always stays after and catches balls. He’s done a ton of work in the summertime just to learn the offense.
“He’s a brand-new guy that’s not just new in Nebraska. He hadn’t played receiver before. Everything’s new to him: technique, scheme, plays, terminology, and to actually have a chance to play when you’re in that position, you have to put a lot of time in on your own, and he did that. Just his attitude and his nonstop wanting-to-get-better is going to make him a really good player, not to mention he has a ton of talent.”
The Huskers are in search of more playmakers for quarterback Adrian Martinez to use. Beyond Wan’Dale Robinson, there aren’t many known commodties at wideout for the Huskers. The door is open for Brown to fill that role.
Even though he wasn’t the most talked about recruit from last cycle, Brown is still finding a way to make the most of his opportunity right now.
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— jacob imming (@ImmingJacob) October 7, 2020
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— Alex Bullock (@Alex_Bullock15) October 7, 2020
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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.