Matt Rhule checked two boxes with a Saturday afternoon commitment. He got a speedy athlete into Lincoln and kept one of Nebraska’s standout athletes within its borders.
Omaha Westside senior Jaylen Lloyd announced his decision on Saturday to play football and compete in track at the University of Nebraska in a short ceremony. Lloyd invited friends and family to the Boys And Girls Club of Omaha for the Dec.17 ceremony.
Lloyd is a 3-star receiver and top-10 in-state prospect of the 2023 recruiting class. He nearly announced his college commitment back in November but postponed because of illness. That decision would have been between Florida, Georgia, Illinois and Texas Tech. Nebraska hired Matt Rhule and the new head coach offered Lloyd a spot on the football team within hours.
Northern Iowa and North Dakota also offered Lloyd football scholarships.
“He’s the type of kid that will work extremely hard to get better every week,” Omaha Westside head coach Paul Limongi told Hail Varsity earlier in the week. “Towards the end of the year he was an absolute threat any time the ball was in his hands. Not only did his hands improve throughout the year, his play after catch, the way he ran the football.
“He was a scoring threat every time he touched the football.”
Limongi complimented Lloyd’s growth on the field and willingness to learn, in addition to his exceptional athletic gifts. Lloyd is the reigning state champion in the 100 meter (10.54, long jump (23 feet, 5.5 inches) and triple jump (50 feet, 3.5 inches). He beat 10.60 in the 100 four times as a junior and ran a 6.94 indoor 60.
As a receiver, he finished with 44 catches, five touchdowns, for 784 yards in his senior season at Westside. He suffered an injury in the semifinal win and did not play in the State Championship win over Gretna.
“He really had a great year for us and we’re really proud of him,” Limongi said.