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Four-Star Athlete Becomes Nebraska’s First Commit of 2024 Recruiting Class

February 20, 2023

Matt Rhule and the Nebraska Cornhuskers have their first commitment of the 2024 recruiting class. Naturally, he comes from Texas.

On Monday night, composite 4-star junior athlete Roger Gradney out of Rice Consolidated High in Altair, Texas, announced his commitment to Nebraska. The 6-foot-1 athlete comes from a small school with big upside.

Gradney is a multi-sport standout, including track. He ran a 10.88 100 last April and a 22.41 200 last May. He also competes in triple jump. While his junior football season was cut short by injury, he played all three phases as a sophomore and scored at least one touchdown rushing, receiving, on kickoff return and punt return. He largely played receiver on offense and played both cornerback and safety on defense.

So far through 15 varsity games he’s tallied 1,299 all-purpose offensive yards and nine all-purpose touchdowns. On defense he’s tallied 37 tackles throughout his career. Last season he caused and recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and blocked a field goal.

Nebraska’s Evan Cooper offered him a scholarship on Sunday. Gradney announced his commitment a day later. He also holds offers from Texas Tech, UTSA and Campbell (FCS).

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