Nebraska Football: Landing Jimmy Fritzsche would be huge for Huskers

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Jimmy Fritzsche will choose between Nebraska football and Clemson on Wednesday when he intends to make his announcement and sign.

The Nebraska football program has a lot of irons in the fire for early national signing day and one recruit they will be keeping a close eye on is three-star offensive tackle Jimmy Fritzsche.

Fritzsche is a 6-foot-7 offensive lineman that has also played tight end. He’s listed as just a three-star recruit right now, but he is seen as a player with upside, which has attracted Clemson to the fight late in the game.

Fritzsche spent this past weekend, the last weekend where in-person contact is allowed before the early signing period, with Nebraska football. However, that came just days after Fritzsche received an offer from the Tigers.

While Nebraska still looks to be in the mix for the South Carolina offensive lineman, things are a lot murkier than they were a short time ago. No matter what happens though, we will get our answer Wednesday according to Fritzsche.

Fritzsche said he has narrowed his choice down to Nebraska football and Clemson, which is good news for the Huskers, who still hold 75 percent of his crystal ball predictions on 247sports. But at this point, what chance does Nebraska have of actually landing him?

It’s really hard to say. The prognosticators haven’t changed much since last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything one way or the other. One thing I did notice is that Fritzsche posted on Twitter after getting his offer from Clemson last week but he did not post anything of his visit to Lincoln from over the weekend.

While Fritzsche seemed excited about getting an offer from the Tigers, there are still a few reasons why Nebraska has a good chance. For one, Clemson is much deeper along the offensive line, so the Huskers probably offer a better chance to play right away. Beyond that, Scott Frost and company have been in on Fritzsche much longer than Clemson.

Fritzsche didn’t even make an official visit to the Tigers. You can say it’s not necessary because he is from Greenville, South Carolina, but still, the Huskers have definitely put in more legwork.

If Nebraska loses this one it would be easy to understand. Playing close to home is a real draw for some kids and the fact that Clemson is a national title contender as well makes the climb even tougher for the Huskers.

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Yet, if Nebraska can convince Fritzsche to commit, it would be a huge win. It would make a statement that even the big boys like Clemson can’t automatically out-recruit Nebraska and that would be a great message for Frost and company to send on early signing day.