The Nebraska football team was hoping to add yet another receiver with insane speed to its stable, but the Mountain West school had too much pull.
Nebraska football coaches certainly know that recruiting is a fickle business. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that they went from trailing way behind on Jayshawn Ross to being the front-runner.
That doesn’t make it feel any better when Nebraska football loses out on a very talented wide receiver prospect like Gatlin Bair to a Group of 5 school like Boise State. Even with the Broncos being one of the best schools at that particular level, it’s still a bit frustrating that Matt Rhule and company couldn’t find a way to lure him to Lincoln.
Bair took to Instagram on Saturday evening to announce which of the five schools that were his finalists he was picking for college. It seems as though Nebraska football can at least take solace in the fact that they didn’t lose out on Bair to Oregon or especially Michigan. Still, for a time at least, it felt as though the Huskers had the inside track on the speedster.
When I say speedster, I mean speedster. Bair is recognized as the fastest football recruit in the country for the 2024 class. He’s been clocked as running 10.18 in the 100 meters and 20.41 in the 200 meters.
Nebraska football loses out on speed burner
Nebraska football fans tend to take it personally when the Cornhuskers lose recruits to what they see as smaller schools, though it’s worth pointing out that it doesn’t really apply to the Gatlin Bair situation.
For one thing, Boise State has long been one of the better “small” schools in the country. They’ve certainly had a better run than the Huskers over the last few years.
And then of course, there’s the fact that the state of Idaho’s best player wanted to go to his hometown team. Nebraska football can take solace in the fact that he’s not leaving the state for anyone.