Old rival could be stealing WR target away from Nebraska football

The Nebraska football team lost CJ Simon as a commit just a few months after he gave his pledge to the Huskers.

Dec 2, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA;  A view of a Oklahoma State Cowboys helmet before the game between
Dec 2, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; A view of a Oklahoma State Cowboys helmet before the game between / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Alas poor CJ Simon, Nebraska football fans did not know him well. Having committed back in December, the Oklahoma wide receiver wasn’t pledged to the Huskers all that long. Earlier this week it appeared that Simon felt his early Christmas gift to Matt Rhule was hasty.

Where Simon could become a fellow of infinite jest is if it took no time at all for him to decide he wanted to commit to another school. And not just commit to another school but to a program that used to be one of the oldest rivals of the Nebraska football program.

Now that the 3-star wider receiver is a free agent again, it appears more than a few recruiting experts believe Simon is eventually going to end up with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. That particular switch might be a bit painful, but it would certainly make sense for the player.

Simon is from Moore High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and it’s certainly possible he could have just decided he wanted to stick closer to home. 

On3 currently has OSU as the most likely squad to land Simon when he does give his pledge again. The Cowboys are thought to have about a 46 percent chance of landing the wide receiver. Of course, the Nebraska football program still has a 40 percent chance of winning his services.

It’s possible that was before the decommit. It’s also possible they’ll remain in the picture. The receiver being committed for just two months, and still 10 months away from signing day, could simply be a situation where he committed too soon.

Old rival could be stealing WR target away from Nebraska football

With Simon’s decommitment, the Nebraka football team now holds three commitments in their 2025 recruiting class. Running back Connor Booth, defensive tackle Tyson Terry, and athlete Caden VerMaas.

Simon had been the only commit in the 2025 class so far who was not a Nebraska native.