Posted by Bryan Fischer
Nebraska's move to the Big Ten left many wondering how quickly the Huskers would start recruiting some of the Northern states as opposed to the areas they carved out in the South after many years in the Big 12. The answer appears to be sooner rather than later.
The school has always been interested in recruiting places like Chicago but the coaching staff is hoping Friday's commitment of Lombard (Ill.) wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp is the start of a new pipeline for the Huskers. No matter how future recruiting shakes out though, they picked up a good wide receiver in the 6-foot-1, 190 pounder.
"I'm a hard worker, I'm never satisfied with anything," Westerkamp told Huskers Illustrated. "I'm always striving to get better and be the best player on the field that I can and be the best person off the field. We've had two good years here and are hoping for another run this year for a three-peat. I was a junior captain last year. I've been on varsity all four years so I'm going to try to be the role model, the leader and try to help people when they need it. I'm just going to try to be that role model that people look up to."
Westerkamp held offers from Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Boston College and Arizona among others before pulling the trigger and committing to Nebraska. He made the trip to Lincoln for the annual Red and White spring game and the big crowd and general atmosphere left quite an impression on the young receiver.
“It was pretty great,” he said. “Great football tradition, the stadium, it seemed like the total package when I was there. I enjoyed everything, the parents enjoyed it. It seemed like everything was clicking there."
According to Westerkamp's coach, the compact receiver is a very good blocker which allows him to fit into Nebraska's physical run game while making an impact on special teams and on offense.
Westerkamp is the Huskers' second commitment for the class of 2012. He caught 89 passes for 1,631 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior last year.