The No. 1 tight end in the Top247 in Thomas Fidone has committed to Nebraska. The coveted target from Council Bluffs (Iowa) Lewis Central announced his plans Wednesday evening on a local news broadcast.
Commit No. 16 for head coach Scott Frost and his staff, Fidone spoke with 247Sports about his decision prior to that event.
“I felt at home there,” Fidone said. He grew up a fan of the local Huskers. “From every place I’ve been able to go and visit, and with visits being pushed back, I’m not going to wait that long and I feel at home already. Also just the coaches, the relationship I have with the coaches is second to none.”
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Fidone also strongly considered LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State. He is the No. 37 prospect overall in the Top247 and No. 1 prospect in the state of Iowa.
Fidone’s pledge pushes the Huskers up 12 spots to No. 27 in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. Head coach Scott Frost and his staff are working towards the programs fifth-straight Top25 class.
“We have a lot of potential,” Fidone said. “I think we are pickup up a lot of good recruits with Omar Manning and obviously the culture. I do see a culture change. I think all the videos they’re putting out, and there is some hype to it, but you see a bunch of players always in there after practice. I’ll be FaceTiming with Coach after practice and it’s an optional day and a lot of the players are in there.”
Fidone is an instant impact player for the Huskers.
“They don’t have the depth at the position,” Fidone said. “I think the way the tight end’s coach will use me is great. Coach (Sean) Beckton is a great coach and we’ve been talking. Obviously the past speaks for the future but the way they used their tight ends at UCF is exactly the way I like to be used. Coach Beckton sends me videos every day how they will use their tight ends and I like what I’ve seen.”
Fidone will cap his prep career playing in the All-American Bowl, broadcasted live nationally from the Alamo Dome in San Antonio every January.
“I think Thomas Fidone is a big pickup for Nebraska on multiple fronts,” 247Sports National Analyst Charles Power said. “First he brings a bit of a different dimension to the tight end position given that he presents a mismatch in the passing game with his ability to line up in multiple spots both in-line and unattached which allows him to use his speed to separate from safeties and linebackers. I think one of the biggest thing is Scott Frost is continuing to add playmakers to their offense and I think tight end is a position Nebraska can recruit well with their geographical footprint. Landing a top tight end fits the kind of talent they have around there, just in the upper Midwest plains area. I think this is a big pickup just from a recruiting momentum perspective, he’s basically from Nebraska and being from metro-Omaha but one that was a national guy and highly coveted, keeping him local is certainly a big recruiting win.”
Other offers for Fidone included Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, USC and Wisconsin.