Huskers add in-state kicker walk-on

Nebraska football picked up an in-state walk-on commit on Monday night as Ord (Neb.) kicker Kelen Meyer

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Meyer picked up a walk-on offer from the Huskers on Oct. 5, and pledged to the Big Red on Monday night.

“I’m very blessed and happy to say that I have decided to fully commit to Nebraska,” Meyer tweeted. “Wanna thank all my teammates, coaches, friends, and family for helping me reach this dream.”

Meyer booted a 58-yard field goal in his senior season, which ranks as the second-longest field goal in the state’s history.

The Ord native is rated as a 4.5-star kicker by Kohl’s kicking.

“Meyer had another strong showing at the 2020 Kohl’s National Scholarship Camp. He was excellent ofn field goals once again and was able to score 24 points in the charting. He has tremendous command of his ball/foot contact and he moves through contact well. He scored a big ball of 72 yards with 3.34 seconds of hang time,” Kohl’s wrote of Meyer.

“Focusing on the development of his command of his “A” ball on kickoffs will be key for his continued development. Meyer competed at the 2019 Kohl’s Winter Showcase Camp in Dallas, TX. He once again showed well throughout the camp and his field goals are looking clean and accurate with 8 points during the charting phase. Meyer attended the National Scholarship Camp in July of 2018. His performance during the field goal charting phases of camp was impressive.”

Nebraska has five placekickers — all walk-ons — on its roster for the 2020 season, and all five could return to the Big Red in the 2021 season as well without losing a season of eligibility. The Huskers have freshmen kickers Tyler Crawford and Ryan Novosel, senior Connor Culp, sophomore Chase Contreraz and redshirt freshman Gabe Heins.

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