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3 thoughts on commitment of CJ Simon to Nebraska football



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Nebraska football added the pledge of CJ Simon to the 2025 recruiting class and here are three thoughts on the commitment.

While Nebraska football has some work to do in the transfer portal, and even a little in the 2024 recruiting class, they are still looking to the future with a commitment from 2025 wideout CJ Simon on Saturday.

Simon visited Nebraska football during the fall. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound athlete is listed as a defensive back and a wide receiver according to different recruiting sites. However, he’s going to play slot receiver for the Huskers.

Out of Moore, Oklahoma, Simon was offered by Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Utah, and Kansas among others. Oklahoma also hosted him for a couple of unofficial visits.

Yet, Garret McGuire was able to reel in his commitment to the Huskers, and here are three thoughts.

A productive player

I’m not sure what Simon runs as a 40-time or in the 100-meter dash, but he was running in the 11s seconds as a sophomore, so he’s probably plenty quick.

Watching his highlights, Simon does a lot of different things. He’s used as a return guy which Nebraska is desperate for long term. In total, Simon scored 13 total touchdowns. He caught 54 passes for 784 yards and also rushed for 262 yards.

Simon’s high school team used him on end arounds quite a bit and my first thought in terms of a comparison is Billy Kemp on the Nebraska football roster.

Another early take

Simon is going to be ranked at some point, I can guarantee that, but it looks like this might be another player that Nebraska is landing ahead of some other programs.

Oklahoma and Notre Dame were both showing interest but hadn’t offered yet. Simon is likely going to have a chance to show what he can do compared to his ranking this spring on the 7-on-7 circuits. His times will be important, as will his size because 160 pounds isn’t all that big.

However, as we have seen over and over again with this Nebraska staff, it knows how to evaluate players. Carlon Jones and Kewan Lacy are two that come to mind. Hopefully, Simon doesn’t attract that much attention down the road, but I definitely wouldn’t stress the lack of a ranking.

A promising start in 2025

Nebraska football has been building momentum in the 2025 class and it continues with CJ Simon, who is the fourth pledge overall but the first out of state.

Tyson Terry, Caden VerMass, and Conor Booth have all committed as in-state prospects, but Simon is another quality addition. It’s smart on his part to take a scholarship early because as some recruits will find out in December and January, there aren’t as many to go around as there used to be.

That’s especially true if Simon feels home at Nebraska. If you find the program you like and it’s a fit and they want you, it makes all the sense in the world to commit right now.

For Nebraska, it’s the same thing. You add another future weapon for your quarterback and the fourth commitment total in 2025, which has the Huskers ranked 18th in the 247 Sports team rankings.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska