Ethan Nation, a 2023 cornerback from Roswell (Georgia), has committed to Nebraska. The nation’s decision gives the Huskers another pledge from a recruit with a fully loaded show sheet.
A three-star prospect, Nation has nearly 50 bids, most notably from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and USC.
His roster of offers also includes Auburn, Colorado, Florida, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Ultimately, he chose Nebraska over Auburn, Houston, and Ohio—the other three programs in his last four—because he sees a program on the rise that’s being pointed in the right direction.
Rivals’ Ryan Wright said, “I love how they come on the map because of their new coaching staff. They’re going to have a lot of buzz because they’re a professional crew moving up to the college level. It’ll be exciting to see how that plays out.”
Nation said his decision was “really easy” when he compared everything.
Nation said, “They flew me in, showed me that they needed me and wanted me, and it was very simple for me. They showed me that they weren’t going to go to BA with me. If I went out there and put in the hard work, it would explode.”
Nation is the fourth defensive back commitment in the Huskers’ 2023 class. joins CBs Sincere Safeeullah And the Dwight Bottle II Philadelphia safety Rahmir Stewartwho had a similarly impressive bidding sheet as the Nation with offers from Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia among its 30+ bids.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Nation is ranked in the top 70 among Georgia prospects for 2023 and the top 75 nationally among cornerbacks.
Recruiting the Nation was seen by some as somewhat of a wild card throughout the process in terms of where it would eventually land. No school has emerged in a major way from the group over the past few months. That opened the door for a secondary coach Evan CooperCoach Matt Rowley stripes.
>>> Related: Meet the Huskers’ 2023 signature class
Nebraska was offered to the nation on December 16th, and he promptly decided on an official visit on the weekend of December 16-18. Nation is training with Carolina Panthers cornerback Jesse Horn, whom Cooper has coached the past two seasons as the Panthers’ corner coach.
This is how Nation first got on the Huskers’ radar. He made the trip to Lincoln and built on what became an instant connection with Cooper and the Husker staff. These relationships became stronger prior to the early signing period.
Nation said, “I usually ask people who’ve been coached by them before. With Coach Rhule being with the Panthers, I trained with some guys who’ve been with the Panthers. I picked their brains out. I talked to JT (Ibe) about coaching them because Coach Rhule was with them and the coach Cooper and strength coach (Corey Campbell) was with the Panthers, too. I was just picking at the brains of professional guys to see how they deciphered them from the professional level to college.”