The tight end position was interesting and frustrating to watch play out this year. Nebraska offered and hosted a number of players at the position only to have them commit to other schools. One emerged though that really fit the bill. He had the size, the athleticism, the ability to block (actually played some tackle), stretch the field and was in the 500-mile radius. It was a big score for the Huskers.
Freedom Akinmoladun, TE, 6-foot-5 and 240-pounds, Grandview (Mo.)
There were plenty of offers out to highly touted tight ends like Ethan Wolf, Daniel Helm, Ian Bunting and Gaelin Elmore only to see them all come off the board and commit to other teams. Another player emerged in Missouri though when Freedom Akinmoladun reported that he had a Nebraska offer and was attending Big Red Weekend. It was a great fit with Nebraska having a need for a player like Akinmoladun and family in the state for Freedom. Akinmoladun's film shows a real ability to set the edge and shows that he has soft hands. Like Cethan Carter a year ago it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see another true freshman on the football field in 2014.
Nebraska loses one scholarship tight end in Jake Long and has a number of young, scholarship players on the team which would indicate that they are done at the tight end position. The key is that none really have all of the tools that Akinmoladun has. Akinmoladun is more like Ben Cotton than any of the others, but has a little more speed and big-play ability than Cotton did. If you add a guy like Akinmoladun to a stable with Carter, Sam Cotton and you see a player like Greg Hart emerge the position has talent, but not a lot of experience. Another thing to remember here is that a player like Mick Stoltenberg could end up playing tight end as well.