North Platte vs. Southwest, 9/30/17

Lincoln Southwest defensive end Nick Leader (88) celebrates his pick-six against North Platte along with Collin Shefke (71) and Markell Jackson (68) in the second quarter on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Memorial Stadium.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Scott Frost made it clear during his introductory news conference that he wanted to strengthen Nebraska's walk-on program.

The new Nebraska coach took a step this week to help make that happen. The Huskers hosted a large group of potential walk-ons at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.

At least four players were impressed enough to announce their commitment to the Huskers. Lincoln Southwest's Collin Shefke, O'Neill's Wyatt Liewer, Omaha Skutt's Jake Archer and Lincoln Pius X's Chris Cassidy each announced that they will walk on at Nebraska.

Shefke, an All-City performer, is the third Southwest Silver Hawk to join the 2018 walk-on class, which includes Justin Holm and Cameron Pieper.

Shefke, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman had 48 tackles, including five sacks this past season.

Liewer is a 6-4, 170-pound wide receiver prospect. He caught 62 passes for 787 yards and five touchdowns for O'Neill this past season, earning Class C-1 all-state honors. He also has 102 tackles, three pass deflections and an interception.

Archer, a 6-1, 205-pound senior, earned first-team Super-State honors as a linebacker after registering 170 tackles, five quarterback sacks and two interceptions for Skutt, the Class B state runner-up. He rushed for 687 yards and seven TDs as a running back.

Lincoln Pius X coach Ryan Kearney confirmed Thursday that Cassidy, a 6-1, 225-pound senior all-state linebacker, will walk on at NU. Cassidy led the Thunderbolts in both rushing (858 yards, 10 TDs) and tackles (71). He had seven tackles for losses, an interception, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal this past fall.

Several other notable players were at the Wednesday walk-on event, including Kearney's Kanon Koster, Elkhorn South's Moses Bryant, Kearney Catholic's Matt Masker, Seward's Connor Ruth, Lincoln Southwest's Anthony Banderas, Yutan's Colton Feist, Bellevue West's AJ Forbes, Millard West's AJ Johnson and Lincoln Lutheran's Logan Kreizel.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

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