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Omaha Skutt vs. York, B state football final, 11/20/17

York's Simon Otte (20) gets tripped up Monday during the third quarter of the Class B state final last November at Memorial Stadium.

Simon Otte had just rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown, helping lead York to a Class B state football championship.

He walked off the Memorial Stadium turf that November night thinking he had played his last football game. A call from the Huskers on Sunday changed that.

The York senior was offered a walk-on spot at Nebraska, and he accepted.

"I was kind of content with how we ended it the right way," Otte said, "but to be able to continue it is so much better."

Otte, a first-team Super-Stater, became the latest Nebraska prep standout to join a deep class of walk-ons. Other Super-Staters walking on in 2018 include Moses Bryant (Elkhorn South), Jake Archer (Omaha Skutt), AJ Forbes (Bellevue West), Colton Feist (Yutan), Isaiah Stalbird (Kearney), Bryson Krull (North Platte), Chris Cassidy (Lincoln Pius X), Justin Holm (Lincoln Southwest) and Brody Belt (Lincoln Pius X).

Otte, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect, rushed for 1,435 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also recording 101 tackles. He showed his toughness by playing through some injuries, including a broken left wrist.

"I'll play wherever they want to play me," Otte said.

Because he wanted to study mechanical engineering, Otte did not pursue a couple of his football opportunities at lower levels.

Otte said he toured the UNL campus last Thursday, thinking he was going to head to Lincoln next fall as a student only.

Football was an afterthought until this past weekend when he received a call from Nebraska staffer Kenny Wilhite.

"It was a great feeling," Otte said. "(York football coach Glen) Snodgrass talked to me the day before and said, 'Hey, they might call you tomorrow. Just have your phone on you.' When it actually happened, it was an amazing feeling.

"It's kind of a dream come true to finally continue my football career and go to a school that I wanted to go to."

Nebraska announced the signings of 17 walk-ons Wednesday.

Others in the class include Anthony Banderas (Lincoln Southwest), Joseph Johnson (Gretna), Wyatt Liewer (O'Neill), Matt Masker (Kearney Catholic), Cade Mueller (Gretna), Cameron Pieper (Lincoln Southwest), Ryan Schommer (Norfolk) and Colli Shefke (Lincoln Southwest).

Bryant was not officially announced Wednesday, but the Elkhorn South standout is expected to join the class.

NU's walk-on class also is expected to include Corbin Frederick, who is a teammate of Husker defensive back recruit Cam'ron Jones at Mansfield (Texas).

"I think there’s a lot of guys in this walk-on class that could have played at the Division II level or FCS level, but chose to be here," NU coach Scott Frost said Wednesday. "When you get those kinds of kids, I have no doubt that a number of those kids will be good enough to earn scholarships. And we’re going to honor them if they do. It will help us get more walk-ons in the future."

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

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