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Lewis Central TE Thomas Fidone, Iowa's top 2021 prospect, commits to Nebraska

Matthew Bain
Des Moines Register

Thomas Fidone has decided on his college home.

And he won't have to travel very far.

Fidone, a four-star, top-50 nationally ranked tight end out of Lewis Central in Council Bluffs, Iowa, announced his commitment to play college football at nearby Nebraska during a KETV broadcast Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete picked the Huskers over a group of schools that included Iowa, LSU and Michigan.

Fidone is a 2020 Iowa Eight honoree and an All-Iowa Preseason First Team selection. As a junior, he caught 39 passes for 576 yards and seven touchdowns.

Thomas Fidone.

He received his first three offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska before his junior season. He added offers from Minnesota, LSU, Northwestern, West Virginia, Kansas State, Michigan and Oklahoma State during the season.

Then, things really blew up as Fidone's film circulated the country in the offseason — during which he also excelled at recruiting combines and showcases.

By the end of January, the future Husker had tacked on offers from programs such as Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Florida, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Notre Dame. Soon, schools such as Penn State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, UCLA, USC, Ohio State, Miami and Texas had all offered, too.

In other words: Fidone, who 247Sports considers the No. 37 overall prospect in 2021 and No. 1 among tight ends, could essentially go anywhere he wanted.

Fidone released a top six in March of Nebraska, Iowa, Penn State, LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame. For much of his recruitment, Nebraska was considered the heavy front-runner because he grew up a Huskers fan, living so close to Lincoln, Nebraska.

Then, when the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Fidone from taking official visits to out-of-region schools such as LSU, Nebraska became even more of a favorite.

Fidone is the Register's No. 1 in-state 2021 football prospect. He is the second top-10 in-state prospect to commit to Nebraska in 2021, joining Mount Pleasant offensive lineman Henry Lutovsky, who the Register has ranked No. 6. Fremont-Mills linebacker Seth Malcom, the Register's No. 21 in-state prospect, is also committed to Nebraska.

Matthew Bain covers recruiting and pretty much anything else under the sports sun for the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network.  Contact him at mbain@dmreg.com and follow him on Twitter @MatthewBain_.

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