When most hear that Scottsbluff senior Colton Adams committed to Nebraska this week, they will probably think it was just a matter of time.
In-state standout picking the home-state Huskers and the top wrestling conference in the country.
A late push by NU that included a bigger scholarship package sealed the deal for Adams, a three-time state champion and one of the top 2014 recruits in the nation.
He delivered his pledge to Husker coach Mark Manning over the phone Tuesday.
“It was a pretty good offer,” Adams said Wednesday. “I like the school. They have a lot of good partners for me. I can see myself doing well there.”
Adams said he picked Nebraska over Missouri, Iowa State and Division II Maryville (Mo.). Wyoming was also in the mix.
But Laramie, Wyo., wasn’t a fit. And wrestling in the Mid-American Conference — where Mizzou wrestling now calls home — was of little interest.
Manning and his staff kept on him, though, and in recent days got very close to the size of scholarship that those other programs were offering.
“(Nebraska) was always near the top,” Adams said.
So after a wrestling practice Tuesday evening he called Manning and delivered the news.
“He was all smiles after that conversation,” said Brian Adams, Colton’s father. “It’s nice to be done. And you could tell he was happy to have (made the decision).”
Tough to blame him, Brian said.
“The Big Ten is the wrestling conference,” he said. “It’s pretty much the Big Ten and the rest of the country.”
Adams will be one of five Nebraska high school wrestlers who will go for a fourth state title this season. He won a championship at 112 as a freshman before jumping up to 126 the following year and winning the 132-pound crown as a junior.
Adams projects as a 141-pounder in college and plans to move up to 145 pounds when the high school season begins.
He’s been ranked among the top high school wrestlers in the country for most of his career. Intermat ranks him No. 14 at 132 pounds.
A broken hand earlier this summer forced Adams to withdraw from the Cadet Nationals in Fargo, N.D., in mid-July after just one match. He said the injury still has him in a soft cast.
Another slate of the top tournaments in the Midwest awaits this fall. But for the first time in a long time, the pressure of auditioning for college coaches will be off.
“Now you can just go do what you do,” Brian Adams said. “You just go wrestle to wrestle.”