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Council Bluffs Lewis Central senior Thomas Fidone has set a commitment date. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end will announce his college choice Aug. 26.

Fidone will announce a decision between Nebraska, LSU, Michigan and Iowa.

He originally planned to take an official visit to LSU on Sept. 12, but because of the NCAA’s suspension of in-person recruiting through at least September, Fidone decided it was time to announce a decision.

“It keeps getting pushed back, and it’s going to continue to get pushed back,” he said, “so I decided I wanted to get it over with.”


Fidone is the top-ranked tight end in the 2021 class according to 247Sports, and the No. 3 tight end according to Rivals.

On March 16, Fidone named a top six of Nebraska, LSU, Notre Dame, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State.

Fidone said he talks with coaches from LSU and Nebraska the most.

“LSU FaceTimes me every day,” he said. “Nebraska is probably second most.”

Fidone and his family grew up rooting for the Huskers.

“We grew up Nebraska fans. We used to cry when they lost,” he said. “It totally changed once I started getting offers. I realized I needed to not be a fan of just one school.”

Fidone has been to Lincoln multiple times. This month, a group of 2021 NU recruits drove him to campus and spent the day with some current players.

Nebraska has held steady at 14 commits for nearly three months, though it has yet to add a tight end and has no scholarship player at that position younger than a junior. Omaha Creighton Prep three-star tight end AJ Rollins also holds an NU offer, and Norris tight end James Carnie, a Miami (Ohio) commit, has been talking with NU as well.

World-Herald staff writer Evan Bland contributed to this report.


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