Football: Richards wide receiver Spencer Tears commits to Nebraska
By Beth Long FOXSports Next April 16, 2014 5:00PM
Spencer Tears | Supplied photo
Updated: May 19, 2014 1:58PM
Richards junior wide receiver Spencer Tears has committed to Nebraska, just three days after returning from a visit to Lincoln to see the Huskers spring game.
“My favorite part was just going around the stadium; when I got there I didn’t realize that the stadium was that big,” Tears previously said. “And then the spring game was only 60,000-plus, and they said that isn’t even anything. So when I saw that I was like, ‘Man, I love that.’ ”
Richards coach Tony Sheehan played an active roll in Tears’ recruitment and helped him display his talent and land offers from Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska and several other Midwest programs.
“He’s a good kid, always smiling. He’s a hard worker,” Sheehan said. “He likes to joke around, play around with the guys, but when it’s time to get serious, he works hard. He really works on his craft, his hands and getting stronger.”
Both Tears and Sheehan thought Nebraska was the best fit for the Scout.com three-star receiver after doing their due diligence with the recruiting process.
“Coach Sheehan loved my decision. He said if I loved it and felt good about the decision than he was all in with it,” Tears said. “I just felt like it was the best fit for me, after being at Nebraska this past weekend I really felt something special and it was a good feeling. I talked it over with my mom and she loved the school, too, and thought it was a great place to be.”
Plus, Tears thinks he’s a good fit for the Huskers offense, which will feature several Chicago-area athletes in the fall, including Montini standout receiver Jordan Westerkamp, Crete-Monee offensive lineman Matt Finnin and De La Salle running back Mikale Wilbon.
“I like how they spread the ball around. The option read is a killer, but when you have a threat outside to throw the rock too, it’s a dangerous offense to play,” Tears said. “I feel like I can come in and fit in perfectly because my athleticism allows them to move me to the slot receiver and outside.
Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu sees a bright future in the Big Ten for the 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect.
“He’s a long strider who can get vertical and has quick feet,” Trieu said of Tears. “He needs to get stronger, but he has all the tools to be a very good college receiver.”