Over the last two years, Grand Island’s Ryker Fyfe drew some favorable comparisons to an in-state quarterback who got away from Nebraska football: North Platte’s Nathan Enderle, who had a strong career at Idaho and now plays in the NFL.
Fyfe isn’t going to get a scholarship offer from NU. But, like Tyson Broekemeier before him, he’s getting courted hard to walk on, where the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder would have an opportunity to grow.
“I’d get to play Division I football and play in the Big Ten,” Fyfe told Huskers Illustrated. “They have a great coaching staff and great facilities. It’s just a whole different level, I know that.”
Fyfe’s other option: A scholarship to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where the potential to play earlier and more often is attractive.
“That’s the only thing that really throws me,” he said. “Nebraska said if I work hard and I choose to walk on, there’s no doubt I can improve. But Kearney said I can go for four years and have a scholarship and have that sort of thing. It’s a great opportunity there, too.”
Fyfe threw for 1,921 yards and 20 touchdowns, and ran for 746 yards and 14 touchdowns at Grand Island.
The kid’s definitely a prospect, but one considerable plus with Fyfe is his height, which could open up some of the running back screen game Nebraska has struggled to use in recent years. If Fyfe were in Texas instead of Nebraska, he’d probably be a Sun Belt/Conference USA offer. NU could be getting a steal here. Or UNK could.