A year removed from posting jaw-dropping numbers under center for Lincoln High, soon-to-be senior quarterback Cedric Case is doing what most Super-State quarterbacks do. He is taking his turn on the recruiting carousel.
The closest stop on the ride was two miles from his high school, at Memorial Stadium last week for Nebraska’s junior day.
With plenty of time until next season, and even more until signing day, the direction Case is headed is too far in the distance to see.
“My ultimate goal is to get my school paid for. I just want to go where I’m wanted, and I’m not sure what that path is yet, but that is my ultimate goal,” Case said.
With that stated clearly, he said he would be lying if he said there weren’t butterflies in his stomach as he was walking out into the empty stadium.
“There’s a part of every kid in Nebraska that wants to grow up and run through that tunnel, and doing the little pregame chant. Everyone wants to be a part of that,” Case said.
The new era of Scott Frost at the helm for Nebraska was something that Case had heard so much about before the visit. But when he was able to see practice, Case said it was really put into perspective just what was happening on the field.
“You’ve heard stories about how up-beat and fast the practices are, but to see it in person was really cool," Case said. "They don’t even condition after practice, because there is so much running. They just get it done in practice.”
Up-tempo offense is not a new thing for the quarterback.
He accumulated 3,249 yards through the air last season, not to mention 35 touchdowns, in only 10 games.
Lincoln High football coach Mark Macke summed up the whole situation very simply.
“This is a really exciting time,” Macke said.
Those numbers, along with his arm strength, have garnered some attention.
Case didn’t only meet with Frost, he also visited North Dakota State and South Dakota this past weekend.
While Case said it was a different beast from visiting Nebraska, he was floored by what he saw in Fargo while visiting North Dakota State.
“I felt the family atmosphere there. It was also good to feel wanted,” Case said. “I’m keeping in contact with them, and they are going to come watch me throw.”
The pro-style offense that the Bison have made a staple in the FCS ranks is not a turnoff for Case at all. Despite running a spread offense in high school, he said he will be comfortable with just about anything.
“I feel like I can run any offense, and be fine. Except for maybe a triple-option, I don’t know about that,” he said laughing.
That won’t be a problem, as long as Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson isn’t visiting to see Case’s double-wing offense skills.
Macke said Case’s arm will work in any type of offense, he just needs to continue to put it on film for coaches.
“He can stretch the field vertically. He has a really strong arm,” Macke said. “I know one thing that the colleges do want to see is that hash-to-sideline hitch, but his timing and accuracy is phenomenal.”
So as spring and summer training sessions loom, Case has time to dissect the best options handed to him.
“I have so many paths in front of me, I’m not set in one certain way. I just want to get there. I want to play.”