Pickering hopeful for chance to be Nebraska’s starting kicker

December 22, 2017 GMT

Barret Pickering

Kicker, 6-0, 175

Hoover (Ala.) High School

247Sports composite rating: 3 stars (No. 12 kicker)

Rivals rating: 3 stars (No. 4)

ESPN rating: 3 stars (No. 10)

Other key offers: VanderbiltHow he got here: Pickering pledged to the Huskers and former coach Mike Riley’s staff in May without any of those coaches having seen him kick in person. Ranked among the best kickers in the 2018 class, the reliable leg for multiple Hoover state-title teams became a priority for Scott Frost and special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt when they arrived this month. Both coaches spoke on the phone with Pickering, and Dewitt visited his home. Despite Nebraska’s 4-8 fall campaign, Pickering never publicly wavered from his Big Red commitment and took pride in encouraging others to stick around.Our take: Drew Brown leaves an awfully big right shoe to fill after graduating as the fourth-leading scorer in Nebraska history (355 points) and ranking second in program history in career field goals (59). But Pickering has the ingredients to continue NU’s “Kicker U” tradition — among them an even-keel demeanor and a strong leg (34 touchbacks on 39 tries as a prep senior and a career-long field goal of 49 yards). He’ll be on campus in January ready for what coaches hope will be a smooth transition to college.They said it: ”(The new coaches) are just excited to have me. They’re looking forward to getting me up there, get me ready to go.” — Barret Pickering