Jordan Westerkamp goes with Nebraska

Updated: January 9, 2012, 5:18 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Montini senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp said Monday he will remain a Nebraska recruit after considering Notre Dame over the last month.

"I came to the decision last night around midnight," said Westerkamp, who is the 50th ranked wide receiver in the country by ESPN. "When it came down to it, I just love Nebraska. I'm so excited about it and can't wait to get out there. I know Nebraska is the place for me. I had to see my options and put it all on the table. In the end, this is the place for me."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Westerkamp became Illinois' all-time leader in career receptions (235), yards (4,584) and touchdowns (66) this season. In the state championship game, he had 12 catches for 353 yards and five touchdowns. He was the ESPNChicago.com Player of the Year.

Westerkamp had originally committed to Nebraska in May of 2011. Notre Dame offered him in December, and he visited its campus soon after.

"I had to go out and take that visit," Westerkamp said. "I had to see if I felt the same way about Notre Dame as I did Nebraska. I didn't get that feeling about Notre Dame.

"It was pretty stressful. A lot of people were giving me their opinions all the time. I knew in the end I had to make the decision for me. I went with my heart. It's a relief. I can now focus on being a Husker."

Westerkamp informed both coaching staffs of his decision on Monday.

"Notre Dame was respectful of it," Westerkamp said. "They respected that I gave them a chance. They told me if anything changes before signing day they would take me in a heartbeat.

"Nebraska was thrilled and excited. They were just really excited and screaming a little bit. They were happy. It was a good feeling that both programs wanted me."

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.