Destin McCauley, one of the top wrestlers in the country, announced he would accept a scholarship from Nebraska. He said the influence of seeing former Husker Jordan Burroughs earn NCAA titles and the Olympic gold medal was significant in his choice.
McCauley, who spent the past two years at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., was a six-time state champion at Apple Valley, Minn., and helped the team win 11 team and dual state titles.
McCauley, who will wrestle at 149 pounds, is considered one of the best wrestlers ever in Minnesota and was listed as a top recruit in 2011 before choosing to join the USA Wrestling program and attempt to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
“I didn’t make it, but I learned a lot, traveled the world -- Cuba, Nicaragua, Thailand, Ukraine -- and wrestled against the best in the world,” McCauley said.
McCauley made his official visit to Nebraska last weekend.
“I was sure that was the place for me,” he said. “I really connected with the coaches, who I’ve known for a long time, and with the entire program. They are heading in the right direction.”
NU will be adding another recruit. Grand Island Central Catholic's Mitch Maginnis will sign Wednesday with the Huskers. Maginnis went 42-3 at 113 pounds as a senior, placing second at state.
McCauley won his last 98 matches in high school and finished his senior year 49-0. Since then, he’s won two national titles and the Pan Am championship.
“Nebraska is getting a good one, one of the best,” Apple Valley athletic director Pete Buesgens said.
McCauley joins a Husker recruiting class of Pat Downey, a 184-pound former two-time Maryland state champion, who also wrestled at the Olympic Training Center and finished second at the Junior World Championships last year; Colton McCrystal of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, a state champion; and Anthony Abidin of Dix Hlls, N.Y., who won the national junior college title last year at Nassau Community College.