Wide receiver Tyrell Spain is set to make his long-awaited Husker debut this fall. Spain originally signed with the Huskers as part of Nebraska’s top-ranked recruiting class in February of 2005. However, Spain had to complete eligibility requirements at Southeast Community College in Lincoln last fall and did not join the Husker program until January.
The 6-3, 190-pound Spain brings outstanding size and athletic ability to the Husker receiving corps. Spain was impressive during spring ball and is expected to contend for playing time at receiver this fall.
Before Nebraska (Mesa College/Hoover HS)
Spain was one of the final pieces in Nebraska’s 2005 recruiting class, but sat out the 2005 season and enrolled in community college. Spain was one of eight native Californians in NU’s 2005 recruiting class. He spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons at Mesa College in San Diego, where he starred for Coach Martin Moss. Spain caught 46 passes for 858 yards and eight touchdowns in 2004, helping Mesa to a 6-4 record. Spain ranked second in the Foothills Conference in receiving yards and was fourth in receptions, helping him to first-team All-Foothills Conference honors. Spain posted similar numbers as a freshman at Mesa, hauling in 46 catches for 724 yards and seven touchdowns.
Spain originally signed with New Mexico State out of San Diego’s Hoover High School. At Hoover High, Spain was a three-year starter, including the last two seasons at quarterback. As a senior, Spain was voted his team’s offensive MVP, and was a first-team all-conference pick. In his final high school season, Spain threw for 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns and also ran for nine touchdowns. In his junior season, Spain helped Hoover High to a 9-4 record and a berth in the CIF San Diego Section semifinals. He was a three-star prospect in the Rivals.com ranking system.
Spain is the son of Michael and Moni Spain, and he was born on July 29, 1984. He is majoring in sociology.