Tate Wildeman was a potential candidate for playing time as a true freshman in 2018, but an injury forced him to miss the entire year and utilize his redshirt season.
Before Nebraska (Legend HS)
A four-star recruit with a Big Ten pedigree, Wildeman joined Nebraska after starring as a defensive end for Legend High School and Coach Monte Thelen in Parker, Colo.
Wildeman totaled 61 tackles for Legend in 2017, including 40 solo stops. He led the Titans with 6.0 sacks and eight tackles for loss despite playing in only eight games. Wildeman added 40 tackles as a junior in 2016, including 13 TFLs and 7.0 sacks, while forcing two fumbles. He was an honorable-mention Class 5A all-state selection as a junior.
Wildeman was regarded as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Colorado by both Rivals and the 247Sports Composite rankings. Rivals also ranked him among the nation’s top 20 weakside defensive end prospects, while 247Sports had him listed just outside the nation’s top 300 players. Wildeman also visited Colorado State and Washington State.
Tate’s father, Parker, was a two-year letterman for the Iowa Hawkeyes, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 1994, when he led the Hawkeyes with 10.0 sacks and 17 tackles for loss.