Nebraska head coach Scott Frost has confirmed that 4-star tight end and Nebraska’s highest-ranked recruit of the 2021 class, Thomas Fidone, has sustained a knee injury. The highly-touted prospect will miss the Huskers’ spring game on Saturday.

Frost said that Fidone’s suffered a non-contact injury and is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday. Specifics about the knee injury were not provided, though the head coach said it’s possible that the tight end is able to return midway through the 2021 season.

As a high school prospect, Fidone was ranked as the No. 2 tight end in the 2021 class and a Top 100 overall talent, regardless of position. The Iowa native received 36 offers but picked the Huskers.

Fidone was also an early enrollee, getting a kickstart on his college career in Lincoln.

Just a week ago, Nebraska tight ends coach Sean Beckton had provided high praise on Fidone’s development and improvement through spring. He believed the freshman could make an early impact on the field.

“Fidone has really, really improved since Day 1 and he’s only gonna get better from here,” Beckton said. “The sky’s the limit with him. He caught maybe four or five passes today, really had a really good scrimmage. He’s starting to understand the techniques and how to practice on the college level. This is his best day. By far. So, I’m really, really proud. We just gotta keep pressing him to continue on. He’s gonna help this football team this year.”

Nebraska’s spring game is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at Memorial Stadium.