Nebraska hosted only one top 2013 prospect for the Idaho State game: Los Angeles Chaminade running back Terrell Newby. But given 5-foot-10, 190-pound playmaking skills and potential value to the Huskers — think Oregon’s Kenjon Barner — NU needed to impress the kid, and did.
With Ameer Abdullah serving as his host, Newby was wowed by the Memorial Stadium scene.
Huskers Illustrated: “I don’t know why but I think I doubted that it’d be a sell out,” he said. “Once we came out and everything was filled up. It was definitely a sell out. You know you just don’t get that where I’m from. Even at USC. Here the seats are always sold out and that’s great.”
Husker Online: “My return visit here would definitely be a 10. I mean, I’ve never seen anything like that sold out stadium with all of their fans. My family and I have never seen fans like this at all. I was a celebrity like all of the players out here, so it was cool.
Newby, who’s already run for 690 yards and nine touchdowns in four games, has Cal high on his list and plans a visit to Oregon, too. Like Abdullah, he’s a little underrated – some sites have him as a three-star — but worth the pursuit. Newby told HI he’s Nebraska’s No. 1 running back target, and I don’t doubt it. There aren’t a lot of guys like him in the Big Ten.
On a more ominous note, NU cornerback commit Jonathan Cook – that kid from down in Mobile, Ala. — took an unofficial visit to Alabama last weekend. He still has a greyshirt offer from the Crimson Tide, but the better he plays in his senior season — and he’s played pretty well so far — the more likely it is that Bama (or some other SEC school) comes in and offers the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder.
It could be a repeat of the Deion Jones decommit in 2011. LSU dawdled around in offering the kid for who-knows-what reason, so Nebraska landed the kid. For a few months. A few days before LSU’s first game with Alabama, Les Miles swooped in, made the offer, and secured the commit.
Now Jones is playing as a true freshman at LSU with tackles for loss already.