Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 AT 3:34 PM / Updated at 3:34 PM
Recruiting: Top RB Terrell Newby picks Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s already impressive stockpile of offensive skill players grew by one Wednesday – and he’s the highest-ranked commit of the Huskers’ 2013 recruiting class.

Running back Terrell Newby – who posted back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons and ran for 105 touchdowns in his career at Los Angeles Chaminade High School – picked NU over UCLA in a press conference at his high school. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder also considered offers from California, Washington and Oregon.

All major recruiting services rate Newby as a four-star player. Rivals rates Newby as the No. 1 running back in California and the No. 67 player nationally. Scout rates him as the No. 119 overall player. 247Sports composite ranking puts Newby at No. 203 overall. He joins lMarlon Lucky and Aaron Green as highly-rated running back prospects to join Nebraska’s program since 2005.

He rose in the rankings after a second straight big year at Chaminade. He ran for 2,305 yards and 45 touchdowns, including a 360-yard, eight-touchdown performance in a 78-34 win over Harvard-Westlake. Newby was a finalist for the Cal/Hi Sports Mr. Football Award.

Nebraska coaches Tim Beck and Rich Fisher heavily recruited Newby in the spring – well before any of those accolades – and convinced Newby not to commit to Cal earlier this fall. Newby made his official visit for NU’s win over Idaho State.

Newby isn’t the only 2,000-yard rusher to commit to Nebraska for this cycle. Katy (Texas) star Adam Taylor ran for 2,754 yards and 45 touchdowns this year. Taylor is the No. 183 player in the nation according to Scout.

Should their commits stick – both are expected to – Newby and Taylor would join a young, accomplished backfield of junior Ameer Abdullah, junior Braylon Heard and sophomore Imani Cross. The trio ran for 1,809 yards and 18 touchdowns last year.

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