One of the nation’s top junior college tackles strongly leaned toward Nebraska before his official visit Friday.
But the Huskers clinched Terrell Clinkscales‘ commitment as he watched Bo Pelini coach the team during NU’s 38-17 loss to Iowa.
“Man, Coach Bo is going to fight to the death for his team,” said Clinkscales, a 6-foot-3, 317-pounder from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. “He doesn’t take any BS.”
Clinkscales, the No. 1 JUCO tackle according to 247Sports and a four-star prospect, announced his decision Sunday night on Twitter but talked to the World-Herald hours beforehand. He joined Pflugerville (Texas) safety Chance Waz — who flipped his commit from Colorado — as commits one day after Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst affirmed that Pelini would be Nebraska’s coach into the future. NU has 17 commits for the 2014 class.
— Terrell Clinkscales (@TerrellClink92) December 2, 2013
Originally a native of Chicago, Clinkscales will have two seasons of eligibility. He migrated to Dodge City after stops two other junior colleges, one of which shut down its football program.
The school switches – and perhaps concerns about whether he’d academically qualify — left him under the radar with some recruiting services. His first official visit this year was to Iowa State, and Kansas State was one of Clinkscales’ two finalists. A May graduate, Clinkscales has said repeatedly he’s confident he’ll qualify.
Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Oregon were among the teams that offered as Clinkscales’ season progressed. He finished with 64 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks, all from an interior tackle spot that rarely produces such numbers against the spread offenses popular in junior college.
Clinkscales said he fits into Nebraska’s scheme, as well. Defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski is a big proponent of the “heavy” technique – which teaches defensive linemen to aggressively engage offensive linemen, extend with their arms and make plays accordingly, using their hands to disengage from blocks. NU’s linemen rarely shoot gaps, preferring to create opportunities for linebackers to make tackles.
Clinkscales said he’s all for it.
“A lot of the things he coaches in his drills I feel like I can do pretty well,” Clinkscales said. “Coach Kaz is a loyal guy, too.”