LINCOLN — Nebraska’s 2014 recruiting class can line up in five wides.
Glenn Irons, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound two-star slot receiver from New Orleans Edna Karr High School, became the fifth wideout commit for the Huskers’ class when he announced Saturday on Twitter he was verbally pledging his services to NU.
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Irons had offers to Western Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama as well, but Nebraska will also view Irons as a kick/punt return specialist. Irons returned nine kicks for touchdowns in 2013 on his way to all-state kick returner honors from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Nebraska’s been hunting for an athlete who can also be a return specialist for the last two recruiting classes, as several Huskers have struggled in the punt returner role.
Irons was not available for comment Saturday night.
In a previous interview with The World-Herald, Edna Karr coach Nathaniel Jones said NU wide receivers coach Rich Fisher spent a day at Edna Karr evaluating both Irons and Tolbert, who is 6-foot-3, 185 pounds. Tolbert and Irons often lined up on opposite sides of the field, forcing defenses to pick their coverage poison. After Fisher’s evaluation, Irons and Tolbert both got offers.
NU’s class is now flush with wide receiver prospects. The top commit is Kansas City-area star Monte Harrison, who may have a chance to play pro baseball. He’s joined by Hinds (Miss.) Community College wide receiver Robert Lockhart and Washington, D.C.-area athlete Demornay Pierson-El. Pierson-El played option quarterback for his team at Alexandria (Va.) West Potomac High School.