Published Thursday, January 30, 2014 AT 11:03 AM / Updated at 12:06 PM
Recruiting: Huskers hunting for that final defensive end
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Who knew the Gator Bowl would be such a bonus for Nebraska’s 2014 recruiting class?

Nebraska got a surprise commit Monday from Plant City (Fla.) defensive end Sedrick King. Now, it appears the Huskers may have a weekend visitor (and Florida State decommit) from Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood High School — the same school that produced 2014 NU cornerback commit Chris Jones and 2014 wide receiver prospect DeSean Blair.

Blake McClain — a 6-foot-3, 265-pound three-star — took an official visit last weekend to FSU, where he’d been committed since last March. After it, he apparently decommitted, according to 247 Sports and Rivals. According to Husker Online, McClain had an in-home visit with wide receivers coach Rich Fisher and defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.

Sandalwood coach Adam Geis told 247 Sports that McClain will either take a visit to NU or South Carolina this weekend. Whichever school gets that visit — probably gets McClain, a base end type with good athleticism and push.

Can Nebraska pull off an inside straight? Coach Bo Pelini’s good at getting multiple players from one school; he’s done it this year at New Orleans Edna Karr, as well.

McClain won’t be the only target still in play. Kansas State commit Elijah Lee — whom Nebraska didn’t offer until recently — is a potential target, as is Penn State commit Lloyd Tubman. Tubman’s still scheduled to visit this weekend.

Earlier this week, according to several recruiting sites, Kevin Bronson canceled his visit to Nebraska.

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