Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 AT 7:59 PM / Updated at 10:46 PM
Recruiting: Nebraska lands 2014 defensive end Blake McClain
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

The boom patrol kept rolling for Nebraska’s football team Saturday night, as the Huskers picked up one key, final piece for its 2014 recruiting class in Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood defensive end Blake McClain.

A 6-foot-4, 285-pounder according to his high school coach, Adam Geis, McClain decommitted from Florida State — where he’d been verbally pledged for nearly a year — after the 2013 defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt, left for Georgia and the Seminoles asked McClain to consider a grayshirt in order to make room for extra signees. McClain declined, dropped FSU, and fell right into Nebraska’s lap. He officially visited Lincoln this weekend, and though he hinted at taking additional visits to South Carolina and Georgia Tech, he told the World-Herald he’s done. Nebraska’s the spot.

“This whole week has been hectic,” McClain said. “Crazy. Stressful. But I’m happy with my decision. This is where I want to be.”

Geis, who is sending Sandalwood cornerback Chris Jones to NU for this cycle, as well, said Saturday that if McClain committed, he’d make the prospect on honor it on Signing Day.

“After what Florida State just put him through, he’s not doing that to someone else,” Geis said.

A three-star prospect, McClain can play tackle or end and likes playing both. McClain said Nebraska intends to use him at both spots, as well.

“Wait until you see him running,” Geis said. “It’s a heck of a steal if Nebraska can get him.”

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