On Wednesday afternoon, running back Terrell Newby (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers after an intense recruitment process that had him looking at California, Oregon, UCLA, and Washington.
“I was thinking about Nebraska for a while, but UCLA came into my recruiting process pretty late,” Newby said. “They really struck me. I was thinking about going [to Nebraska] for a long time, even these past few days I was really contemplating what I’d be able to base this decision off of, and I just felt like they were there from the beginning and truly, truly wanted me.”
In his senior season, Newby ran for 2,305 yards and 45 touchdowns, while leading his team to a 12-2 record.
The Pac-12 desperately wanted to keep Newby in their neighborhood, and the recruitment eventually came down to Nebraska and UCLA. Nebraska believed in him the longest and that ended up making the difference.
“I went through a lot of times where I felt like committing to other schools because other guys were committing, but I feel I waited the right amount of time and did the right thing,” Newby said.
He is Nebraska’s 20th commitment the 2013 recruiting class, and gives coach Pelini nine four-star recruits this year. The Cornhuskers did a solid recruiting job in California this year, where they also got an early commitment from QB Johnny Stanton. Newby is the second RB to commit to the Huskers after Adam Taylor out of Katy, Texas.
Nebraska had a rough end to their 2012 season, losing to Georgia 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl game. This happened just weeks after losing to Wisconsin by a whopping 39 points in the Big 10 championship game. Newby will add some fire to the Huskers running game next year, and with Ohio State now bowl eligible, it should make for quite a battle in the Big 10 next year.