Sideline chatter: Touted recruits attend Saturday's game

2013-09-07T23:25:00Z 2013-09-08T00:15:11Z Sideline chatter: Touted recruits attend Saturday's gameBy the Lincoln Journal Star

While Saturday’s game wasn’t against one of the marquee opponents that often draw a lot of football recruits making official visits, the weekend still turned out to be a pretty big one for Nebraska when it comes to recruiting.

NU hosted four touted prospects. Running back Madre London is a three-star prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also has a trip lined up to Wisconsin later this month, according to

London went to his Twitter account several times during the weekend. He posted that he was enjoying the movie night Friday with the football team, and felt blessed.

“The fans here at Nebraska game are crazy. Having a good time. I’ve loving it. Go Big Red,” London tweeted.

Three-star dual-threat quarterback athlete Quinton Flowers from Miami has an impressive list of scholarship offers, including Alabama and Texas.

As Flowers walked onto the Memorial Stadium field just before kickoff to watch the Tunnel Walk, a fan in the end zone yelled out to him. He looked up and smiled.

Three-star defensive back Joshua Kalu from Houston was there, as was four-star wide receiver Erik Brown from Fontana, Calif. Brown, ranked the No. 120th recruit overall in the class, committed to Washington this summer, but still made the trip to Lincoln.

1964 Orange Bowl team honored

Before the game, Nebraska honored the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Nebraska team. About 10 players from the team were on the field.

The team earned a berth in the 1964 Orange Bowl and defeated Auburn 13-7, with quarterback Dennis Claridge rushing for 108 yards.

Nebraska made its second Orange Bowl appearance in 1964, but the first under second-year coach Bob Devaney.

NU finished 10-1 in 1963, including the Orange Bowl victory. With a 29-20 win against No. 6 Oklahoma in the regular-season finale, Nebraska clinched its first Big Eight title and first overall conference title since 1940.

The Huskers' only loss was to Air Force, and they finished fifth in the final rankings.


* Southern Miss fans filling only one of the usual sections for visiting fans. It appears a trip to Lincoln for the second straight season wasn’t a vacation destination this year.

* Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez wearing a headset on the sideline, his day already done early in the third quarter.

* More people than last week trying to sell tickets outside the stadium.


* “Are you going to the Michael Bublé concert?” a fan asked another outside the stadium before the game, in reference to this week’s concert at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Clearly, there were some people looking past the Golden Eagles.

-- Brent C. Wagner

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