Only one of Nebraska’s football recruits for the class of 2014 was in action last weekend, and it was a tough outcome: Apopka (Fla.) quarterback Zack Darlington suffered a concussion in his team’s 51-36 loss to Duncan Byrnes (S.C.), a game that was televised on ESPN. It was Darlington's second concussion, with the first coming earlier this summer.

On Monday night, Zack's father and high school coach, Rick Darlington, issued a statement to the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel: "We will make sure that he has that time to recover and pursue his dreams.

"I spoke with Bo Pelini, the head football coach at the University of Nebraska (on Monday) morning. He told me that if Zack plays again this year, if he doesn't play this year or if he never plays football again, they want him as a Cornhusker.

"This type of integrity and loyalty is why Zack chose Nebraska as his college destination, and we are very thankful to Coach Pelini and his staff for their support of my son, not just as a football player but as a young man.

"This is a difficult time for Zack and our family. Many tears have been shed and many prayers said, not only for healing, but for wisdom and comfort. Zack has been our emotional and spiritual leader, both on and off the field."

Ready to commit: Hiawatha (Kansas) defensive tackle Peyton Newell (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is expected to make his college choice at his school Friday afternoon. Newell is a four-star recruit who has offers from the likes of Nebraska, USC, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Michigan State.

Spotlight is on: The first Friday of Nebraska prep football pits the top two ranked Class A teams. No. 1 Millard West is led by Husker target Skyler Monaghan (5-10, 170, WR) and Stanford-bound Harrison Phillips (6-4, 240, DE). Second-ranked Lincoln Southeast will turn to Husker recruits D.J. Foster (6-3, 312, OL/DL) and Luke Gifford (6-3, 198, QB/S). Last year, Lincoln Southeast defeated Millard West 28-21 in the season opener.

 

Reach Sports Editor Darnell Dickson at ddickson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7320.

Darnell graduated from BYU and covered Cougar football for the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, before taking over as sports editor of the Journal Star in 2011.