Wisconsin vs. Nebraska, 10/7/17

Nebraska recruit Chase Williams (center) watches the pre-game atmosphere from the Huskers sideline before the Wisconsin game on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Memorial Stadium.


Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class took another hit Wednesday night when four-star cornerback Chase Williams announced he was backing off his verbal commitment to the Huskers.

Williams, a 6-foot-2, 193-pound standout at Roosevelt High in Corona, California, announced his decision on Twitter.

“It is in my heavy heart that I respectfully state this,” he wrote. “First off, I would like to thank the entire Nebraska coaching staff for believing in my athletic ability and traits as a growing man. Coach (Mike) Riley, Coach Donte (Williams) and Coach (Keith Williams) have trusted me in my game as I have trusted them in their coaching. They are people that have helped me grow in my life as a football player as well as a man.”

Williams is the second highly regarded defensive back to de-commit from Nebraska in recent weeks, following Brendan Radley-Hiles’ decision last month

“I’d like to thank the University of Nebraska for accepting me as an exceptional student. Lastly, I would like tot hank the Husker fan base for taking me in as someone in their program and for supporting me; a fan base that is unparalleled and have never seen something to compare to. These are memories I will carry for the rest of my life. With that being said, I will be disconnecting myself from the University of Nebraska and opening up my recruitment.”

The Huskers are down to nine scholarship players committed in the class and will likely see more turnover in the coming weeks.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars (247 Sports composite)
Cameron Jurgens ATH 6'4" 245 Beatrice ****
Cameron Brown WR 6'1" 175 St. Louis (Christian Brothers) ****
Will Farniok OL 6'3" 260 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington) ***
Masry Mapieu DT 6'5" 300 York ***
Tate Wildeman DE 6'6" 245 Parker, Colo. (Legend) ***
Barret Pickering K 6'0" 185 Hoover, Ala. NA
David Alston DE/OLB 6'5" 225 Woodbury, Minn. ***
C.J. Smith S 6'3 193 West Palm Beach, Florida (Oxbridge Academy) ****

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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