Robert Porcher IV

Florida high school defensive lineman Robert Porcher IV (23) projects as a defensive end at Nebraska.

When Robert Porcher IV arrived back home in Orlando, Florida, this past weekend, he found his thoughts for the next couple of days still centered around the place he had just left.

His father, a man who was a defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions for 13 years and an All-Pro for three of those, seemed to be feeling the same way.

"I decided, 'Why wait?'" Porcher said Wednesday, not long after going public with his commitment to Nebraska.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end from Dr. Phillips High School carries upward of 30 offers, including notables such as USC, Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, Missouri and Louisville.

But his weekend visit to Lincoln with his father tipped the scale one way.

Porcher didn't know exactly what to expect going in, but he didn't suspect his trip to Lincoln would be so … interesting. He also has felt a good connection with first-year Husker defensive line coach John Parrella.

"He kept telling me, 'There's no place like Nebraska. We have everything you need. All the resources. Academics. Everything.' And when I went, I was just amazed by everything," Porcher said. "I really enjoyed myself there and I felt like it was home when I was there.

"I felt like I'd known all the coaches for a long, long, long time. If I had that feeling, I knew that was the right place for me."

It didn't hurt that Dad felt the same vibe.

"I think he enjoyed the trip more than I did," Porcher said. "He said it felt like family. He also said when he dropped me off he wouldn't feel bad about the situation, he would feel good about them keeping me in good hands."

It's worth noting perhaps that Porcher's father and Parrella were in the NFL at the same time, with Porcher playing from 1992-2004 and Parrella in the league from 1993-2004.

While the son still has some room to go to catch his dad, he just may catch the sack record at his high school this fall.

After 11 sacks last season to give him 16 for his career, he needs 10 more in his senior season to top the record held by his head coach.

He is the 11th to commit in this Husker class, and the second D-lineman addition for Parrella. NU also has a pledge from defensive tackle Deontre Thomas of Mustang, Oklahoma.

Porcher said he and Parrella had been communicating almost every day they could. "He knows what it takes to get there (to the NFL). We have a good relationship … I just think he's a good person to be around."

Porcher just had minor surgery on one of his thumbs and did not participate in the most recent Friday Night Lights camp. But he did get time to talk to some of those recruits in town, including some current Husker commitments.

Now he's part of that club, too.

"They said they're glad they made the commitment to come and I see why they enjoyed it so much, so I decided to join them," Porcher said. "I'm glad. I'm looking forward to being there next fall."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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