Talk about getting defensive. Less than 24 hours after the Blackshirts owned the night in a 10-3 win over Oklahoma, the Huskers gained three recruits.
Defensive recruits, of course.
A defensive tackle from Texas (Jay Guy). A defensive end from Minnesota (Tobi Okuyemi). A cornerback from California (Joshua Mitchell).
All were in Lincoln for the NU-OU game and decided a commitment to the Huskers was in order before they left town.
“The atmosphere was just crazy, probably the loudest college football game I’ve ever been to,” said Okuyemi, a 6-foot-3, 250-pounder who was recruited by Husker assistants Barney Cotton and John Papuchis.
Okuyemi had offers from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Kentucky.
But Nebraska was always tops on his list.
“From the first time I came to Nebraska for the Spring Game back awhile ago, I knew I wanted to be a Cornhusker,” Okuyemi said. “I just had that feeling and I kept it ever since.”
Okuyemi and Mitchell both committed on Sunday. Guy didn’t even wait that long, giving his word to the Huskers on Saturday night after the game.
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Guy had more than 30 scholarship offers, a list that includes Arkansas, Ole Miss, Arizona, Cal, UCLA, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, and so on and so on.
“The people, the stadium, the coaches, the facilities, the whole town,” the Aldine, Texas, native said of what made his decision. “The fans are just so into it, having just one team in town. I guess that’s what makes the fans back their team so much.”
Papuchis, who has proven to be quite successful on the recruiting front, was Nebraska’s lead recruiter on Guy.
As for Mitchell, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound corner is said to run the 40 in 4.4 seconds. He was one of four players from Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Corona, Calif.) to visit Lincoln this weekend.
Recruited by secondary coach Marvin Sanders, he had offers from Washington State, Colorado State, UTEP, San Diego State and Idaho.
Nebraska now has 14 commitments in this class, with probably just a few more to go before it’s full. Eight of those 14 commits are listed as defensive players — four defensive ends, three defensive backs and one defensive tackle.
Okuyemi said he couldn’t help getting pumped watching the Husker defense fly around Saturday night, forcing five turnovers and probably many more headaches.
“It’s very exciting all the success they’ve had on defense in such a short time,” Okuyemi said. “It makes you wonder what’s going to happen four or five years down the road.”
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