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Recruiting: Huskers add four-star safety to class
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Recruiting: Huskers add four-star safety to class

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As Husker football coaches began a jam-packed week on the satellite camp circuit, their 2016 recruiting class gained some meat, with four-star safety Marquel Dismuke announcing his pledge to Nebraska.

"I am blessed to say I (just) committed to Nebraska and I would like to thank the coaches for this opportunity," he tweeted.

Dismuke noted he was feeling sick Monday and didn't wish to do interviews about his decision.

But his commitment will have Nebraska fans feeling anything but, with the 6-foot-1, 180-pound prospect from Calabasas, California, getting four stars from Rivals, ESPN and Scout, which also puts him as a four-star player in the 247Sports composite rankings.

"He kind of has a cornerback's body, but he's real rangy, good cover guy, not afraid to come up and hit someone, real smart player," said Greg Biggins, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com who knows the prospects in that area well. "I like him. I think he's very good, one of the top safeties in the West Coast, for sure. We think he's one of the top 300 players nationally as well."

Dismuke was part of a 7-on-7 team that traveled with former NFL standout Keyshawn Johnson to Nebraska in early March.

According to various recruiting sites, he also plans to participate in the satellite camp staffed by Husker coaches in Santa Monica, California, later this week.

The connection between Husker head coach Mike Riley and Johnson, who played for Riley when the coach was USC's offensive coordinator in the mid-'90s, certainly can't be undersold when discussing Dismuke.

"Calabasas has a ton of kids. They're loaded. They'll have probably 10 guys sign out of their current 2016, 2017, 2018 class," Biggins said. "It's a good school to be connected with. With Keyshawn being there, I'm not going to say he's going to push kids to Nebraska, but he's definitely going to encourage them to give them a look because he has so much history with Coach Riley."

Until five days ago, Dismuke had been committed to Cal. His breakup with the Golden Bears led many to believe the Huskers were the next team in line.

The Huskers' ninth commitment in this recruiting cycle, Dismuke rates only slightly behind offensive lineman John Raridon in the 247Sports composite rankings among players in the NU class.

After playing at Dominquez High School in Compton, California, he transferred after his junior season to Calabasas High, becoming teammates with two talented wide receivers who have Husker scholarship offers — Keyshawn Johnson Jr., class of 2017, and Brian Hightower, class of 2018. Both Johnson and Hightower attended Nebraska's Friday Night Lights camp earlier this month.

The Huskers were the first school to offer Hightower, who quickly had Tennessee, Arizona State and Washington State follow suit.

While Dismuke was making his college intentions known Monday, Riley and his assistants were in the Atlanta area, helping work the first of a week's worth of satellite camps across the country.

"Great day of football down in Atlanta, plenty of talent in the Peach State," Riley tweeted.

The plan is to hit a camp in Miami on Tuesday, Houston on Wednesday, Dallas on Thursday and Santa Monica on Friday.

Riley recently told the Journal Star the camps are "important to spread the message of what you teach in football, and what you're trying to do as your approach to the program at the University of Nebraska."

In that same interview, Riley didn't want to set a certain number of commitments he'd like before the season begins in a class that could be close to 25 when all is said and done.

"We’re just recruiting hard now, and we’re taking them as we come," he said.

You'll especially take those four-star safeties when they come.

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

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Nebraska's 2016 recruits

A closer look at Nebraska's recruiting class for 2016.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School)
Quayshon Alexander LB 6-3 230 Wayne, N.J. (De Paul Catholic)
DiCaprio Bootle CB 5-11 175 Miami, Fla. (Southridge)
Bryan Brokop OL 6-5 280 New Lenox, Ill. (Lincoln-Way West)
Marquel Dismuke DB 6-2 170 Calabasas, Calif.
JoJo Domann LB 6-1 210 Colorado Springs, Colo. (Pine Creek)
Patrick O'Brien QB 6-3 230 San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (San Juan Hills)
John Raridon OL 6-4 270 West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley)
Greg Simmons LB 6-2 225 Fort Pierce, Fla. (Central)
JD Spielman ATH 5-8 175 Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Ben Stille DE 6-4 230 Ashland-Greenwood
Jack Stoll TE 6-5 225 Aurora, Colo. (Regis Jesuit)
Boe Wilson OL 6-2 280 Lee's Summit, Mo. (West)
Derrion Grim WR 5-11 190 Stockton, Calif.
Tre Bryant RB 5-10 198 St. Louis, Mo.
Caleb Lighbourn P/K 6-2 215 Camas, Wash.
Tony Butler DB 6-2 197 Lakewood, Ohio (St. Edward)
Pernell Jefferson LB 6-2 236 New Orleans, La. (Warren Easton)
Collin Miller DE 6-3 235 Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeast)
Matt Farniok OT 6-5 320 Sioux Falls, S.D. (Washington)
David Engelhaupt TE 6-4 235 Norfolk Catholic
Lamar Jackson CB 6-2 205 Elk Grove, Calif. (Franklin)
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