A friend broke the news. A friend who, if all goes according to plan, will be a future teammate.

"... Welcome our newest commit (Hunter Dale). HE IS A CORNHUSKER!!!!!" running back Kendall Bussey tweeted Thursday night.

Many had wondered if Dale, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound safety from River Ridge, La., would end Nebraska's two-month commitment dry spell after his midweek visit to Lincoln.

Leave it to another Louisiana native (Bussey) to break the news of Nebraska's 11th commitment in the 2015 recruiting class. Dale soon confirmed his decision.

What made Nebraska the right place?

"Man, everything," Dale said. "Literally everything I saw today. Everything I got to talk with coaches about."

One of Nebraska's biggest selling points is that Husker coaches are open to him playing both football and baseball. During his visit, Dale spent time with Darin Erstad and the NU baseball staff.

"I wanted to play two sports, and as I was talking to coaches, they're really happy I'm playing both sports, so that was really an eye-opener," said Dale, an outfielder.

Dale choose Nebraska over schools such as Ole Miss, Florida, Arizona State and Arizona, among others. NU assistants Rich Fisher and Charlton Warren, who would be Dale's position coach, were key in the recruiting process.

Dale said the Lincoln campus isn't what an outsider imagines.

"When I think of Nebraska, I think cornfields," Dale said. "So I came out here expecting cornfields. But it's a city environment with a lot of (recruits) from Louisiana. It just feels like family out here."

Nebraska has made Dale's home state of Louisiana a priority in recruiting. The two recruits from the state in this class come on the heels of NU taking three players (linebacker Jaevon Walton and wide receivers Glenn Irons and Jariah Tolbert) from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans in the 2014 class.

Dale comes from the same school — John Curtis High — that produced recently graduated Husker safety P.J. Smith.

He joins a Husker class loaded with potential in the secondary. Dale follows pledges from Colorado natives Avery Anderson and Eric Lee, and Atlanta's Aaron Williams, all defensive backs.

At one point during Dale's visit Thursday, he tweeted a photo of him next to NU football coach Bo Pelini. The coach wore a big smile. Good news was soon coming.

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


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