He expected a lot from the trip. He didn't necessarily expect to see a wedding party.

But Quayshon Alexander loved that, too. When he was visiting Lincoln last weekend, he ran across a couple who had just gotten married. Now it was time for family pictures at Memorial Stadium.

"People are just hanging out there all the time. It’s like a great tourist center. … I can tell Nebraska and Memorial Stadium is definitely a big deal over there. People just take a bunch of pride in it, and it’s just a great place to play football," Alexander said.

On Friday, the linebacker recruit from New Jersey decided it'd be a great place for him to play football, committing to Nebraska, becoming the 10th pledge in the 2016 class.

Alexander didn't rush it, even delaying his decision to commit to Nebraska a month ago, taking his mom's advice and doing his due diligence in visiting other campuses.

But his heart always seemed set on one place, and Mom understood.

“Really just being there at Nebraska for a full weekend really confirmed what I believed prior to ever going there," Alexander said. "I got a lot of family support, my mom’s support, and the OK to do what I wanted.”

While visiting during Big Red Weekend, Alexander easily stood out with his 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame, looking every bit the part even while situated next to current Huskers.

Last season he had 19½ sacks for DePaul Catholic High School as a defensive end, though he is being recruited to play linebacker at NU. The Husker staff has been trying to bulk up at that position, already gaining a commitment from junior college prospect William Johnson (Arizona Western) in this class.

He is rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN, and a three-star by Rivals and Scout. His addition to the class moved Nebraska up to No. 25 nationally in both the 247Sports and Scout team recruiting rankings. Rivals has the NU class ranked 30th.

Alexander has a brother, Kiy Hester, who is a defensive back for Rutgers. He started his career at Miami before transferring to the in-state school, closer to their mother, who is dealing with illness.

“I think personally it was definitely difficult because she had an older son go to a college last year, and for her younger son to go, it’s hard … especially somewhere that’s a far distance," Alexander said. "She just really wanted to make sure that it worked for me."

Alexander took some visits to make sure, including one to Virginia Tech in early June that seemed to impress him. But he has always held Nebraska in the highest regard during the process.

Even when delaying the expected commitment to NU back in mid-May, he still appeared to have the Huskers as his frontrunner, telling the Journal Star then: "I like the new staff. They're trying to get Nebraska to greatness. They're already a great team. They just need that extra push. I do like that."

He really likes NU's linebackers coach Trent Bray. He likes his youthful energy, and the fact the coach played the position at Oregon State.

"I like the fact that he's very hands-on, and very interactive when he's coaching," Alexander said Friday. "He's able to actually show us what we're doing, and he can kind of relate to exactly what we're doing. It's just great having a young coach being a mentor for you."

On a night when he was fielding call after call from reporters, Alexander was happy to have the commitment out of the way. Put a check mark next to one big goal.

"Now I get to focus on meeting my next dream, which is being a WWE superstar," he said. "It’s fun getting one of the two obstacles out of the way."

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


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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