Nebraska has put an emphasis on backfield talent in its 2019 recruiting class.

That group, however, will not include Thomas Grayson.

The talented running back from Booker T. Washington High in Tulsa, Oklahoma backed off his verbal pledge on Wednesday evening, announcing via Twitter that he would be looking elsewhere for a college destination.

"After talking with (running backs coach Ryan) Held and (offensive coordinator Troy) Walters I will be de-committing from Nebraska and re-opening my recruitment," Grayson wrote. "I appreciate all the love and support from Husker Nation."

The Huskers' backfield class filled up quickly after Grayson originally gave his verbal pledge April 9, less than two weeks after NU originally offered and immediately following an unofficial visit this spring.

After that, Rahmir Johnson (Oradell, New Jersey) committed on May 5 and Ronald Thompkins (Loganville, Georgia) followed suit June 15 and suddenly the Huskers had a relatively large number of backfield prospects pledged in a short period of time.

Grayson had started to draw significant national interest and will have no shortage of suitors if he puts together a big senior season. He rushed for 1,332 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior after missing the 2016 season with a broken ankle.

Though the Huskers still have two backs in their 2019 class and a stable of young, talented players on the roster -- all but Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon have eligibility remaining past this season -- they are still recruiting more.

For instance, four-star prospect Wandale Robinson (Frankfurt, Kentucky) is slated to use an official visit for Nebraska's season opener against Akron on Sept. 1.

The Huskers now have 15 verbal commitments in their 2019 class.

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