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No rest on this Sunday for Husker recruiting

No rest on this Sunday for Husker recruiting

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Nebraska’s weekend commitment parade stretched into Sunday, tacking on three more players to the three achieved the night before.

Those six commitments over a two-day span are equal in distribution among two recruiting classes, with three belonging to the 2014 class that will sign its papers Wednesday and three representing the 2015 class.

Joining Nebraska’s party on Super Sunday were quarterback AJ Bush and defensive end DeAndre Wills of the 2014 class, and four-star defensive back Avery Anderson for next year.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Bush will no doubt draw the most attention, given his position. He joins Zack Darlington, already on campus, as the quarterbacks in this Husker class.

"I got a lot of success winning, and I've felt losing," Bush said. "I know how it feels, and I honestly just want to bring Nebraska 'W's.' I feel like they deserve it. I feel like I deserve it."

Nebraska only offered Bush this past week, but he connected immediately with offensive coordinator Tim Beck, with Bush declaring even before his visit there was a 95 percent chance he’d commit to the Huskers.

Those numbers went up Sunday afternoon.

“The offense just fits my style," Bush said. "I really appreciate them coming in because I always wanted a traditional program with success like Nebraska has had. I felt like Coach Beck explained to me the offensive style well and I feel like I can flourish in this offense. So I'm just going to compete."

With an offer list that included Kansas State, Cincinnati and Marshall, Bush is an intriguing prospect, a left-hander who still has some rawness to his game but also plenty of upside. He led his Norcross team to a state championship in the highest classification of Georgia football after just transferring there before his senior year.

Bush’s commitment came hours after Wills got the ball rolling Sunday morning, saying that his relationship with defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski and the campus facilities were enough to make him say yes to the Huskers before getting on a plane for home.

Home for the 6-3, 250-pound Wills is Ashland, Ala. With other offers from Clemson, Mississippi and Central Arkansas, and some interest from Alabama, Wills and Nebraska just became serious with each other in recent weeks.

"It feels great, man," Wills said. "The coaches surrounded me and made me feel like I was at home. I really liked the trip and everything. It was just a blast."

Wills is the third defensive end Nebraska has added to this class in the past week.

After losing Terrell Clinkscales and Darius Slade as decommitments in January, Husker coaches made the position a priority need down the stretch run.

Wills joins Blake McClain, the former Florida State pledge who committed Saturday night, and Sedrick King, a former Central Florida commit, as key late additions that may take some of the sting from the aforementioned losses at the position.

"That's what I like to do is rush the quarterback,” Wills said.

With Bush and Wills joining the class, Nebraska has 25 known commitments for the current recruiting cycle.

One recruit who will not sign with the Huskers on Wednesday is wide receiver Robert Lockhart. confirmed that the product of Hinds (Miss.) Community College is trying to come back from a recent knee injury and meet all the academic requirements. He still could potentially connect with Nebraska come May but is no longer on the commit list.

Even while sorting out this year's class, it's never too early to get a jump on next year, and Anderson bolstered that effort Sunday, following the Saturday commitments of defensive back Eric Lee and running back Kendall Bussey to the 2015 class.

Anderson, a Colorado Springs native, and Lee, from Highlands Ranch, give Nebraska the top two 2015 recruits out of Colorado, according to 247Sports. Both defensive backs are four-star prospects.

Anderson’s father is enlisted in the Air Force and works at the Academy, where new secondary coach Charlton Warren spent the past 11 years coaching.

"My father knows Coach Charlton Warren," Anderson told "My dad is stationed at the Air Force Academy and works a lot with the athletic department there. I love Coach Warren and it really helped with me and my decision to commit to Nebraska."

Warren certainly has become a storyline since arriving on the job as a Husker assistant just 2½ weeks before signing day. Anderson and Lee are both recruits attributed to his recruiting work. He also played a part in helping the Huskers land both Bush and McClain.

In addition, he's the lead man working on safety Markell Boston, a 2014 recruit from Newnan, Ga., who visited this weekend. Boston perhaps seemed on the brink of a commitment with a teasing tweet Saturday night, but ultimately left for home with his decision still dangling in the wind.

He’s committed to East Carolina, but also remains on the radar of Alabama and Auburn, though those schools are yet to offer. His recruiting decision could be a storyline all the way to signing day.

In the case of Anderson, he had been previously committed to Arizona State, but the 6-1, 175-pound recruit decided to change course after being among the more than 15 juniors who visited the Lincoln campus  Saturday.

Like Lee, who he is friends with, Anderson is looking at the possibility of enrolling early and being on campus by January.

"It's awesome that Eric and I are going to be teammates," Anderson told BigRedReport. "We aren't now, we are just training partners, and we are great friends. This is a great opportunity for both of us at Nebraska."

It certainly was a memorable two days of recruiting for Husker coaches, a whirlwind of activity that at times proved a challenge to follow.

In the end, six new names went up on the board: McClain, Wills and Bush for 2014; Lee, Bussey and Anderson for 2015.

When did Bush know his chances of committing had gone from 95 percent to 100?

“As soon as I stepped off the plane, I felt a connection with everyone I met,” he said. “The coaches were genuine. I really enjoyed it, obviously. It was a fun weekend.”

​Reach Brian Christopherson at or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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