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Recruiting: Huskers begin weekend of intrigue

Recruiting: Huskers begin weekend of intrigue

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As the finish line comes into view, the Nebraska football team is busy with an important recruiting weekend that will help determine if it's a sprint to the tape or something less exhilarating.

Among the visitors to Lincoln this weekend are a quarterback from Georgia who seems eager to choose his school and a defensive end who a week ago was part of national champion Florida State's recruiting class.

Start with the quarterback, because doesn't it always start there? A.J. Bush is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect who received an offer from Nebraska this week.

Bush has scholarship offers from the likes of Kansas State, Boston College and Cincinnati, and reportedly has been getting looks from Michigan and Arkansas.

According to his recent comments to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, however, he seems Nebraska's to lose.

“I was always waiting for a school like Nebraska to offer me,” Bush told the newspaper. “You don’t find many schools with the tradition, history and success like Nebraska. I feel like it’s the right place for me. The offense is a good fit for me."

He has not committed to Nebraska but said there's a "95 percent" chance he will.

Bush led Norcross High School to a state championship in Georgia's largest classification after transferring to the school just before his senior year.

While in Lincoln, he should cross paths with Blake McClain, a 6-3, 265-pound defensive end who had been committed to Florida State until last week.

The Florida State site reported McClain decommitted after FSU talked to him about possibly taking a grayshirt.

"They (the Seminoles) decided to go in a different direction," McClain told the site. "No hard feelings, but it's just business."

Nebraska's biggest competition for McClain now seems to be South Carolina.

McClain is from the same Jacksonville, Fla., high school (Sandalwood) that produced Nebraska defensive back recruit Chris Jones and wide receiver Desean Blair, another Husker target.

Safety Markell Boston (Newnan, Ga.,), who is committed to East Carolina, also is visiting Nebraska. And a late addition to the visitor list includes defensive end DeAndre Willis (Lineville, Ala.), a prospect who is not committed but also has offers to Ole Miss, Clemson and Vanderbilt.

Nebraska enters the weekend with 23 players in its class, but that number seems likely changed by the time they're cleaning up the Super Bowl confetti Sunday night.

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


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