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Jahkeem Green

Jahkeem Green is ranked by 247 Sports as the nation's No. 2 junior college defensive tackle.

Nebraska's 2019 defensive line was already shaping up to be perhaps the strongest unit on Erik Chinander's side of the ball. 

Now it appears it might get deeper. 

Junior college defensive tackle Jahkeem Green from Highland Community College in Kansas gave his verbal commitment to the coaching staff during his official visit and the pledge was confirmed Monday night by Highland assistant coach Judd Remmers. 

"He's 100% in the boat," said Remmers, adding that Green isn't much for social media and doesn't typically do interviews. "He's committed and now he's just got to finish up his schoolwork and all that." 

Green was originally verbally committed to South Carolina, but did not sign this winter, essentially keeping himself on the market. 

He visited Lincoln for a junior day in late March, then came back for the spring game last weekend and gave his commitment to the staff Sunday morning. 

Green has three years to play two but could be an immediate contributor even in a group that has depth. 

The spring signing period has passed so, according to Remmers, Green just has a verbal commitment and will head to Lincoln after he graduates from Highland. 

"He's a team-first guy," Remmers said. "Jahkeem had everybody in the SEC offer him heading into his sophomore year, but he played the whole season. We weren't playing for a national championship or anything. ... A lot of guys that have all their offers, they're selfish and want to protect themselves so they don't get hurt or whatever for the four-year school, but Jahkeem put his team first even at the junior college level." 

In his sophomore year at Highland, Green finished third on the team in tackles with 67, including seven for loss and 2 1/2 sacks. 

"He's just an explosive player," Remmers said. "He's probably 6-foot-4 or 6-5, 300 pounds and he's a flat-belly kid that can run. He's explosive. He uses his hands really well to get separation and to be able to get off a block and make a play." 

According to the 247Sports junior college composite, Green is ranked the No. 18 overall juco player and the No. 2 juco DT in the country. 

With Green taking up a scholarship, the Huskers have a maximum of two remaining for the 2019 class. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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