Ronald Delancy
Ronald Delancy III is standout at Miami Northwestern High School.

Nebraska's class of 2020 secondary is going to have a distinct geographic flavor to it.

The Huskers are making some serious hay in Florida and continued that trend Tuesday afternoon when defensive back Ronald Delancy III announced his verbal commitment to the program via Twitter. 

Delancy III is a standout at Miami Northwestern and has seen his recruitment take off with a strong start to his senior season.

Perhaps not surprisingly, NU secondary coach Travis Fisher led Delancy's recruitment for the Huskers. 

Even though Delancy's recruiting profile has improved recently, he was on Fisher's radar long before his senior season started. The Huskers first offered Delancy back on April 18, just about the time the spring evaluation period first began. 

He entered his final year of high school ball verbally pledged to Louisville, but took an official visit to Lincoln for Nebraska's game against Ohio State late last month and decommitted from the ACC program shortly thereafter. 

Now, he's the third Florida native to join the Huskers' secondary class for 2020, following Orlando cornerback Tamon Lynum and fellow Miami defender Henry Gray (Central). Delancy began his high school career at Carol City High in Miami before transferring to Northwestern for his final two seasons. 

Neither Delancy nor Miami Northwestern head coach Max Edwards returned messages from the Lincoln Journal Star on Tuesday. 

Fisher has been the lead recruiter on all three defensive backs out of Florida, where he coached at UCF for four years and also played his college ball before setting out on a nine-year NFL career. 

Delancy III is the 13th known commitment for Nebraska in the 2020 class and the third to join the class since the regular season started, following Gray and inside linebacker Rodney Groce (Pleasant Grove, Alabama). 

As the Huskers keep adding numbers to their 2020 recruiting class, the ranking keeps creeping up. Delancy's pledge bumps Nebraska up to No. 29 nationally and No. 6 in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports. According to Rivals, the NU class is No. 35 nationally and No. 8 in the Big Ten. As recently as a few weeks ago, both sites had Nebraska as low as the 60s nationally, not because of of a lack of quality prospects — the Huskers have several players who are considered high-end recruits — but a lack of quantity. Three in-state pledges in recent weeks has helped set up Nebraska to be able to be in a good place numberwise come the early signing period in December, but there is still work to do. 

The Huskers are expected to target a class of somewhere between 22 to 25 overall for 2020. 

Class of 2020 Nebraska football recruits

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars
Zavier Betts WR 6-2 190 Omaha (Bellevue West) ****
Marquis Black DL 6-4 280 McDonough, Ga. (Eagle's Landing) ***
Alex Conn OT 6-6 280 Derby, Kansas ***
Turner Corcoran OT 6-6 280 Lawrence, Kan. (Free State) ****
Ronald Delancy III DB 5-11 190 Miami (Northwestern) ***
Henry Gray DB 6-0 175 Miami (Central) ****
Rodney Groce Jr. ILB 6-2 235 Pleasant Grove, Ala. ***
Blaise Gunnerson OLB 6-5 250 Carroll, Iowa (Kuemper) ***
Nash Hutmacher DT 6-5 305 Chamberlain, South Dakota ***
Tamon Lynum DB 6-2 170 Orlando, Fla. (Evans) ***
Sevion Morrison RB 6-0 200 Tulsa, Oklahoma (Edison) ***
William Nixon WR 5-11 185 Waco, Texas (Midway) ***
Marvin Scott III RB 5-9 205 Port Orange, Fla. (Spruce Creek) ***
Logan Smothers QB 6-2 180 Muscle Shoals, Ala. ****

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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