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Tony Fair's been verbally committed to Nebraska since July 19, but he's reopening his commitment as the signing period draws near. 

He announced that move on Twitter on Friday afternoon. 

The Pima (Arizona) Community College defensive tackle believes he has the grades to qualify to play next year, but it won't be happening at NU. 

Fair said he's on track to pass 23 credits this semester in good standing, more than what Husker coaches said he had to get done. But he also said he understands that NU doesn't believe it has the time to wait around and make sure. 

"Honestly, it was hell," Fair said of the heavy academic workload plus football responsibilities. "I was trying to make it happen because I knew I wanted to be there and I didn't want to be still down and out. I have big chances if I get the right workouts and stuff to get to the NFL. I'm tired of my family struggling.

"It's a business and they didn't have time to wait around for it." 

Fair, a South Bend, Indiana, native, began his collegiate career at Indiana State but missed significant time and even did a stint as a team manager before opting to try to restart his college career at Pima. There, he put up highly productive numbers as a 6-foot-3, 330-pound anchor in the middle of the defense. 

In recent days, though, Nebraska's been active in looking at interior defensive linemen. Reports from Oklahoma suggest that Oklahoma State senior Darrion Daniels, the older brother of NU's Damion Daniels, is going to graduate transfer to the Huskers. On Thursday, the Huskers offered 2019 defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao (Chandler, Arizona), the cousin of Husker defensive back target Noa Pola-Gates. 

"It's still 'Go Big Red' at the end of the day, but I just have to find a new home now," Fair said. 

Now Fair will try to link up with another school. 

"I would like to find somewhere that I'd love to be at, just like I would have loved to be at Nebraska," he said. "It's really late (in the process). … Now it's on me and I have to find something and make it happen. Hopefully somebody has a door still open for me." 

With Fair's departure, NU's recruiting class stands at 22 members. 

"Extremely dynamic" Barno visiting: Tim Schaffner is no stranger to sending linebackers to Nebraska. 

The Butler (Kansas) Community College head coach watched NU and inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud swoop in late and win a commitment from Will Honas last year. 

Now the Huskers are after outside linebacker Amare Barno, who is visiting Lincoln this weekend. 

"He is an extremely dynamic player who is just now starting to scratch the surface of the player that he can become," Schaffner said. "Like a lot of the guys who leave us, his best football is in front of him." 

Barno didn't have much profile when the fall began, but the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder picked up interest as he racked up 66 tackles (13 for loss) and 4.5 sacks for the Grizzlies. 

"He was a freshman on the team that (Honas) was on a year ago and he played behind three FBS linebackers, which is what we try to do here," Schaffner said. ... "This year he took their spots and was a great player and a great leader for us."

Barno is set to graduate this month and enroll at a four-year school in January. He will have three years to play two. 

"Just like (Honas), this all came on as a byproduct of hard work," Schaffner said. "At the beginning of the 2017 season, nobody knew who Will Honas was. At the beginning of the 2018 season, nobody knew who Amare was." 

Frost, Walters visit Chase: Head coach Scott Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters were in Washington to see wide receiver verbal commit Darien Chase on Friday morning. 

Chase, a 6-1, 185-pounder, just wrapped up an unbeaten season with Union High. 

In 14 games, Chase had 65 catches for 1,004 yards and 14 scores. He hauled in a 20-yard touchdown in the first half of Union's state championship game win and finished with five catches for 127 yards. 

Next up, he'll sign with the Huskers on Dec. 19. 

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars
Matthew Anderson OT 6-7 250 Leesville, La. ***
Bryce Benhart OT 6-9 305 Lakeville, Minn. (North) ****
Desmond Bland OL 6-4 300 Flossmoor, Ill. (Arizona Western C.C.) ****
Darien Chase WR 6-1 175 Vancouver, Wash. (Union) ****
Myles Farmer DB 6-3 180 Atlanta (Westlake) ***
Jamin Graham OLB 6-6 240 Attalla, Ala. (Etowah) ***
Jackson Hannah ILB 6-3 220 Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell) ****
Nick Henrich ILB 6-4 210 Omaha (Burke) ****
Chris Hickman TE 6-5 220 Omaha (Burke) ***
Rahmir Johnson RB 5-10 170 Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) ****
Michael Lynn OT 6-7 300 Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek) ***
Luke McCaffrey QB 6-3 185 Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian) ***
Dedrick Mills RB 5-10 227 Waycross, Ga. (Garden City C.C.) ***
Jamie Nance WR 6-0 170 Blanchard, Okla. ***
Garrett Nelson OLB 6-3 235 Scottsbluff ***
Mosai Newsom DE 6-5 260 Waverly, Iowa (Waverly-Shell Rock) ***
Quinton Newsome DB 6-2 180 Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) ***
Ethan Piper DL 6-4 275 Norfolk (Catholic) ***
Wandale Robinson RB 5-9 180 Frankfurt, Ky. (Western Hills) ****
Garrett Snodgrass ATH 6-3 225 York ***
Ronald Thompkins RB 6-0 203 Loganville, Ga. (Grayson) ***
Javin Wright DB 6-3 195 Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton) ***

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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