The Nebraska recruiting class of 2013 just got a little bigger. Today, the Huskers received the commitment of Marcus Newby of Quince Orchard High School, Gaithersburg, Maryland. That's the same high school as current defensive end starter Jason Ankrah, and defensive coordinator John Papuchis.
This makes for the third Husker commitment to play at a high school alma mater as a Nebraska coach, along with Courtney Love and Marcus McWilson who play at Cardinal Mooney High School, the same school that Bo Pelini, Tim Beck, and Vince Marrow graduated from.
According to Husker Online, his family wanted him to stay on the East Coast, but that high school connection and comfort with the program played a big part in his decision to commit to Nebraska over home state Maryland, Oklahoma, and Big Ten rival Penn State.
Newby is a three-star and the 25th best linebacker according to Scout, and a four-star and the 18th best linebacker according to Rivals. Watching his video, it is easy to see why. Nebwy is fast and likes to hit. He can blow past the offensive line to make plays and the backfield, and run across the field to get the runner. Newby makes big plays and is a great pickup.
With Newby's commitment, Nebraska now has three linebackers in the 2013 class. Newby, Courtney Love of Ohio and Josh Banderas of Nebraska have all committed to Nebraska, giving the Huskers a deep and talented linebacker class.
This is crucial to the Huskers, as they do not have much depth at the linebacker position, as playing in the Big 12 did not require the Huskers to have many linebackers. The move to the Big Ten now requires the Huskers to get more linebackers to compete in the power run Big Ten.
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Newby's commitment places the Huskers as the 21st best class on both Scout and Rivals. That is good for fourth best in the Big Ten behind Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State on Scout, and fifth best on Rivals with Illinois barely above the Huskers.
This is down from a few weeks ago when the Huskers were 18th, but the rise and fall of recruitment rankings happens, and when a team like Washington lands seven recruits in one day, they are going to make a jump.
Newby's commitment is the first from the state of Maryland and the first from the East Coast. This brings the state totals to Ohio: four, Indiana: two, Nebraska: one, South Dakota: one, Wisconsin: one, Louisiana: one, Texas: one, and Maryland: one.
Nebraska's move to the Big Ten has certainly shifted the recruiting states for the Huskers. Only one recruit from the traditional Nebraska recruiting state of Texas, and seven recruits coming from Big Ten states, eight if you count Nebraska.
In terms of positions, Newby is the third linebacker. This brings the position totals to three linebackers, three safeties, two defensive linemen, one offensive lineman, one tight end, one receiver, and one long snapper. Nebraska's class is about half way full, and is shaping up to be a good one that fills the holes that Nebraska has at certain positions.