Nebraska strengthened its 2014 defensive outlook Sunday by landing a pair of promising prospects. The Cornhuskers gained commitments from safety Chance Waz and tackle Terrell Clinksales, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
The duo declared their intentions to play for Nebraska after university athletic director Shawn Eichorst offered public support for sixth-year head coach Bo Pelini. The statements seemingly squash uncertainty about Pelini's job security and may provide a boost for the program on the recruiting trail.
Clinksales, a 6'4", 310-pound prospect, is extremely impressed by the Cornhuskers' leader. The 4-star recruit expressed those sentiments during a discussion with the Journal Star.
Coach Bo, he got a lot going against him. It kind of killed me with his situation, because he rides for his players, he’s got their backs 110 percent... This is a guy who wins 70 percent of his games. He is playing right now with a third-string walk-on quarterback. He’s playing with scout-team O-linemen. What else do you want from the man?
Clinksales, a sophomore at Dodge City Community College, is listed as the nation's No. 1 junior college defensive tackle and the sixth-best overall JUCO prospect in 247Sports composite rankings. He tallied 64 tackles, including 16 for loss, and 11 sacks this season, per Omaha.com.
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The interior disruptor spurned offers from several BCS powerhouses. Clinksales' collection of offers includes Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Miami and Oregon.
Waz, a 3-star prospect from Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, Texas), is also headed to Lincoln. The 5'10", 165-pound defensive back initially committed to Colorado in June but backed off that pledge last month.
He also holds offers from Utah, UTEP and Tulsa. Waz is high school teammates with Trai Mosley, a cornerback who committed to Nebraska in June.
Waz and Clinksales give Nebraska 17 committed players in its 2014 recruiting class. The group is ranked 37th nationally and sixth in the Big Ten Conference by 247Sports.