Weather reports were all about Columbia, Mo. on Thursday evening. A Tsunami was coming to town. Roads closed, businesses shut their doors and police were alerted, but the Huskers and Tigers would play.
And play they did.
All this did not stop former Oklahoma State commit Chase Rome (four-star recruit, DE 6'5", 290 lbs.) from visiting Columbia to watch a football game. No, he wasn't on an official visit to Missouri, he came to see if he had made the right decision.
The second guessing had started a few weeks ago for Chase. He visited Memorial Stadium's 300th consecutive sell out in a 55-0 beat down of the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns. Something a defensive player always likes to see.
So he came, in the rain, in the Tsunami that hit Columbia, Mo., to see if he had made the right choice in committing to that team in Stillwater, Okla.
Then it hit. No, not the Tsunami—the SUHnami. The All-American defensive tackle had a day that Husker fans had come to expect from him, but cause uneasiness upon thinking about his leaving next season.
The 6'4" 300+ pounder had a myriad of tackles, a sack. and an interception.
The athletic Rome saw the SUHnami that hit the vaunted Tiger offense. Ndamukong Suh disrupted many more plays than he got credit for. Not to mention the outstanding play of Barry Turner and Pierre Allen.
Rome saw it, and knew he had to have it. The next day, the defensive end decommitted from Oklahoma State and called Nebraska assistant coach John Papuchis to commit to Nebraska.
It is fitting that Chase Rome chooses Nebraska this way. After all, a former decommit from Nebraska got his bell rung the entire game by the Husker defensive line.
So in the apparent turning point not only of the Husker season, but maybe the program, so does the recruiting take a turn. And a player decommits from one team and goes to another. No, not Nebraska to Missouri this time, but thanks to Missouri that's what happened.
The win didn't only give Nebraska a recruit for 2010, but convinced another future Husker to trigger a commitment for 2011.
His name is Tyler Moore. An athletic offensive tackle from the state of Florida. And the future five-star recruit shunned offers from teams like the Florida Gators and the Oklahoma Sooners to come and be a part of a resurgent program in Nebraska.
"That's when I made my final decision. I saw it (the game) and I just knew I wanted to play for coaches like that," said Moore.
He watched the Nebraska game on Thursday night and decided that's where he wanted to be. That's how great teams get recruits.
While it does help that Tyler's family line extends from his father, Brian Moore, who walked onto the Nebraska program in his college years, and the cousin of former Husker defensive end Jay Moore.
But it took the win to get the commit.
To anyone who says big games don't bring big recruits, I direct your attention to the above. Because you are wrong.
It is said that time heals all wounds, but in football winning cures most. And Nebraska has seen the benefits this weekend in full view.
So keep it going Suh, if you keep playing like you do you may be a reason for pulling in some of the best recruits in the nation. Because all high school kids want a coach that can turn them into first-round draft picks.
The future looks bright, and if the Huskers can continue to pull recruits like this away from the likes of teams like Florida and Oklahoma, they may be back on top in just a few years.
First two big recruits, then three, then four. Winning yields recruits, not the other way around.