Aaron Green was going to “shock the world.”
His teammate, San Antonio, Texas’ Madison High School running back Troy Williams, said as much a few days before his commitment to Nebraska.
The chase for Green had its twists and turns. The elite prospect from the Lone Star State kept rather silent for an extended period of time.
For Green, it came down to four schools: Nebraska, Texas, California and Florida State. The Texas Longhorns have already accepted a commitment from another prominent in-state running back, Malcolm Brown. The California Golden Bears have two running back commitments in Darren Ervin and Daniel Lasco. The Florida State Seminoles have Eric Beverly on their commitment list.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers, however, have no running back commitments. They do have a large number of offensive lineman prospects for such a back to develop behind. Nebraska coaches Tim Beck and Ron Brown aided in the recruitment of Green, showing a strong desire for the Cornhuskers to feature his talent in the redesigned Big 10 next year.
With over 27 offers to his name, Aaron Green had the attention any school worth it's salt. In the end, Bo Pelini is the one smiling.
Green isn’t the only reason that Cornhusker fans should be celebrating recent recruiting news. Just yesterday, Weston, Massachusetts wide receiver Taariq Allen defected from the Connecticut Huskies and committed to Nebraska.
Since recruiting records began being kept in large volume in 1996, Allen would be only the second player from Massachusetts to play for the Cornhuskers should he sign his letter of intent in February. The other was fullback Grant Miller from Peabody, Massachusetts, who signed in 2002.
Allen’s 6’3”, 190-pound frame gives Nebraska another big-bodied receiver much like current Cornhusker Brandon Kinnie. This should not only provide excellent mismatches between smaller defenders, but should also allow for excellent down-field run support.
Commitments No. 14 and 15 for Nebraska are excellent additions to the Cornhuskers’ long-term plans. It should be exciting to see what elite prospects come aboard the Nebraska bandwagon from here until Signing Day.
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