When in doubt, go with what you know.
The Cornhuskers running backs were easily the most productive position in the 2010, so why mess with success?
Nebraska is hot on the tail of Palisades Charter High School’s Malcolm Creer.
A 5’11”, 200-pound back, Creer’s punishing style looks to be an ample substitute for recent transfer Dontrayevous Robinson.
“I am still hearing from quite a few schools,” Creer told MaxPreps.com. "Right now the only school to offer is Idaho State.”
The prospect also has offers from Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, WSU, SMU, Colorado, Houston and Cal Poly.
Currently, the depth chart for 2011 is unquestionably talented with the returning Rex Burkhead, Braylon Heard and verbal commitment Aaron Green.
While Heard and Green are exceptional athletes, they don’t yet have the mass of Burkhead. Heard will very likely put on mass in the coming year or so, but Green will likely remain a lighter, speedier back.
On an interesting note, it appears that Holiday Bowl opponent Washington is also in the battle for Creer.
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian visited with Creer last night which apparently put them at the top of his list.
Nebraska defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders also decided to pay Creer a visit.
“Washington was alone at the top for me, but after tonight they are both tied at the top,” Creer told MaxPreps. “Definitely the school that offers first will have an advantage.”
The Cornhuskers backfield will require as many talented bodies as possible to take the load off of Burkhead while the newest offensive weapons learn their trade.
If they can secure the commitment of the California running back, Nebraska will have yet another opportunity to refine a bruiser for those difficult short-yardage and goal-line situations.
Will Nebraska knock off Washington in the battle for the big back?
Creer will be making his first official visit to Lincoln on January 21st, and gave both schools plenty of notice on how they may want to handle his recruitment.
“Definitely the school that offers first will have an advantage.”
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