Nebraska Recruiting: Cornhuskers Looking for Dynamic Linebacker Duo's Pledges

Brandon CavanaughCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2011

In the game of football, speed kills.

Especially when you’re a linebacker.

With the success of Lavonte David, Nebraska appears to be headed in the direction of well-built, speedy athletes behind the defensive line.

Two prospects out of Miami, Florida will be visiting Nebraska within the week and fit that mold perfectly.

Keeon Virgile will be visiting Nebraska starting this Friday, January 21. He has quite a bit of interest in North Carolina, but the Cornhuskers look to get the last word in following a trip to Western Michigan last weekend.

Virgile has offers from the aforementioned programs, Ole Miss, South Florida, Texas Tech, Central Florida and several others.

He is ranked No. 25 in "Dade County’s Top 55 Prospects for 2011" by

The second Floridian prospect is Arrington Jenkins. A common worry amongst Cornhusker fans is that recruits, especially those from warmer climates, aren’t going to be keen on a typical Nebraskan winter.

That doesn’t appear to be the case with Jenkins.

He just returned from an official visit to the University of Minnesota, saying: “I love the cold weather. It was [10 below zero] and I was loving it. That cold weather fits my style, the way I dress and my personality. It felt awesome,” he told ESPN.

A 6’2”, 225-pound prospect, Jenkins will be visiting Nebraska starting this Sunday, January 23.

Following the trip to Lincoln, he will be visiting West Virginia on January 28 and plans to make his decision on National Signing Day (February 2).

Nebraska running backs coach Tim Beck is the lead recruiter for Virgile, while defensive coordinator Carl Pelini will be spearheading the effort for Jenkins.

This should be encouraging news for Nebraska fans, as Beck helped to secure running back Aaron Green, offensive lineman Tyler Moore and quarterback Jamal Turner—all are ranked as 4-star prospects by and played in postseason all-star games.

Carl Pelini, head coach Bo Pelini’s older brother, secured the commitment of Daimion Stafford, a 4-star defensive back out of California. He will be battling heavy interest in Florida State for Jenkins’ commitment.

Should the Cornhuskers secure the commitments of Virgile and Jenkins, Nebraska will have two freshman that have the talent to tear up the new Big Ten following a redshirt year.

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