Nebraska lands Under Armour All-American safety
Nebraska saved its best for last.
A day before National Signing Day, the Huskers landed their top remaining target.
Four-star athlete Lamar Jackson announced his commitment to Nebraska in a Bleacher Report video on Tuesday, making him the team’s top-rated 2016 recruit. He turned down the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and USC to join the Huskers.
The Under Armour All-American is the fifth-rated athlete and the 81st-rated player overall according to the 247sports 2016 rankings. His commitment moved Nebraska from the No. 28 class to the No. 24 class in the 247sports team rankings.
A Northern California native, Jackson got to take in the Huskers’ Foster Farms Bowl practice in December. He was also on hand when the Huskers dealt eventual B1G Champs Michigan State their only regular season loss.
Given Jackson’s 6-3, 205-pound frame, he could be a candidate to play sooner rather than later in Lincoln. Nebraska could use some playmakers in the secondary after finishing 121st against the pass in 2015.
From looking at the tape, it’s no wonder Jackson is considered one of the top athletes in the 2016 class:
Nebraska’s next order of business will now shift to four-star safety Isaiah Simmons, who is expected to decide between the Huskers, Clemson and Michigan later on Tuesday afternoon.