Announcing publicly

It's getting to be that time of the recruiting process; the time where lists for recruits get trimmed and commitment announcements are made. Some players just make a phone call and send out some texts. Some will announce on social media like Mohammed Seisay did last night. Others will have a chance on upcoming, nationally televised football games to make their choice.


Last night was a blast. I thought about how many thousands of people were watching Twitter, specifically Mohammed Seisay, when he went to make his announcement. Then, I had to think back and realize that this isn't a new thing.

Yes, to you this might have seemed new being on Twitter, linked to Facebook and then doing his own Q&A with the fans. It's not though. In fact, the first one that I can think of, that mattered from a covering Nebraska perspective, was the commitment of Ian Yates Cunningham.

Yes…you all remember. The player who literally had an update up on him every other day and it came down to Virginia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and some others. It was the first time that I watched a player commit over the Internet.

Back then, chats with experts were the big thing. A recruiting expert at the time was hosting chats so recruits could take questions about what they were looking for in a school, about their season, etc. and then they would finish it off with, "And now, I will be taking my talents to the University of…"

Well, we all know the story on Cunningham. He didn't end up at Nebraska. He went on to a fairly decent career at Virginia with a couple of letters. Getting back to my point, announcements are something that comes with this time of year and Nebraska fans have some to look forward to.

Obviously there was already the announcement of Mohammed Seisay last night which went in Nebraska's favor. Nebraska has a very good shot to pick up some of the others that I know about that will be announcing in coming weeks. The teams listed have either been stated by the player in stories or are my best guesses:

Semper Fidelis All-American Game, January 3rd, 5:00 CST
Jared Afalava, LB, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham – Nebraska or Washington

Avery Moss, DE, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol – Nebraska, Arizona, or Purdue

U.S. Army All-American Game, January 7th, Noon CST
Jordan Diggs, S, Fort Myers (Flor.) Bishop Verot – Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Michigan State

Signing Day, February 1st
Andrus Peat, OT, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol – Nebraska, Stanford, USC and Florida State

Devin Fuller, QB, Old Tappan (N.J.) – Nebraska, TCU, Rutgers and others

Also, Quanzell Lambert seems to have an idea that he will announce the first week in January from his high school, but doesn't have a date or a time set yet. There are some other players in the all-star games that may or may not decide to announce at their all-star game. If that happens though, I will update the list so you can keep track of it.



Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in Scout.com's SuperPrep Magazine.
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