Gladney is commit No. 9 for Nebraska

Nebraska fans are giddy about the 2012-13 class so far and it only keeps getting better. After starting out the class with six commitments on the defensive side of the ball Nebraska has landed the last three on offense with the latest being Kevin Gladney at the wide receiver position. What made him want to be a Husker?

Kevin Gladney from Akron (Ohio) Firestone is the newest Nebraska Cornhusker commitment in the 2012-13 class. The 6-foot-2 and 185-pound Gladney was on an unofficial visit today in Lincoln and said that Nebraska had the perfect campus in comparison to the other schools he's already seen.

"Yes, I committed to Nebraska," Gladney said. "I texted you right after I did it. It was only like 30 minutes ago. I have been to see Michigan State and Iowa before Nebraska and Nebraska is just unbelievable. I honestly believe that there is no better campus out there."

More than just the campus Gladney says that the decision to commit to Nebraska while on his unofficial visit was about the overall fit. There was also a connection that he felt with Coach Bo Pelini. A connection that he chose to have some fun with.

"Nebraska just fits me. It's what I am looking for in a campus. It's all so close together. The doctors, nutritionist, coaches, weight room, locker room and everything else is all right there at the stadium.

"I got a chance to sit down with Coach Bo towards the end of my visit and I asked my family to leave us alone. I was just looking at him in the eye and I began to thank him for Nebraska's interest in me. It was like I wasn't going to commit. You should have seen his face.

"I kept going with it too. I told him that Nebraska was a good school and had a nice campus and everything. I then told him that I want to be a Cornhusker. He sat there looking at me and I told him that I was committing to him. He jumped up and gave me a big hug."

When you watch Gladney you see a receiver with good size, but you also see player that is quick enough to do things from the slot position with fearlessness about him when it comes to coming across the middle. It's not a surprise that Nebraska likes him at both wide receiver spots.

"Coach Rich Fisher and myself sat down and he broke it all down to me. Nebraska likes me at both the "X" and "Z" spots. I told him that I want to win national championships and I always go 100%. I think that the no huddle will be an adjustment, but pretty soon it will be second nature to play in that type of offense with no huddle and all hand signals."

Gladney is the fourth commitment from the state of Ohio and acknowledges the fact that he has communicated with other Nebraska commitments prior to committing who are also from Ohio. Gladney says that it's big to him that players from the same area see Nebraska as the right fit.

"It's really important to me that Nebraska has three other players from Ohio in the class so far. We are all 14 hours from home or so and having those guys with me from the same area will be big when it comes to being that far away."

Gladney is considered a three-star recruit by and is listed as the No. 81 receiver in the nation. Bill Greene of considers Gladney the No. 23 player in the state of Ohio after a strong junior year. Gladney hauled in 48 receptions for 768 yards, averaging 16 yards per catch, and scored 12 touchdowns last season.

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