The right fit

Nebraska picked up the 20th member of the 2014 class when Jariah Tolbert from New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr committed earlier today. The Huskers have pegged Tolbert to play the X in their offense and he likes the fit for himself because of his style and how the Nebraska offense uses their wide receivers.

New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr wide receiver Jariah Tolbert is a Husker. The process moved quickly for Tolbert and Nebraska once the offer was extended, only taking a couple of days to accept.

"I got the offer from Nebraska a couple of days ago," Tolbert said. "I had been doing a lot of research about Nebraska, their offense, their depth chart and if they liked to throw the long ball. I liked that they went deep and liked the production by their wide receivers.

"Jaevon Walton is committed to Nebraska too and I had been talking to him about it. He told me that it was a real good environment there for me to get an education and play football. I am taking my official visit there on the 24th to see it."

Nebraska wide receiver Quincy Enunwa will be graduating and after a 12 touchdown senior season, it leaves a big hole in the Nebraska offense. The X spot requires a bigger bodied, but athletic wide receiver that can do things underneath, across the middle and deep downfield which appeals to Tolbert.

"They like me on the outside at the X spot. They said that they like the way that I can get downfield, run the dig routes and come across the middle as well. They were looking for a bigger, physical receiver.

"I am 6-foot-4 and 190-pounds right now. I am really focused on gaining weight. I think that I can get to that 220-pound area. I am working towards doing that right now with a lot of Olympic weight training doing a lot of cleans and presses."

Tolbert is flying way under the radar, but interest had been picking up. The Nebraska offer was actually No. 4 four him and he had some other schools taking a late look as well. "I had an offer from Utah, Kent State and also from Tulane," Tolbert said. "I had some other schools looking at me too."

While Tolbert is set to see Nebraska in two weeks another Edna Karr team mate will be in Nebraska next weekend. Fellow wide receiver Glenn Irons picked up a Nebraska offer a couple of weeks ago and Tolbert plans to start encouraging him to head to Lincoln with the committed duo.

"I don't know what Glenn is going to do. I know that I am going to start talking to him about going up to Nebraska so we can get all three of us up there."


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