Nebraska fans have been impressed with Mike Riley and his efforts on the recruiting trail leading up to the quiet period. One of the last uncommitted players Riley and his staff met with was Dedrick Young from Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial.
Young was a huge target for the Huskers. Nebraska had to upgrade their team speed on defense particularly at the second level. Young brings that to the table. If Young had been working out for the NFL combine last year he would have has two, top 10 finishes based on his Nike SPARQ testing numbers (4.58/40-yard and 4.25/shuttle).
Young chose the Huskers this morning over offers from schools such as Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Michigan State, Washington and Oregon State. Young took an official visit to Nebraska back in September. He says that football did matter in his decision, but academics were incredibly important.
"The academics part was what I really looked for in my decision," Young said. "Nebraska felt like home to me. I really loved the environment there."
Young has spoken with the new linebackers coach for Nebraska, Trent Bray, about how the Huskers will use Young on the field. Young liked what Bray had to say last week about where he fit on the field.
"Coach Bray thinks that I am a good fit for his defense outside. He likes my speed and liked the fact that I can go sideline to sideline. He thinks that I can come in and compete right away."
Young was being recruited by another staff at Nebraska. He didn't evaluate the coaches as a big part of his decision. One perk that will be at Nebraska though when it comes to the people are the commits. Dedrick has been talking to one recently.
"I have been talking to Avery Anderson a little bit," Young said. "He had a feeling that I was going to commit to Nebraska, but I didn't tell him anything. I think that it's going to help knowing that I am going to know someone there at Nebraska when I go there."