Huskers host talented LB

The Huskers didn't have a practice to show Jaleel Laguins the new defense that will be run under Mike Riley. The practice might have impressed Laguins had there been one, but beating the other things he saw would have been tough.

Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County linebacker Jaleel Laguins took a trip to Nebraska this weekend with teammate Zeb Noland. Laguins got there on Friday night and wasn't sure what to expect. What's more, he really didn't know what to think about the Huskers when he got the offer.

"I didn't know what to think to be honest," Laguins said about the Nebraska offer. "I get there and I see all of their facilities. I mean they have a sports science lab. I couldn't believe it.

"If Nebraska had some more top recruits with their facilities they would be the next Alabama. If they got the top 11 players in the state of Georgia and then the top 11 guys in Texas or California they could go far. Their facilities are very nice."

The 6-foot-3 and 207-pound linebacker could be a player that figured into multiple spots on the Nebraska defense. While in Lincoln this past weekend there was a chance for the recruit to talk shop with the position coach at Nebraska about what they do and how to improve.

"Coach Trent Bray was there this weekend and we had some pretty good talks. We talked about technique, what they teach there and how I can improve myself. We watched some film and just talked about football."

There was a great opportunity to get an understanding for the fan support at Nebraska this past weekend. The Nebraska baseball team was hosting Texas and won the game on Friday going for a series win on Saturday. The game became a bit of a marathon, but Laguins took some solid points away from it all.

"We did go to the baseball game, but left early," Laguins said. "We were there for a while and left about the 12th inning. We went back to the hotel, hit the pool for a while and it was still on. It was a marathon.

"It was a little cool outside and it was still sold out. It got cold as the day went on. If the temperature would have stayed warmer the entire game most of the people would have stayed. Still, most of the crowd was there until the end. The fan support there is unreal."

Laguins has big-time offers. He's in the middle of the sun belt. An area that has some of the best collegiate football teams in the nation. So coming from that area could a school like Nebraska really reach deep into the Peach State and pluck out a player like Laguins?

"Like I said before I didn't know what to think about the offer from Nebraska when I got it," Laguins said. "I am in the middle of the SEC and just a few minutes down the road from Georgia. That doesn't matter though. This is all about business.

"For me, it comes down to how bad each school wants it. I want to go somewhere to play for a national championship and get my education. I think that I can do that at Nebraska."

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