2015 Husker profile: Devine Ozigbo

With a unique skill-set, will Nebraska true freshman running back Devine Ozigbo make an impact in 2015?

Devine Ozigbo

Position: RB

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 225-pounds

High School: Sachse HS (TX)

Year: True Freshman

2014 review:
The Texas prep ran for 795 yards on 139 carries in pass-happy offense, finding the end zone 15 times on the ground. In addition, he was a threat out of the backfield, catching 22 balls out of for 415 yards and four scores.

His play earned him first-team All-District 11 honors in the Class 5A ranks.

2015 preview:
Nebraska loses it’s leading rusher from the past two seasons, but has a group of running backs to turn in: Terrell Newby, Imani Cross, Adam Taylor, Mikale Wilbon and even walk-on Graham Nabity.

While Ozigbo already might be the most polished pass catcher of the bunch out of the backfield, it’s likely Nebraska sits the three-star prospect and uses him on scout team.

BRR projection: While Nebraska currently might have a full stable of backs, to the Huskers must replace one of the most talented and well-liked runners in Nebraska history. For that reason alone, the message to Ozigbo from Coach Mike Riley to come to Lincoln prepared is a great sign about how much the Nebraska staff thinks of his potential. The hidden value here for Nebraska is that Ozigbo wasn't over-used and run into the ground as a high school running back, as he played in a prolific passing offense. He had too much talent to not get the ball, but the Mustangs didn’t use him to his full potential. He’s likely headed to a redshirt year, but could factor in as a third-down back if he doesn’t sit out in 2015. He’s got the ability to catch the ball in passing down situations.

How he ended up in Lincoln: Ozigbo was committed to Iowa State when the Huskers got serious with him, but also had offers from Army, Boise State, Boston College, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Minnesota, Mississippi State, San Diego State, SMU, Syracuse, Tulsa, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. “When Nebraska comes, you got to look. You have to see what’s going on,” Ozigbo said.

The former Texas prep ran for over 2,500 yards in three seasons.

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