High School: De La Salle Institute (IL)
With Ameer Abdullah looking to put up Heisman like numbers, any true freshman running back was going to redshirt – this included Wilbon.
Wilbon was named the Scout team MVP last season.
Abdullah might be gone, but Nebraska’s backfield is still loaded, meaning the redshirt freshman is going to have to put some major work in this fall to be a factor.
Wilbon did receive six carries in the spring game, busing off a 36-yarder to rush for 42-yards on the day.
"You have freshman that are faster than seniors, freshman who are stronger than seniors. You can have a freshman who understands it better than a senior, so I don’t think you should look at just age and say this guy should be playing. You have to really look at the individual and the skill set.”
BRR projection: Judging by what we saw in spring practices, it appears Wilbon will be a guy that gets carries, but the not the guy. We actually see three running backs registering more attempts than the former Illinois prep this season (Newby, Cross, Taylor).
How he ended up in Lincoln:
A few weeks later, Wilbon was officially visiting Nebraska. A week after that, he was committing to Bo Pelini and crew when the head coach was in his living room for an in-home visit.
Wilbon was a three-star recruit and rated the nation’s No. 40 running back in 2014. His offer list was an impressive one, including scholarship nods from Iowa, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, etc.