After poaching a four-star running back from West Hills (Cali.) Chaminade College Prep in the 2013 recruiting class, could the Huskers be ready to land another in 2018?
On Sunday, despite having a double-digit offer list, 2018 four-star running back T.J. Pledger took in the Huskers’ satellite camp at Oaks high school in the Los Angeles area. Considered one of the top sophomore running backs in the country, Pledger has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Penn State and Oklahoma to name a few.
“The camp was great. I got a chance to work personally with Coach (Reggie) Davis. I had a good time. A lot of my friends were there. It was a good turnout,” said Pledger. “He said that I’m very explosive and that he likes it. He said he thinks I could be a home run threat guy. He wants me to work on running in and out of my routes and continue with the fundamentals. Those are what separate guys at the next level.”
The last time Nebraska landed a Chaminade College Prep player, it was four-star running back Terrell Newby, the Huskers’ leading ball carrier last season.
“I feel like they are close to offering. I think I had a good camp performance today and the coaches liked me,” said Pledger. “They wanted to see me live in action after seeing my film. We will see where it goes from here.
“He’s (Terrell) like a big bro to me. He obviously was at my school before I got there. I talked to him last night before working out today to let him know I was going to be at Nebraska’s camp.”
Pledger doesn’t have a trip to Nebraska scheduled at the moment, but says he would like to see the Huskers play this fall in-person.
“I’m most definitely interested in Nebraska - a big interest,” said Pledger. “They have a lot of momentum with guys in California. Nebraska wasn’t really a big school for guys out here, but with all those guys, Tristan (Gebbia) and Keyshawn (Johnson Jr.), guys want to see what the big hoopla is. A lot of those guys wouldn’t have come today if they didn’t know about the Calibraska movement.
“I think I’m done with camps for the summer. I’m going to visit Ohio State in July. I’m still working on dates for other stops. I definitely want to see Nebraska.”
According to MaxPreps.com, Pledger ran for 1,331 yards in 2015 on 191 carries. He found the end zone 26 times.