Speedy Linebacker Recruit Talks Nebraska

Whether you're looking to bring a defense back to dominance, or you're just trying to maintain a dominant status quo, a solid linebacking corps goes a long way into making that happen. Nebraska had a solid haul this past recruiting season and looking to do so again. One such prospect has been identified on Nebraska's wish list and we caught up with him to get his thoughts on the Big Red.

Akeem Hebron is the type of linebacker that many colleges clamor for.  He's got the size, speed and ability to make plays and disrupt an offense like few available prospects can.  He stands 6' 2" and weighs in at 200 pounds while scorching the Earth's surface with a 4.4 40 yard dash.  He benches 280 pounds, squats 440 pounds and power cleans 282 pounds.  He completed his junior campaign with 110 tackles, 11 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles while being named to local All-League, All-State, All-Metro, All-Conference and All-County teams.

Hebron currently has offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Michigan, MSU, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, Kansas, UCONN, Syracuse, Nebraska and Penn State amongst others and claims a slight edge for LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.  He will be participating in the Nike Camp at Penn State University along with a regional combine at Giants Stadium.  He cites his strengths as his speed and his ability to be around the ball on every play.

Akeem didn't really have a particular favorite school growing up, but he was a fan of the local college due to some family connections.  "I kind of liked Maryland a lot because my cousin (Leroy Ambush) played linebacker for them," said Hebron.  The Terrapins ponied up with an offer for Hebron along with several others, obviously and the offers just keep rolling in for the highly touted defensive prospect. 

Another school that has shown quite a bit of interest in Hebron is the University of Nebraska.  While the interest has been recent, it has been picking up a bit.  "They recently sent mail.  I just got the offer and I called the coach to say thanks for the offer.  I'm supposed to be calling back on Monday," said Hebron.  Akeem mentions that he is quite interested in the defensive tradition that Nebraska has upheld over the years.  "What I like most about them is the Blackshirts.  I like that a lot and how their fans support their defense.  They have a pretty good program up there," he said. 

Hebron is starting to plan out a few unofficial visits which might eventually spawn the coveted official title later on in the year, so what are some big credentials that would get a school a trip?  "I kind of want to play early; I don't want to wait until my senior year to start.  Right now, I'm thinking of majoring in psychology," he said.  Hebron mentioned that distance isn't a factor and right now, he's a little hesitant about playing in cold weather such as in Michigan, though he did say that he could change his mind after a visit to a place like that.

Akeem definitely wants to visit Michigan and Nebraska as he will try to make it to the Cornhuskers' Spring Game this next weekend.  In two weeks, he will visit the LSU Tigers and mentions that he's got quite a full agenda after that point as well.  We'll continue to keep up with Akeem as he continues the recruiting process and goes on to his senior season.

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