Huskers pick up Texas DT

With the evaluation period in full-swing, the Nebraska coaching staff have been busy. One of the players that Nebraska identified early in the process was overwhelmed by the Nebraska offer and attention that he was receiving. This player was close on Sunday to calling Head Coach Bo Pelini to say that he was committing, but today at athletics period he made that call to the Nebraska staff.

At LSU, Bo Pelini produced talent like Glenn Dorsey at the defensive tackle position. Thaddeus Randle of Galena Park (Texas) North Shore hopes that he can develop into a similar type of player as Dorsey.

"I am just really excited about the commitment," Randle said. "I just can't wait to get up there and be part of that program at Nebraska."

The commitment by Randle happened earlier in the day with his coach during his athletic period. His call was to the head coach and had a chance to talk to two assistants.

"I called Nebraska during my athletic period. That was at about 12:00 earlier today. I made the call to Bo Pelini."

There is no second-guessing this commitment by Randle. Randle said that it felt good to tell Nebraska that he wanted to be a Husker. It was obvious to him that the coaches were as excited about it as he was.

"It felt good committing. Coach Pelini said that he was jacked up about me. I got a chance to talk to Carl Pelini and Mike Ekeler was well.

"When I got a chance to talk to Coach Ekeler, he was even more jacked up about me committing than Coach Bo Pelini was."

The courtship between Randle and Nebraska is fairly short. The Huskers really picked up attention in the 6-foot-1 and 265-pound defensive tackle only about a week ago.

"Nebraska really started recruiting me about a week ago or so. It's pretty clear though that they were really serious about me."

It seems that Nebraska likes Randle to potentially play the NT position in Lincoln. Randle had an excellent season last year and came in as a second team choice in the district to a teammate that was a senior.

"I played the shade position or the one technique. I had about 80 tackles and six or seven sacks. I was second team all-district as a junior. The first team went to Chase McEntee."

Randle says that he is athletic, he claims a 4.9/40 time, and that his feet are the biggest strengths. At his height, Randle wins the battle of leverage and his quickness of the ball is a plus.

"My feet are my biggest strength. I have good leverage from the defensive tackle position. I am also quick off of the ball."

Randle becomes the third commitment for Nebraska and potentially the third on defense depending on which side of the ball Cole Pensick is asked to play. Shaun Bodtmann joined the class a week after the spring game.

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