Huskers pick up big-time CB

When Bo Pelini was the interim head coach at Nebraska in 2003, there were at least three recruits from Tallahassee (Flor.) Lincoln that he was in on. In the end, Danny Muy from Lincoln made his way north and Bo Pelini left Nebraska. With Bo back as the head coach it seems that the connection from Lincoln, Nebr. to Lincoln High School is starting to open up again with commitment #10.

It's a little odd to get a commitment from outside the state of Texas for Nebraska, but its good news to Nebraska and Nebraska fans that the doors still seem open to an important high school in Florida. Nebraska received commitment #10 from DeAndre Byrd earlier today.

Byrd, a 5-foot-10 and 170-pound cornerback from Tallahassee (Flor.) Lincoln, decided to call Nebraska today to commit along with one of his assistant coaches. Needless to say, Nebraska was excited about his decision.

"Yes, sir. I committed earlier today," Byrd said. "I called Nebraska about 10:00 or 10:15 this morning with assistant coach T.C. We called Bo Pelini directly to commit.

"I told him that I wanted to commit and he was very happy. He said that he was happy to get a commitment from Florida and the first cornerback in the class. I am really excited."

Byrd was holding over 20 offers including offers from such schools as Colorado, South Carolina, Michigan State, Arkansas, Illinois and others.

"There were a lot more that offered me, but I grew up watching Nebraska in the 90s. I really feel like they are on their way back up again.

"I also like their coaches and how they treat me. They treat me like mine do here at Lincoln, like family. I also wanted to get a commitment out of the way before the season."

Byrd indicated that fellow Lincoln team mates Shauntez Bruce and Jawanza Starling were also holding Nebraska offers. Byrd didn't know how serious either was about Nebraska.

As for Nebraska, they seem to have received a very good lock down corner that plays a physical game in the defensive secondary.

"I had four interceptions last year with three of them coming in one game. That tied a school record. I also had nine pass break ups and 46 tackles. I am not sure what my honors were."

Byrd said that he hasn't set up an official visit date yet for Nebraska or if an official visit date would even come before an attempt to see Nebraska before the season. "I would like to get out there in the next couple of weeks before the season."

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