Commitment Capsule: Mikale Wilbon

Nebraska went into Chicago and came out with one of the best backs in the state of Illinois, Chicago De La Salle's Mikale Wilbon, who Scout has had a chance to see several times. Here is a breakdown of his recruitment and abilities.

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Mikale Wilbon profile

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Running Back
Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle

His Recruiting Story:
When we first met Wilbon, he had transferred from Quincy High School to De La Salle where he rushed for 1,634 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore. That drew him early interest from Wisconsin, Michigan, Kansas, Illinois and others. In July before his junior season, he was offered by Purdue, his first offer of the process. The offers would continue as Iowa came in September, and soon programs from around the country like Arizona State and Mississippi State would come. Wilbon got off to a huge start his junior year, but injuries kept him out of a few games that year. In the spring following his junior season, he committed to Vanderbilt. He remained committed until Commodores head coach James Franklin left for Penn State. After re-opening his recruitment, Wilbon visited Nebraska officially and following an in-home with head coach Bo Pelini, he committed to the Cornhuskers.

Where We've Seen Him: Michigan State camp (2012), vs. Chicago Mt. Carmel (2012), NFTC (2013), vs. Chicago Phillips (2013), Highlight Films (2011, 2012, 2013)

Scouting Report:
Wilbon is built like a running back. He's compact, has a low center of gravity and has a college ready build. He runs tough. He does not go down easily and fights for additional yardage. He is generally more of a one-cut and go type back. He has not timed well in 40's, but has a good burst and has shown he can break long runs in his high school career. He breaks tackles because of his build and how hard he runs but he's not necessarily a make you miss in space back. He does catch the ball very well out of the backfield and will be great in the passing game in college.

Coach's Comments:
"He has everything you're looking for. Not only can he cut and move, but he's as strong as an ox. He's not just running around everybody, but he'll run through you. He's very very strong. He's the most solid 195-lbs I think I've ever seen. He's all muscle. People say that to exaggerate that someone doesn't have an ounce of fat on them, and he's as close to that as I've ever seen. He's very very strong."
-- De La Salle head coach Dan O'Keefe

Wilbon is a good fit for Nebraska. While he is not a tall or "big" back, he runs hard, runs tough, and is a Big Ten style back. Not to mention, the Huskers do throw the ball to their backs and he can definitely contribute in that department. They did a great job of getting in on him late and securing his commitment.

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