There are few recruits Nebraska worked harder to convince to join the Huskers in 2013 than West Hills, Calif. running back Terrell Newby.
That hard work paid off when Newby gave his verbal commitment to Nebraska at a press conference at Chaminade High School on Wednesday. Wide receiver’s coach Rich Fisher was the lead recruiter for Newby who also had offers from Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Cal, Ole Miss, Washington, and Arkansas among others.
Here are the rankings for Newby from the three major recruiting services (stars, position rank):
Rivals: 4-star, 8 | Scout: 4-star, 17 | 247 Sports: 4-star, 23
Newby’s commitment marks the fourth time in the last five years that the Huskers have landed one of the nation’s top 10 running backs according to Rivals. In 2009, Rex Burkhead signed with Nebraska as the No. 9 running back in his class, Braylon Heard was ranked No. 5 in 2010, and Aaron Green was the No. 8-ranked running back in 2011 class.
Newby put up some eye-popping statistics in 2012. As a senior he rushed for 2,305 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per carry, and scoring 45 touchdowns. It was the second straight season where Newby topped the 2,000 yard mark.
He made national headlines in October by rushing for 360 yards and a school-record eight touchdowns on just 16 carries against Harvard-Westlake High School. (Highlights of that game below)
“It doesn’t get whole lot better than that,” Chaminade coach Ed Croson told the Los Angeles Daily News after the game. “Newby is fast.”
That’s certainly what jumps off the screen about Newby. He should provide a nice complement to the other back in Nebraska’s class, Adam Taylor of Katy, Texas.
Taylor put up some pretty impressive numbers of his own with 2,754 yards rushing, 8.3 yards per carry, and 44 touchdowns as a senior.
The future looks bright for Nebraska in the backfield.