Nebraska added a prospect to its 2014 recruiting class on Monday. Defensive back Joshua Kalu of Alief Taylor HS in Houston, Texas verbally committed to the Huskers, becoming the 13th player to pledge to Nebraska.
His ratings from the various recruiting services (stars, national position rank):
A safety in high school, Kalu told Rivals that his discussions with Nebraska have been mostly about the nickel back position. He also had offers from Colorado, Wake Forest, Houston, Washington State, and Duke among others.
No matter what position Kalu ends up at, his commitment is one of note for the Huskers. Nebraska needs to build secondary depth in this class. The Huskers will lose Ciante Evans, Stanley Jean Baptiste and Mohammed Seisay after this season.
Quacks Like A Duck
Nebraska and Oregon announced a deal to play two games in 2016 and 2017 yesterday to what seemed like general excitement from Husker fans. The Ducks are still the “cool” team in college football — the offense, the uniforms — and there’s that whole Scott Frost connection too.
But will Frost still be there three seasons from now? Will Oregon still be Oregon? I’d bet against the former proposition and with the latter because, as the New York Times wrote this week, the Ducks have the machine running pretty smoothly at this point.
No Chip Kelly, no problem. With Frost calling the plays, Oregon currently ranks second nationally in total offense (630.4 ypg), third in rushing offense (335.8 ypg), and second in scoring offense (59.2 ppg).
After Oregon dispatched Washington on Saturday, Helfrich stood in a cramped corridor as a reporter asked him to describe what it was like for Frost to take over the play-calling from Kelly. “It would be like you taking over for Shakespeare,” Helfrich quipped.
Everyone laughed, but Helfrich had a point.
Soon afterward, Frost walked out of the locker room and into the late-afternoon sunshine. The Oregon band continued to play. Frost is all of 38, and he still looks like a quarterback, with broad shoulders and close-cropped hair. He praised Kelly and Mariota and Helfrich. He made Saturday’s performance sound like the usual, nothing more, even though Thomas did not play and receiver Josh Huff missed part of the first half with a leg injury.
“We did well when we needed to,” Frost said. “We can clean some stuff up.”
I’m not sure how many sports writers aspire to Shakespearean heights, but point taken. And if Frost continues to live up to that impossibly high standard, he won’t be in Eugene for long.
The Grab Bag
Jay Foreman offers his post-Purdue breakdown. … Tom Dienhart offers his mid-season All-Big Ten picks at BTN.com. … Mitch Sherman of ESPN writes that Abdullah and Gregory are the Huskers’ mid-season MVPs. … Arkansas AD Jeff Long will chair the Playoff selection committee. … Nebraska is up to No. 25 in CBSSports.com’s ranking of every team in college football. … Wyoming continues to do weird things with its uniform.