The Huskers are on the board with their first defensive line commitment of the 2021 recruiting class.
California 3-star defensive lineman Jailen Weaver committed to Nebraska on Saturday night. He gives the Huskers their first defensive line commitment of the cycle. Weaver (6-8, 280) made his announcement on Twitter with a Halloween-themed edit.
— Jailen Weaver (@JailenWeaver) November 1, 2020
The California defender picked the Huskers over his other two finalists of Indiana and Tennessee. The interesting wrinkle in Weaver’s recruitment is that he’s in a similar boat to many in this class. He was unable to visit any of his final three schools due to COVID-19. Weaver had to rely on the relationships he built with Nebraska’s staff. His lead recruiter was defensive line coach Tony Tuioti.
Boom! Another great defensive player for the Blackshirts!!!!! pic.twitter.com/4uy6B4E16q
— Ryan Held (@CoachRHeld) November 1, 2020
California isn’t playing high school football this fall in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ll instead play football in the spring. Still, Weaver was a hot commodity out west. He finished with 67 tackles, including 12 for loss and nine sacks in 10 games for Antioch High School as a Junior. He earned honorable mention All-Metro designation by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Weaver is he 20th known commitment for the Huskers in the 2021 recruiting class. Nebraska is likely to take one or two more defensive linemen in this cycle.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.