Oregon 4-Star DE Staying in Frequent Contact with Husker Coaches
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Oregon 4-Star DE Staying in Frequent Contact with Husker Coaches

May 09, 2020

The Huskers need at least two defensive ends in the 2021 recruiting class after only signing one true defensive end during the 2020 recruiting cycle. The search has gone from one coast to the other as Nebraska continues to try and build depth for defensive line coach Tony Tuioti’s group. One of the top defensive ends out west this cycle is 4-star (HV Rating: 90.6) Nathan Rawlins-Kibonge‍. 

The defender has been keeping busy trying to get his workouts in at home. He considers himself self-motivated so continuing to work hasn't been a problem. The Huskers are in contact with Rawlins-Kibonge almost daily during the shutdown. He’s hearing the most from Tuioti and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Those relationships are going well so far. 

“Me and Coach Tuioti don't talk as much as me and Coach Chinander do at this point,” Rawlins-Kibonge said. “Me and Coach Chinander probably talk every other day.”

One fun twist in his recruitment is that he’s a very good basketball player. He was previously committed to Washington State to play basketball. He’s leaning toward playing football in college though. Teams really like his length, aggressiveness and potential at the next level. He’s hearing from Arizona State, Nebraska, Cal, Colorado, Indian and USC the most right now. He actually got so busy fielding phone calls from colleges that he has to turn his phone off on the weekends. 

Once things open back up and visits are allowed again, he isn’t sure where he will go. Surely he will check out his top eight schools which is he plans to drop soon. His timeline hasn’t been changed by the current response to COVID-19. He always planned to announce a college choice in December with a hat ceremony. Still, he knows the criteria he has for selecting a school. 

“Just coaches that are going to be there,” Rawlins-Kibonge said. “Coaches that don't seem like they're leaving. Honest people, they're not going to lie to me and just tell me I'm great. Just a good program, a program wants to get kids to the NFL, wants to win rings and championships.

“Just wants to bring out the best in me so those are probably the main things I look for.”


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