The Nebraska Cornhuskers received a verbal commitment from Donovan Vestal on Saturday as Vestal announced his college decision on the day of his birthday. Vestal is a defensive end from Arlington, Texas and is the first commitment in the 2010 class from the state of Texas.

Vestal said that he struck up a big relationship with coach Beck and coach Papuchis which played a big role in his commitment.

Vestal chose the Huskers over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Rice, SMU, and UTEP.

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Nebraska NewsGood afternoon Husker fans! I haven’t had a lot of time to blog this week but thought I would throw something up now before I leave for a weekend get away to Denver. All in all it has been a pretty good week for Husker athletics with the football camps going on, football commitments, the baseball draft and Tom Osborne staying on indefinitely as athletic director.

I’ll kick things off with the big news of Osborne saying on as athletic directory indefinitely.  Originally, the agreement between Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Osborne stated that Osborne would serve as athletic director until June, 2010. This is big news for Husker athletics as he has really got things going in the right direction. We will just have to remember at some point, Osborne will have to step away from the University and a successor will be hired. I expect that to happen in the next three to five years.

The football camp has been going on at the University with players from all around the country attending. The economic crisis has limited some players that would have normally attended but all reports I have read have been good about the camp. The Huskers even picked up their first commitment for the 2011 class as instate prospect Ryne Reeves from Crete gave his verbal commitment after being offered by the coaching staff. Reeves could be a great player for the Huskers in the future!

The Major League Draft has also been going on this week. Even though the Husker baseball team didnt’ have the season that they wanted, they have seen some players get drafted so far. So far Mike Nesseth (10th round - Angels), Jeff Tezak (24th round - White Sox) and Adam Bailey (38th round - Yankees) have been drafted.

I hope everyone has a good weekend and we hear more football recruiting news soon!

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Kenyon McNeaill verballs commits to NebraskaMens basketball coach Doc Sadler received some good news recently when 6-foot-1 point guard Kenyon McNeaill verbally committed to the University of Nebraska. McNeaill averaged 15 points, 3.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while helping guide Conway to a 24-4 record last season.

McNeaill said he was drawn to the Huskers because of their defensive play and the way they generate points off of turnovers. McNeaill called Lincoln and the team the perfect fit and no matter if a team like Memphis comes in with an offer he is staying with the Huskers.

It will be a while before we see McNeaill in a Husker uniform but lets hope he has a great senior season down in Arkansas and arrives on campus 100% healthy and ready to battle it out at the point guard position!

Welcome Kenyon!

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Tyler Gabbert NebraskaThe Nebraska coaching staff hosted quarterback Tyler Gabbert earlier in the week for an un-official visit and Gabbert has committed to the University of Nebraska! We have all heard the name Gabbert as it was just a few years ago when older brother Blaine Gabbert committed to the program before switching and signing with the  University of Missouri.

It be interesting to possibly see Blaine vs Tyler in a Big 12 game in the future?

Tyler will be part of the 2010 signing class and he will be trying to recruit other high school players in joining him in Lincoln. Let’s hope he can help the coaches out and get some more guys interested in Nebraska!

Welcome to the Big Red Family Tyler!

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Keeston Terry commits to NebraskaThe Nebraska coaching staff received a nice call Thursday evening as four star wide receiver Keeston Terry told them that he would like to be part of the Nebraska Football program and the University of Nebraska. With the verbal commitment of Terry, the Huskers now have three four star recruits according to Rivals.

Terry is from Blue Springs, Missouri and had offers from most of the Big12 North schools as well as Stanford and Wisconsin. He is currently 6’2 and weights in at 179. The Rivals 250 prospect is ranked as the number 35 wide receiver prospect in the country.
He had 50 catches for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008.

Welcome to the Big Red Family Mr. Terry!

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Greg Paulus chooses SyracuseThe idea of playing in his hometown and in front of his family was enough for Greg Paulus to choose Syracuse over Nebraska. This morning the former Duke point guard held a teleconference through the Duke this morning where he announced his decision.

“I had a great visit there,” Paulus said. “Nebraska is a place where there is so much tradition. There are great people there. I had a great visit with coach (Bo) Pelini and spent a lot of time with their guys and coach (Shawn) Watson, their offensive coordinator.

“(But) my heart and my gut told me that Syracuse, I felt, was the best place for me.”

Paulus will have a better shot at playing time for the Orange as they are down to two quarterbacks right now. He will be working on his advanced degree in broadcast journalism at the university.

We wish Mr. Paulus the best of luck at Syracuse!

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Paulus to Nebraska or SyracuseWe haven’t blogged a whole lot about the Greg Paulus situation here at Nebsports but tomorrow Mr. Paulus is expected to announce his decision. There is a 10 AM ET teleconference scheduled where Paulus is expected to pick between Syracuse or Nebraska.

I know some people are thinking why have Paulus here for one year since that is all the eligibility he has. However, the reason you take a kid like this is because it would probably allow both Latravis Washington and Cody Green to redshirt next year. I would rather have those guys on the roster for a extra year down the road and take Paulus to possibly be a backup then have to waste a year on Washington or Green.

In the end I don’t think we will even have to worry about it. I predict that Paulus will choose his hometown school and play for the Orange in the Carrier Dome.

Check back tomorrow and we will have a update up right when we hear what the decision is.

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Anterio Sloan commits to NebraskaCoach Marvin Sanders realed in a nice surprise on Saturday evening when 4-star cornerback Anterio Sloan verbally committed to the University of Nebraska. Sloan said everything just felt right after talking to Coach Sanders and they two connected very well. Sloan said that the pharmacy school at Nebraska also helped out as he chose the Huskers over offers from Kentucky and Texas A&M. He will be on campus April 18th for the Spring Game he told reporters.

Sloan is a 5’9 cornerback from West Helena, Arkansas. He made 50 tackles and intercepted five passes last year for West Helena Central, which finished 12-1 after losing in the Arkansas Class 5-A championship game.

Sloan joins Andrew Rodriguez  in the 2010 recruiting class. Both players are rated 4-stars by Rivals.

Welcome to the Big Red Family!

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Quincy Hankins NebraskaQuincy Hankins a 6’8 240 lb forward from Polk County Community College in Florida has accepted a basketball scholarship from Doc Sadler reports are saying this morning. Hankins averaged close to 16 points and 12 rebounds a game last year for Polk CC.

Other schools like Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall, South Florida, and South Carolina were also recruiting him.

The Huskers are also recruiting Hankins’s teammate Lance Jeter who is a 6’3 point guard. I found it interesting that Jeter used to be a wide receiver on the University of Cincinnati football team. He says he does have some “football weight” to lose but once that is gone he will be “unstoppable.”

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David Oku enrolls at Lincoln EastWow, talk about a shocking development in Lincoln today as rumors begin spreading around that senior high school running back David Oku from Oklahoma has enrolled into school at Lincoln East. It had been rumored before that he was dating a girl that he met on his recruiting trip to Nebraska but nothing was for certain. Now it appears that it is indeed true and he has enrolled into school at Lincoln East.

Oku had eliminated the Huskers earlier in his recruitment but who knows where the Huskers stand now. We know that the Huskers are short on scholarships as it stands and they have already got a commitment from running back Rex Burkhead. Would Pelini and staff make room for Oku if he wanted to sign with the Huskers?

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