Huskers Add One and Lose One
In the waning hours before signing day, the Huskers saw Louisiana defensive back Tre'vell Dixon decommit from Nebraska (for a second time) as they added a commitment from Texas offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson. Of course, rumors of an 11th hour steal of five-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander may cause more buzz between now and tomorrow. Still these changes are worth some discussion.
Former NU head coach Bill Callahan doesn't get a lot of credit for having wisdom. There is one quote that rings to mind every time we see a kid who seems especially confused during the recruiting process. Callahan said famously after Josh Freeman defected to Kansas State, “It’s been my experience that guys you have to continue to work on, and have a high-maintenance (manner) about themselves — a lot of those guys struggle throughout their careers. Guys who know where they want to go and have an exactness about their decision, those are usually the guys who pan out. There’s no confusion. There’s no clutter in their minds.”
With that in mind, Husker fans can say "bon voyage" to Dixon as he heads to Arizona State. Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson made his only decision of the recruiting season when he picked the Huskers over Arkansas, Oklahoma, and a host of other schools.
Dixon may have gotten more love from the recruiting web sites, but give me the 6'6" 275 lbs. lineman over the 6' 180 lbs. defensive back recruit any day. The game is usually won or lost at the line of scrimmage and Nebraska is building a robust class of linemen on both sides of the ball to handle the physicality of Big Ten football.