Nebraska Lose Defensive Tackle, Add Defensive Back
While hardly an even swap, Nebraska lost the commitment a four-star defensive tackle prospect but added a defensive back commitment to the fold. The disparity may be in the eye of the beholder.
A four-star defensive tackle (even a junior college player like Dodge City’s Terrell Clinkscales) is a rare and special find for any recruiting class. A three-star defensive back like Jacksonville’s Chris Jones isn’t quite so rare a find, though at 6 feet you have to like the length for a secondary player.
The decommitment by Clinkscales suggests that the Huskers had perhaps cooled on the prospect. It sounds as though he’s in danger of failing to qualify academically. So while his name might appear encouraging to fans that follow recruiting, if he’s not likely to be accepted to a four-year college than he shouldn’t be taking up a roster spot for someone that might actually contribute.
NU’s addition of a four-year player like Jones doesn’t come with that baggage. The secondary has often been a place where a smart and gifted athlete can get on the field early. So Jones not only appears to be a better fit in the classroom but might ultimately provide more snaps and more snaps by the end of his career. The Huskers stole him from a future division foe (Purdue) which also provides the added benefit of playing keep away.
Seeing a top tackle drop out seldom seems like good news. But if the player was unlikely make it to the field, then he’s better off appearing as a name on Kansas State or someone else’s recruiting list. Meanwhile, poaching a promising player from a division rival can make a difference both in your team and one you’d face every year.