|Offer date||May 23, 2016|
|Commit date||April 15, 2017|
|Decommit date||Aug. 17, 2017|
Manuel Allen committed to Nebraska on April 15, 2017, while on campus attending the Huskers' spring game, but it wouldn't last.
On Aug. 17, Allen made a surprising announcement to say he was flipping his commitment to Louisville. "I want to thank the University of Nebraska and the whole coaching staff for the opportunities to play in Lincoln," Allen said in a Twitter post before saying he was joining the Cardinals' class instead.
Allen had been a top target of NU since he received an offer from the Huskers on May 23, 2016. He was a big get for the Huskers when he committed, a consensus four-star prospect.
His decision left Nebraska with 10 commits in its 2018 class and two wide receivers — Cameron Brown and Joshua Moore. Allen was also one of three commits from California, and the Huskers now have a pair of commits from that state in Brendan Radley-Hiles and Chase Williams.
Allen had connections to the Huskers. During the 2015 season, he was a teammate of Tyjon Lindsey, who was a member of Nebraska's 2017 recruiting class.
This is the third school Allen has committed to. He previously committed to USC on Jan. 6, but he backed away from that pledge on Feb. 24. The Huskers got him to commit to them a couple months later, but that pledge would only last four months.
Allen is the second recruit Nebraska has lost in a recent recruiting battle with Louisville. In the 2016 class, Desmond Fitzpatrick — long believed to be a silent NU commit — ended up choosing the Cardinals days before national signing day.
Below is Allen's tweet announcing his decommitment from Nebraska:
These are the players who built Nebraska football.