DeAndre Wills, a 6-foot-3, 262-pound defensive end/tight end from Lineville, Ala., became the 25th known member of Nebraska's 2014 class when he committed to the Huskers on Sunday, Feb. 2. Wills was holding out for an offer from Alabama, but visited Nebraska the weekend before signing day and picked the Huskers.
"I mean it was great, there's no better way to end it," Wills told Huskers Illustrated. "The facilities and everything was great. I loved it. The academic center and all that stuff. That all really came into my decision."
The defensive end held offers from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Clemson. Wills had also said he was being recruited by Alabama, LSU and Auburn.
Wills said defensive line coach Rich Kaczenski played a big part in his decision.
"He's a great man," Wills told HuskerOnline.com. "I love him to death."
Wills said one of his strengths is rushing the passer. He said he had close to 10 sacks last season in his fourth year as a high school starter.
“They said I was real quick,” Wills said. “They like how I squeeze in and pressure the quarterback. That’s what I did. That’s my job.”
Wills said his whole Nebraska visit “surprised me.”
“It’s really a wonderful place, just going there and seeing everything,” he said. “The coaches, the facilities, all the trophies, meeting players, the academics, the equipment … the whole thing."
According to AL.com, Wills recorded 37 tackles (25 solo) and three sacks in 2013. He also hauled in nine catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns last season.
Wills is the first member of the 2014 class out of Alabama. He joins defensive ends Joe Keels, Sedrick King, Blake McClain and Mick Stoltenberg in the class, and tight end Freedom Akinmoladun.
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