Marquel Dismuke could help open up the pipeline from Lincoln to a talent-rich high school in Southern California.
Dismuke transferred to Calabassas High School from Dominguez HS (the same school that produced Richard Sherman) before the start of his senior season. There he teamed up with players like Keyshawn Johnson Jr., Darnay Holmes and Tristan Gebbia, some of the Huskers top targets in the 2017 class.
Dismuke also played for the Team19 All-Stars, a 7-on-7 team coached by Keyshawn Johnson Sr. that offered Dismuke his first taste of Nebraska football. Team19 took a trip in March 2015 to visit several schools, and one of the stops on the itinerary was Nebraska.
NU head coach Mike Riley was Johnson's offensive coordinator at USC in 2005. Johnson even came out and defended Riley through the early losses in the 2015 season.
Dismuke was committed to Cal at the time of that March visit, but the trip clearly left an impression on him. The Huskers didn't offer Dismuke until May 21, 2015, but things moved quickly between the two parties after that.
From that point on, Dismuke has been encouraging his younger teammates to follow him to Lincoln. Those 2017 prospects have made numerous visits to Lincoln since that first one in the spring. They were all on campus most recently in January.
When Dismuke took his official visit the weekend of Jan. 22, Holmes and Johnson Jr. accompanied him on unofficial visits.
Whether Dismuke eventually convinces them to commit to NU remains to be seen. But even if they never do, the Huskers landed a quality prospect in Dismuke.
He's a four-star prospect, according to the 247 composite, and one of the nation's Top 10 safeties. ESPN ranks him No. 136 overall in the country, regardless of position.
"He's a very physical safety," said Huser Online's Nate Clouse on "The Bottom Line" after Dismuke committed. "He's got great length, runs well. What I like about him is his ability to cover, but also he'll come downhill and hit you. That's the quality that sets him apart from a lot of defensive backs in general."
Dismuke was a key figure for Calabassas his senior year. He had two interceptions in the state title game as Calabassas clinched its first championship in December 2015.
Nebraska is interested in trying Dismuke out at cornerback, and he certainly has the physical traits to handle the demands of that position. He reacts well in the moment, taking appropriate angles to close on an arriving pass or a ball carrier. Dismuke can deliver a good lick, too. He’ll have to add some weight, adjust to a new position and learn the system — but the foundation is in place for him.
Below is the tweet from when Dismuke announced his commitment to Nebraska:
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
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