Class of 2017

Robert Porcher

HometownOrlando, FL
High schoolDr. Phillips
Offer dateFeb. 22, 2016
Official visitSept. 17, 2016
Commit dateJune 29, 2016
Decommit dateDec. 12, 2016

Former Husker commit Robert Porcher announced his commitment to Virginia Tech on Jan. 23, 2017.

Porcher decommitted from Nebraska on Dec. 12, 2016. He announced the decision on Twitter:

Porcher, who received an offer from the Huskers on Feb. 22, took his first visit to Lincoln on June 24 during the Huskers' Friday Night Lights camp, though he didn't participate in the camp.

Porcher originally committed to Nebraska on June 29, 2016, but visited Michigan in October.

His father, Robert Porcher III, spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the Lions and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection while in Detroit.

Porcher IV told The World-Herald after committing that John Parrella's own NFL experience played a large part in his decision.

“Coach Parrella actually knows what it takes to get to the next level,” Robert Porcher IV said. “He's going to teach you things that help you get there.”

He became the 11th commit of the 2017 class. The first defensive end of the group, Porcher (pronounced por-SHAY) joins Deontre Thomas — a tackle — as the second commit on the D-line. He joins linebacker Willie Hampton as the second commit from the Sunshine State in the class.

Porcher took his official visit to Nebraska for the Oregon game on Sept. 17.

The NU commit wasn't done taking visits, though. He took an official visit to Michigan on Oct. 22. He grew up not far from Ann Arbor when his dad played for the Detroit Lions. Afterward, he said in interviews with Huskers Illustrated and Scout that he enjoyed his Michigan visit but was still 100 percent committed to the Huskers.

He does still plan to take the rest of his allotted his visits, and mentioned Cal and Georgia Tech as two possible destinations.

But Nebraska is doing all it can to make sure it doesn't lose Porcher. Parrella was expected to make an in-home visit with Porcher and his family on Nov. 28 or 29.

He posted a SPARQ score of 61.98 at The Opening Regional in Orlando in February. That included a 5.42-second 40-yard dash, 4.66-second 20-yard shuttle, 35-foot kneeling powerball toss and 23.8-inch vertical jump.

According to his highlights, Porcher had 92 tackles, including 32 for loss and 11 sacks, as a junior in 2015.

Porcher's first FBS offer came in November 2015 from Indiana. His third came a few months later, which signaled a surge in his recruitment. He added at least 15 offers from Power Five schools between February and May.

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