Running back Terrell Newby – who posted back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons and ran for 105 touchdowns in his career at Los Angeles Chaminade High School – picked NU over UCLA in a press conference at his high school on Jan. 9. The 5-foot-10 180-pounder also considered offers from California, Washington and Oregon.
At the time of his commitment, Newby was the highest-ranked commit of the Huskers’ 2013 recruiting class by Rivals.
Newby ran for 2,305 yards and 45 touchdowns in 2012, including a 360-yard, eight-touchdown performance in a 78-34 win over Harvard-Westlake. He was a finalist for the Cal/Hi Sports Mr. Football Award.
“Terrell’s a throwback," Chaminade coach Ed Croson said. "He’d never come off the field if he didn’t have to.”
Nebraska coaches Tim Beck and Rich Fisher heavily recruited Newby in the spring – well before any of those accolades – and convinced Newby not to commit to Cal earlier this fall. Newby made his official visit for NU’s win over Idaho State. His commitment came two days after his official visit to Washington. “It really came down to the people,” Newby said. “The people are awesome.”
Nebraska coach Ron Brown, meanwhile, sold Newby on the chance to play early. Rex Burkhead, Ameer Abdullah, Aaron Green, Braylon Heard, Imani Cross and Andy Janovich all played as true freshmen. Newby played in a spread offense at Chaminade and said he's comfortable getting the ball in open space.
“Obviously they're not going to put Ameer on the sidelines,” Newby said of Abdullah, who led the Huskers in rushing last year. “But one of the reasons I'm coming to Nebraska is because I'll get the opportunity to make an impact.”
Newby isn't the only 2,000-yard rusher to commit to Nebraska for this cycle. Katy (Texas) star Adam Taylor ran for 2,754 yards and 45 touchdowns this year. Taylor is the No. 183 player in the nation according to Scout.
Our take: Newby is an exciting blend of take-it-to-the-house speed, quick moves and no-nonsense toughness. He’s not the most imposing guy on the field, but he runs behind his pads, squeezes into tight spaces and has the vision to make decisive, unpredictable cuts in the midfield. Ideal for draw and inside zone plays, Newby gets upfield immediately and pulls away from defenders. He may lack some of Ameer Abdullah’s improvisational skills, but he’s more bullish and less prone to fumbles. Newby can play as a true freshman. He may need a half-season to acclimate to the college game, but once he does, he could compliment Abdullah in a good way.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
Touted California running back Terrell Newby picks Nebraska (Omaha.com)
2012 All-Area Football Team: Chaminade running back Terrell Newby tops L.A. Daily News picks (Dailynews.com)
Nation's No. 22 running back Terrell Newby is more than just a number (MaxPreps.com)
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