Originally published Feb. 7, 2008 in the Omaha World-Herald
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Whaley's brother, Chris, rushed for 4,249 yards and 55 touchdowns over the past two years at Madisonville and will rank as one of the top recruits in Texas next season.
"Alonzo and Chris are a year apart by birth, but they're more like best friends than brothers. They grew up without a father, so Alonzo took the lead as the elder male. If everything stays the way it is, I can definitely see Chris giving Nebraska a real look." -- Greg Morgan, Madisonville High coach
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Whaley is the No. 50 weakside linebacker, as ranked by scout.com, and the No. 61 outside linebacker in the rivals.com ratings.
He looks like a linebacker in the Pelini system. All six on the LSU two-deep last season weighed in the 220 to 230 range. And at the outside positions, none was taller than 6-1. Whaley visited Nebraska in January and committed on the same weekend. "He's a phenomenal defensive player, and we added to his chores this year," Morgan said. "He played fullback and did a hellacious job." Morgan said he prefers not to use his players on offense and defense. He couldn't afford to limit Whaley, who made more than 160 tackles in each of the past two years.
Here's an example of a player the Huskers targeted late primarily because they believe he's a fit for their system. Successful recruiting starts there, not with star values or fancy quotes. If Whaley's presence at NU helps with a certain Madisonville running back next season, all the better.
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
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