Class of 2012

Imani Cross

HometownGainesville, GA
High schoolNorth Hall

Imani Cross was originally a Tennessee commit.

But the Gainesville (Ga.) North Hall running back decommited from the Volunteers and became the 14th Husker recruit.

The running back chose NU over Kentucky after several grueling days of deliberation. He visited each school the prior week.

“I talked to my family, I prayed about it and now I’m going to the University of Nebraska,” Cross said.

He visited Lincoln Jan. 20, 2012, and had an in-home visit with coach Bo Pelini and offensive coordinator Tim Beck on Jan. 26.

“I felt those great feelings for the university,” Cross said.

At 6-foot-1, 222 pounds, Cross, a three-star, 87-rated back according to 247Sports, could be used in short yardage situations or goal-line packages. The running back finished with 1,698 yards and 24 touchdowns for North Hall this year.

Cross intends to go into communications and his high school coach, Bob Christmas, said he might look at joining the ministry following his football career.

Another important factor for Cross was the family atmosphere among the football players. He spent quite a bit of time with Ameer Abdullah and Jamal Turner during his visit and was very impressed by the two current Huskers.

“I felt comfortable and they were all good guys,” he said. “It’s definitely something I put into perspective and Nebraska definitely has a great family atmosphere.”

In the 2011 class, NU seemed to covet small, quick running backs like Aaron Green, Abdullah and Braylon Heard. With the addition of Cross, the Huskers have now found their short-yardage back who can be the change of pace from Rex Burkhead and the trio of young running backs. However, don’t mistake Cross’ size for being slow. During practices at the International Bowl, Cross stood out among the other running backs for the quickness he showed getting outside the tackle and around the corner. Coupled with his soft hands and vision, he appears to have the complete package.

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Photo Credit: Gainesville (Ga.) Times

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