Class of 2014

Joshua Kalu

HometownHouston, TX
High schoolAlief Taylor

Nebraska’s defense heavily relies on the nickel back position, and it’s one that the Huskers have started to recruit specifically in recent years.

NU landed its nickel target when Alief (Texas) Taylor High School safety Josh Kalu committed to Nebraska. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound, three-star prospect visited Sept. 7 for the Southern Miss game, kept the Huskers at the top of his list and finally pulled the trigger at the start of NU’s bye week.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a month or so,” Kalu said. “It just came down to: Why wait? Why not just say what’s on your mind?”

So Kalu called the Husker coaches. He then announced his decision on Twitter.

Kalu said Nebraska projects him as a nickel, which isn’t a surprise: He’s a close size fit to current Husker nickel Ciante Evans. Kalu played safety for Alief Taylor, which is in a suburb of Houston. He had amassed 44 tackles, forced three fumbles and intercepted a pass in a 3-3 start to his senior year. Kalu said he’s returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, too.

“He’s a well-rounded athlete," Taylor coach J.D. Jordan said. "And he’s a great communicator, a leader on the field. He’s always able to be the ring leader, getting everybody in position.”

Houston, Wake Forest, Iowa State and Washington State were Kalu’s other top schools, but Nebraska’s been at the top of his list for some time. He had offers to Rice, SMU and Colorado, as well.

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