Class of 2018 target

TJ Pledger

PositionRB
Height5/9
Weight185
HometownCanoga Park, CA
High schoolIMG Academy
Offer dateJune 6, 2016
Official visitOct. 7, 2017

TJ Pledger received an offer from the Huskers on June 6, 2016.

That offer came after Pledger was a standout performer at Nebraska's satellite camp in Los Angeles the previous day.

On March 8, 2017, Pledger released a top eight that included Nebraska with Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and UCLA.

Though NU was considered one of the top schools in contention, Pledger committed to Oklahoma on March 25.

Nebraska seemingly got a boost to its chances when Bob Stoops abruptly retired in June, though Pledger remained committed to the Sooners. He then made his first visit to Lincoln the weekend of June 23 to spend time at the Friday Night Lights camp and Big Red Weekend.

Pledger is friends with Tyjon Lindsey. He's also close with Brendan Radley-Hiles, who is now his teammate at the IMG Academy.

Originally from California, Pledger attended the same high school — Chaminade — that produced Nebraska I-back Terrell Newby before he transferred to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

On Aug. 10, NU running backs coach Reggie Davis tweeted about Pledger, saying "A former Eagle Ascending 2 the Huskers would be a game changer!" The mascot at Pledger's high school in California was an Eagle and the mascot at IMG Academy is an Ascender.

On Aug. 24, Davis tweeted about Pledger again with a picture of Mike Rozier's Heisman Trophy, saying "Cleaning off the Heisman with some Pledge!!"

Pledger returned to Lincoln when he takes his official visit for the Wisconsin game on Oct. 7. He'll be joined on that visit with Radley-Hiles and another IMG teammate, Brian Hightower. Afterward, he spoke highly of the visit in an interview with Husker Online, but he remains committed to the Sooners.

Pledger posted a SPARQ score of 95.61 at The Opening Regional in Los Angeles in February. That included a 4.7-second 40-yard dash, 4.12-second 20-yard shuttle, 36-foot kneeling powerball toss and 30.7-inch vertical jump.

Pledger ran for nearly 1,900 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior in 2016.

World-Herald staff writer Sam McKewon included him on his early list of 25 prospects to watch for the Huskers' 2018 recruiting class.


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