At the time Erik Chinander made the prediction, he had to joke: He just might get in trouble for saying it.
But it was March, and Nebraska’s new defensive coordinator wanted to make a point about recruiting in Iowa. He grew up there. He played high school and college football there. He coached college football there. If there is one place in America where Chinander must know every recruiting nook and cranny, it’s NU’s next-door neighbor to the east.
“Since I grew up in Iowa, I’ll have the state of Iowa, and we’re going to steal some from there,” Chinander said.
Put one on the board for 2019.
Before coach Scott Frost made his first appearance at Big Ten media days in Chicago, Waverly-Shell Rock defensive end Mosai Newsom on Monday, July 23, committed to the Huskers, becoming the first commit from Iowa since John Raridon in the 2016 class. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Newsom — a three-star recruit according to the 247sports composite — had an offer from the home-state Hawkeyes. Michigan State, Minnesota and Northwestern had offered, too.
But Nebraska seemed to have Newsom’s attention all spring. He visited multiple times, bringing his family. And NU’s 3-4 defense fit him; he plays a true 3-4 end at Waverly-Shell Rock, where he had 38 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. He plays basketball and competes in track, as well, and was named to the first team of 247sports U.S. Army National Combine team.
Newsom’s coach, Mark Hubbard, said in the spring Newsom was just “scratching the surface” of his potential. He’s smart, too, as Ivy League schools showed interest. Newsom said in the spring he wanted to work on his hand placement and footwork as well.
He becomes NU’s 14th commit overall and the third true defensive line recruit in the class, joining Pima Community College nose tackle Tony Fair and Norfolk Catholic’s Ethan Piper who, depending on how much he grows, could be a nose tackle or a defensive end down the line.
Mosai Newsom received an offer from the Huskers on Feb. 24, 2018. Newsom checked out Nebraska when he visited Lincoln on March 15. He returned to Lincoln when he attended the Husker junior day on April 7.
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