Homewood High School running back Ameer Abdullah became the Huskers' 17th commitment for 2011 and the second running back, along with Aaron Green of San Antonio, Texas. Green and Abdullah struck a friendship during the summer of 2010 at a recruiting camp and have stayed in touch.
Abdullah is a devout Muslim and fasts during the daylight hours for a month during the football season in observation of Ramadan. “He never complained,” former Homewood coach Dickey Wright said. “In fact, he never mentioned it.”
Abdullah rushed for 1,013 yards and 18 touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 515 yards as a senior at Homewood High.
“My best attribute is my vision and my ability to cut on a dime," Abdullah said. "I try to train myself to cut on a dime.”
He was named the south region player of the year by the Birmingham News and scored the winning touchdown in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in December. Abdullah then starred in practices before the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Southern California also offered Abullah as a cornerback. Other offers came from Tennessee, South Carolina and Texas A&M. Abdullah was set to visit Southern Cal but canceled it after making the pledge to Nebraska. He said he also visited campuses at LSU and Tennessee.
Rivals.com rates Abdullah as the No. 17 athlete nationally, the ninth-best player in Alabama and the fifth-rated running back “in space.” He’s the No. 56 back in the nation, according to Scout.com, and was named the south region player of the year by the Birmingham News.
Our take: His opportunity to play early at a position in need of depth depends on Abdullah’s ability to develop into a complete back. In other words, how’s his pass protection? If he proves adequate, Abdullah gives Nebraska another potential big play waiting to happen, alongside classmates Aaron Green and Jamal Turner.
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