Many had considered Cam Taylor to be a “silent commit” to Nebraska, but he wasn’t silent Wednesday.
Taylor, a product of Montgomery, Alabama, announced during a ceremony at his high school that he would be signing with the Huskers. He chose Nebraska over finalists Auburn, Missouri and Troy.
Rumors began circulating last week when another defensive back recruit, Joseph Norwood, canceled a planned official visit to Nebraska because he was told somebody else had committed. Because no other recruits had made public announcements, most assumed Norwood was referring to Taylor, who had taken his official visit to Nebraska the previous weekend.
Whether or not that was actually the case, there was still a sweat for the Huskers entering the final day. Reports surfaced Monday that Auburn, which hadn’t previously offered Taylor, could decide to offer him at the last minute if space in its class became available. That offer never came, and Taylor is headed to Nebraska.
He gives Nebraska a three-star athlete, according to the 247Sports composite, who’s expected to fit as a cornerback in the Husker secondary.
Nebraska tried to load up on defensive backs in the 2018 class. Nebraska added Ole Miss transfer Breon Dixon last month, and junior college safety Deontai Williams signed in December. The Huskers also entered Wednesday with commitments from high school DBs Braxton Clark, Cam’ron Jones and CJ Smith.
Nebraska recruited Taylor, a former Missouri commit, heavily over the last month of the recruiting cycle. The Huskers offered him three days after Christmas then hosted him on an official visit the weekend of Jan. 26. He also took official visits to Auburn and Troy. He was expected to visit Missouri last weekend, but he didn’t make the trip.
Taylor is the second player from Alabama to join NU’s 2018 class, following kicker and early enrollee Barret Pickering. Prior to this year, the Huskers hadn’t signed a player from that state since 2013.
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