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Linebacker Jared Afalava announced his pledge Jan. 3, 2012.
Afalava, from just outside Salt Lake City, Utah, is a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder. He was the fourth linebacker to commit in Nebraska’s 2012 recruiting class.
The four-star recruit planned on announcing his decision at the Semper Fidelis All-American bowl in Phoenix, Ariz., but time didn't allow him to make his decision on air. He pledged after the game anyway, choosing the Huskers over Washington and Utah.
"I'm going to Nebraska," Afalava told 247Sports.com, a recruiting partner to The World-Herald. "I love the coaches and they want me to play middle linebacker. I think that is a good fit for me and I can't wait to get out there and get to work.
"This is it for me. I love the football and the players on the team. I also like the academics and the support they provide the players."
Afalava, originally from Hawaii, was an ESPNHS preseason All-State selection and had seven scholarship offers, including BYU, Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State.
He led the Bingham Miners defense in tackles his senior year, adding three interceptions and two sacks. Bingham High School finished the season ranked No. 4 in the country according to USA Today. Over the past two seasons, Afalava aided an undefeated 2010 season and an overall record of 22-3 for the Miners.
Because he played high school football in Utah, Afalava likely flew slightly under the radar of many major college football programs. A physical, downhill linebacker, Afalava made his name with his aggressive play, particularly against the run. His demeanor on the field won him praise from fellow Husker commits Jordan Westerkamp and Greg McMullen, who played alongside Afalava in the postseason all-star game. Afalava is ranked as the 28th best outside linebacker in the country and No. 230 overall in the 2012 class.
Many of the coaches at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl came away impressed with the potential Afalava showed at the practices in Phoenix. A natural athlete, Afalava comes from one of the elite programs in the West and has the talent to play early in his career in Lincoln because of depth issues at linebacker. Afalava has played primarily outside linebacker in his career, but has the frame to add 15 to 20 pounds. If Afalava can show a grasp of Nebraska’s defensive schemes, he could challenge for playing time early.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
Afalava gives pledge to Nebraska (247Sports.com)
Bingham linebacker Jared Afalava commits to Nebraska (SLTrib.com)
Utes, Ducks top Afalava's list of potential destinations (DeseretNews.com)
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