Class of 2007

Larry Asante

PositionS
Height6/1
Weight210
HometownAlexandria, VA
High schoolHayfield

Originally published Feb. 8, 2007 in the Omaha World-Herald

Asante says: "I felt like I fit into what they want to do on defense. That's what put Nebraska over the edge. Their safeties, they like to bring them up, give them a linebacker look. That way, I'm going to make some hits."

Coachspeak

"That was our guy. He was the best safety in the country, so we're excited about him. We know a lot about him, but we'll know a lot more after winter conditioning." -- Nebraska safeties coach Bill Busch

The gurus say

"Larry Asante is one of the most dominant junior college players I've ever seen," said analyst Jeremy Crabtree of rivals.com. "Not this year. I mean ever. This kid is a special, special player. He's got the ability to play in the NFL."

About Asante

If you're going to play defense, "violent" is not a bad description for your style. That's what Busch called Asante, the only safety NU recruited for 2007. Asante, the ninth-ranked JC player in the country by rivals.com, moved from safety to linebacker at Coffeyville and made 76 tackles as a redshirt freshman. He'll line up at safety at NU and has three years to play three seasons. The strength of Nebraska's class influenced Asante's decision to come to Lincoln. "They were saying to me a couple weeks back that if they got me, they were going to have a top-five class in the nation. I thought about that, and it was a big part of the reason I wanted to go there."

Our take

Asante, who has already enrolled, likely ranks as the leading candidate to start at strong safety, providing Nebraska with the run stopper in the secondary it desperately needed in 2006.

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