Nebraska capped early signing day in a major way by beating out multiple college football blue bloods for a defensive end it has courted for nearly a year.
The Huskers landed a commitment from 6-foot-6, 285-pound Ty Robinson in what marks a seismic victory for Scott Frost on a national level. The consensus four-star prospect from Gilbert (Ariz.) Higley High School turned down overtures from finalists Alabama, USC, Oregon and Stanford.
Robinson welcomed a parade of coaches through his school and home in recent weeks, including Alabama's Nick Saban. But Nebraska got the final word last Thursday, and Frost brought all 10 of his assistant coaches in an unprecedented move to show how badly they wanted him in the fray.
"I can definitely see that something there is changing with the way they're playing," Robinson told The World-Herald last month. "Just talking to Coach Frost and (defensive line coach Mike) Dawson and that staff, I can really tell by what they're saying too."
Robinson is the nation's No. 207 overall prospect according to the 247Sports composite and No. 16 among strong-side defensive ends. He will play in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 5 after he logged 74 tackles (34 for loss) this season. He plans to join the Huskers in the summer.
Higley coach Eddy Zubey told The World-Herald this fall that opposing teams would move their running backs to whichever side of the line Robinson wasn't on. The lineman can pressure the quarterback, clog running lanes and chase down ball carriers.
"There were times at the beginning of the year when we couldn't even allow him to play in team sessions," Zubey said. "He would just disrupt everything so much that we couldn't get anything accomplished because he was in the backfield. He demands double teams."
The standout visited Nebraska for the Michigan State game and has numerous ties to the state. His late father, Jason, and uncles Josh and Jeremy all starred in basketball at Chadron State. His mother, Tresha, is an O'Neill native and still has family in the area.
Nebraska in January extended a scholarship to Robinson, who was among the first 25 players from the 2019 class Frost offered after coming on with NU.
"I feel like I have quick feet and am really good with my movement and mobility," Robinson said. "A lot of coaches really compliment me on that, saying I can really move and am not stiff. And the brute strength I bring, just being 6-6, 280, and being able to move as a big guy."
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