The first positive surprise for Nebraska has come early on National Signing Day.
Caleb Tannor, a 4-star defensive end who projects as an outside linebacker, signed with Nebraska on Wednesday during a ceremony at his school.
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Bringing in Tannor is quite the coup for coach Scott Frost and his staff. Despite hosting Tannor for a successful visit Jan. 12-14, the Huskers were long thought to be the odd ones out in his recruitment. He seemed destined to play his college ball in the South. Auburn had been the favorite for him since he de-committed from Georgia on Nov. 13 but apparently took itself out of contention by pursuing other pass rushers.
That is where Nebraska capitalized. Nebraska quickly built a relationship with him, which was important. Florida also made a late effort to land Tannor, but the Huskers won out for one of the more coveted defenders to sign after the early signing period.
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“I just feel like it was probably the best place for me and my family,” Tannor told Carla Parker of The Champion (DeKalb, Ga.). “At Nebraska, I feel like I can go there and be the guy and have an impact early.
“Just being able to play early as a freshman, that’s what I really wanted to do.”
Tannor is also excited to be under the tutelage of the Nebraska coaching staff.
“I love the coaches,” Tannor said. “The coaching staff is great. They really care about you on the field and off the field, also.”
Weight: 225 pounds
Hometown: Lithonia, Ga. (Miller Grove)
Ranking: 4 stars, No. 19 weakside defensive end, No. 328 prospect overall (247Sports composite)
Where he fits: Although he is listed and recruited at defensive end, Tannor likely will move to outside linebacker. That way, he still will be an edge rusher in the Huskers’ 3-4 defense. Tannor has a shot for early playing time but probably could use a season to prepare his body for college ball.
What they’re saying about him: “Caleb Tannor is a true edge rusher. Already with the ability to impact the passing game with his hand in the ground or as a stand-up defender, he showcases great explosion off of the football and can alter his path en route to the target. Tannor does so on a long frame which can be built upon, making him a prospect who can thrive in a traditional defensive end role or as an edge hybrid. His ability to play with solid technique within his responsibility makes him more than a pass rusher, though Tannor can benefit from bulk and added strength.” — John Garcia Jr., 247Sports recruiting analyst
In his own words: “A Caleb Tannor player. [Nebraska fans are] going to be getting a versatile outside linebacker.”