A lot has happened in Nebraska football recruiting over the last two months. With the firing of coach Mike Riley to the hiring of new coach Scott Frost, the 2018 recruiting class looks much different today than it did a couple of short months ago.
Change is bound to happen anytime there is turnover in the coaching ranks. That was to be expected. And while Frost & Co. have more than made up for the de-commitments over the last two months, those recruits are a part of Nebraska’s story over the last year.
With National Signing Day on the horizon, let’s take a look back at those recruits who were once committed to Nebraska and where they eventually landed.
4-star CB Brendan Radley-Hiles (Bradenton, Fla.) — Signed with Oklahoma
Brendan Radley-Hiles quickly became a fan favorite in Nebraska after committing to the Huskers on April 14, 2017. He de-committed on Oct. 31, 2017, as rumors and speculation swirled around the future of Riley at Nebraska.
Frost and his staff did touch base with Radley-Hiles, but the 4-star cornerback decided there was somewhere else he wanted to be instead. He signed with Oklahoma and enrolled early.
4-star WR Joshua Moore (Yoakum, Texas) — Committed to Texas
Joshua Moore de-committed from Nebraska on Dec. 10, 2017. He had been committed to the Huskers since June 18, 2017.
Moore had a close relationship with former wide receivers coach Keith Williams. When Williams was not retained by Frost, it seemed that the writing was on the wall for Moore’s commitment.
Moore committed to the Texas Longhorns on Sunday. He originally planned to commit and subsequently sign on National Signing Day.
4-star ATH Mario Goodrich (Lees Summit, Mo.) — Uncommitted
Mario Goodrich committed to Nebraska on May 23, 2017. He de-committed on Dec. 2, 2017.
Goodrich could play either wide receiver or defensive back — which made him an intriguing prospect for the Huskers — but Nebraska was recruiting him primarily at the cornerback position. When Goodrich de-committed, the Huskers’ 2018 class was left with only eight verbal commits. That has more than doubled since.
4-star CB Chase Williams (Corona, Calif.) — Signed with USC
Chase Williams was another top prospect at cornerback for Nebraska in its 2018 recruiting class. He originally committed to the Huskers on April 23, 2017, after an unofficial visit earlier that month.
Williams made an official visit in October as well, but de-committed on Nov. 22, 2017. He ultimately signed with the USC Trojans on Dec. 20, 2017, during the early signing period.
4-star WR Cameron Brown (Saint Louis, Mo.) — Signed with Ohio State
Cameron Brown‘s de-commitment and subsequent commitment to Ohio State was one of the worst-kept secrets in December. While Brown never de-committed from the Huskers before signing with the Buckeyes on Dec. 20, 2017, it was known that he wasn’t going to be in Lincoln.
Brown originally committed to Nebraska on Aug. 7, 2017.
4-star WR Manuel Allen (Moreno Valley, Calif.) — Committed to Louisville
Manuel Allen originally committed to USC on Jan. 6, 2017. He de-committed from the Trojans on Feb. 24, 2017. That’s when Nebraska came into the picture.
The Huskers became a leader in Allen’s recruiting on April 7, 2017, and he committed a week later on April 15. All was well for about three months until Allen de-committed from Nebraska on Aug. 17, 2017. He committed to Louisville on the same day.
While Allen did not sign early with Louisville, he has remained committed to the Cardinals. In fact, he officially visited Louisville this weekend.
3-star ATH Eric Fuller ( Los Angeles, Calif.) — Uncommitted
Eric Fuller‘s commitment and de-commitment were a little odd from the get-go. He originally committed to Nebraska on Jan. 18, 2017. However, there were rumblings by June that Nebraska and Fuller would soon part ways. By June 18, 2017, it was official.
Reports called Fuller’s situation a personal one. There has been no new activity on the recruiting front for him since he de-committed from Nebraska.