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Tony Fair looking to make decision soon
Nebraska’s next commitment could be coming this weekend.
Tony Fair, a junior college defensive tackle, picked up a Nebraska offer last Friday. Since then, things have moved quickly, with Fair telling Land of 10 he could be committing as soon as Saturday.
Fair has three offers, but will be making his decision between Indiana and Nebraska. UAB was his first offer but is out of the running.
“Those are my two schools,” he said. “They both got their positives.”
The South Bend, Ind., native said his relationship with defensive line coach Mike Dawson is part of why he’s so interested in Nebraska, a place he’s never been before. Fair spent the last year at Pima Community College (Tucson, Ariz.). But he’s willing to give Nebraska a commitment even if his only experience with Lincoln is a series of YouTube videos.
Fair said Nebraska is recruiting him at nose tackle, while the Hoosiers like him in the three-technique. He said that distinction will not sway his choice, nor will Indiana’s proximity to his hometown. At this point, he said, his family will live with him attending Nebraska — it’s much closer than Arizona.
At 6-foot-3 and 330 pounds, Fair’s size offers potential to be an anchor of the Huskers defense. Mick Stoltenberg will graduate after this season and will leave Nebraska with a hole at the spot. If Fair does wind up at Nebraska, his intention would be to compete for playing time in January.
“[Junior college] has been an adventure for me,” Fair said. “It’s taught me how that everything is on you — responsibility. Your bills, your studying, your time, it’s all on you.”
It’s been a recruiting journey for Fair, who was originally a member of the 2014 class. Now one of the oldest prospects on the market in 2019, he will have the chance to continue his dream of reaching the NFL with a strong possibility of that happening at Nebraska.
Nebraska holds all three of the predictions on Fair’s 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Pair of new quarterback offers out
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco had a busy week in Texas, offering two Class of 2019 prospects at the position.
First, Verduzco evaluated and offered 3-star athlete Shae Suiaunoa last Friday. According to the 247Sports composite, Suiaunoa is the No. 73 athlete and is also listed as a safety. But his 6-2, 185-pound frame excited Verduzco to the point he offered. The Houston Clear Lake standout holds 18 offers and has an official visit scheduled to UCLA next weekend.
On Wednesday, Verduzco ventured to Permian High School in Odessa, where the Friday Night Lights book, movie and TV show were based. There, he evaluated Peyton Powell, who is rated as a 3-star recruit by 247Sports. However, the bulk of the 19 offers he holds are at either wide receiver or safety.
The 6-2 prospect has 19 offers, including Ohio State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Ole Miss offering in the last 10 days.
The offers to Powell and Suiaunoa show the Huskers are still looking to fill their quarterback board by the time the evaluation period wraps up next week, and that they will not shy away from a dual-threat option in the backfield.
Nebraska is hoping to strike gold where no one else is looking, it seems.
Tiawan Mullen has Huskers in top 5
Nebraska kept its momentum going on the recruiting trail by making the top groups for two more prospects Wednesday.
As expected, 3-star cornerback Tiawan Mullen included the Huskers in his top 5. Indiana, Ole Miss, TCU and Pittsburgh also made the list. We reported there was a strong possibility of that being the case earlier in the day. He should be one of the Huskers’ top targets at cornerback as the summer begins.
Meanwhile, Nebraska made the top 7 for 3-star safety Quinton Newsome. The 6-2 recruit from Suwanee, Ga., trimmed his list from 22 offers.
Penn State, Georgia, Oregon, Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn also made the cut for Newsome.
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