One thing Nebraska’s largely avoided this recruiting cycle is a detrimental de-commitment.
They have, however, still had two. Let’s take a look:
DL Robert Porcher IV, 3 stars
The first de-commitment came from Robert Porcher IV on Dec. 12.
Porcher, the son of All-Pro NFL defensive end Robert Porcher, had committed to Nebraska on June 29 and made his official visit to Lincoln on Sept. 17.
But the 3-star defensive lineman said in a note on Twitter announcing his decision that he wanted to be closer to his home in Orlando, Fla. He used two more official visits, the first to Michigan State on Jan. 13, then to Virginia Tech on Jan. 20.
Porcher announced his commitment to the Hokies on Jan. 23. Virginia Tech is about half as far from Orlando as Lincoln.
TE Reese Leitao, 3 stars
Nebraska’s other de-commitment was a little more cut-and-dried.
Reese Leitao, a 6-foot-4, 234-pound tight end from Jenks, Okla., had committed to Nebraska in August. but did not officially visit during the season.
The 3-star recruit was offered by Texas on Dec. 6, soon after Tom Herman was hired. He officially visited Texas on Dec. 9, de-committed on Dec. 18 from Nebraska and committed to the Longhorns on Dec. 29.
Leitao’s de-commitment hurt more than Porcher’s did. Nebraska wants two tight ends in this class, and the Leitao decision made graduate assistant Tavita Thompson hit the road in search of someone to fill Leitao’s spot.
Defensive line coach John Parrella may have lost Porcher, but Nebraska still has three defensive line commits in this class and could get a fourth with a commitment from 3-star Damion Daniels.
Nebraska also might fill Leitao’s spot in the class with 6-foot-7, 230-pound tight end Kurt Rafdal, a former Indiana commit who is between Iowa and Nebraska.
So, all-in-all, not much lost for Nebraska so far.
Then again, we’re still a six days from National Signing Day.