Football: De La Salle’s Mikale Wilbon commits to Nebraska
By Beth Long FoxSports NEXT January 27, 2014 3:56PM
De La Salle's Mikale Wilbon | File photo
Updated: March 3, 2014 1:10PM
De La Salle senior running back Mikale Wilbon made his final commitment Sunday to Nebraska.
Wilbon originally committed to Vanderbilt, but when former Commodores coach James Franklin announced that he was taking the same position at Penn State, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound Wilbon reopened his commitment. Since then, Wilbon took an official visit to Nebraska, which he “really liked.”
“I liked the dorms and the facilities there at Nebraska. All of the coaches said that I was a perfect fit for their offense,” Wilbon told Scout.com. “Coach Bo Pelini, Ron Brown, Tim Beck and John Garrison all said I ran like Tre Mason.”
Since then, Wilbon decided the Huskers were the right choice for him, and he announced his commitment Sunday night via Twitter.
“I have officially committed to University of Nebraska!! I appreciate the support I got from everyone during the process,” Wilbon tweeted.
The three-star later reflected on several of the biggest reasons why he chose the Huskers.
“They loved me before when I committed to Vanderbilt,” Wilbon said. “When I visited last weekend, I imagined myself there and I really fit in with the players. Plus, the coaches really get along with each other. Coach Pelini is a nice guy, but he is also going to push me to my potential.”
The Big Ten is known for its bruising backs, and according to Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu, that’s exactly what Wilbon will bring to the Huskers.
“I think he’s a very good get for Nebraska. He’s a big-time running back. He’s built very low to the ground and is a very tough runner when I got to see him in person,” Trieu said. “He was a kid who didn’t give up on plays and definitely fought for every yard. He also caught the ball well out of the backfield. He’s really a complete back who’s going to be able to do most of the things Nebraska needs him to do.”
Wilbon becomes the second Chicago-area standout in three years to pick the Huskers, joining former Montini wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp, a Nebraska redshirt freshman. Trieu sees the Huskers using Wilbon as a stepping stone and continuing their success in Illinois.
“Wilbon is another get for them out of area they hadn’t recruited much before joining the conference,” Trieu said. “Illinois has been very kind to them. It’s always been a deep state, with plenty of BCS level talent. They are starting to make more and more progress there.”
Wilbon plans to sign his letter of intent and make his commitment to the Huskers official at a news conference at 4 p.m. Feb. 5 at De La Salle. Also at the news conference will be several of Wilbon’s De La Salle teammates who committed to Division I schools, including offensive linemen Aaron Roberts (Syracuse) and Jamarco Jones (Ohio State).