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Terrell Newby nears decision

Chaminade Prep star Terrell Newby hosted both Nebraska and UCLA over the past few days. Now the four-star running back is ready to make a decision. He plans to hold an announcement ceremony at Chaminade Prep on either Monday or Tuesday of next week.

Terrell Newby is down to Nebraska and UCLA.

Newby first hosted UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. on Friday. The running back picked up an offer from the hometown Bruins in November.

The Friday meeting with Mora Jr. went well.

“It went pretty well,” he said. “Coach Mora is a real good guy. I like him a lot. He knows a lot about football. You can tell he’s spent hours on the game. He’s a good head coach and he has a good relationship with his players.”

Nebraska came out to see Newby and his family on Saturday. A caravan of Cornhusker coaches made the trip, including offensive coordinator Tim Beck, running backs coach Ron Brown and area recruiter Rich Fisher. All three coaches have been heavily involved in Newby’s recruiting.

“We just talked and talked about things other than football,” he said. “It was just a good time. I’m very comfortable with Nebraska’s staff.”

One area where Nebraska has excelled in Newby’s recruitment has been relationship building with his family. The NU coaches have earned the trust and respect of Newby’s family and that’s a big deal.

“I think they’re very comfortable with Nebraska,” he said. “There’s not one coach they’re not comfortable with there. They wouldn’t have a problem sending me off there. Those coaches are great people.”

Newby first came on Nebraska’s board in April. The Husker staff heavily pursued the speed back and attempted to get him out to see the spring game. The running back was set to visit, but his flight was canceled and he didn’t make the trip.

After convincing Newby not to commit to Cal, Nebraska was then able to get the back out to Lincoln for Big Red Weekend. The first visit proved to be a strong enough success that Newby came back for an official visit to see the Idaho State game.

Now he’s ready to make the decision. Besides having a clear understanding of where he wants to go, Newby wants to finish his recruitment in order to focus on his International Bowl appearance.

“I definitely want the chance to represent my country,” Newby said. “That’s the only reason I chose to play in that game over other ones. It’s one of the few chances I get to do that, especially with this sport.

“Yeah, I know when I go there I’ll be committed. Most of the guys in it are already committed. This is probably the most hectic month for recruiting so I wanted to get that done so I can focus on other things.”

The decision is right there for Newby but he’ll take a little extra time.

“Yeah, I feel pretty good about where I want to go,” he said. “I’m pretty sure. My family has been in full support of my decision. No matter where I go there going to be with my team and will support me. I’ve been leaning on them throughout the process.”

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