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Big boom: Nebraska lands McClain

Better late than never for Nebraska as the Huskers earned a commitment from Jacksonville Sandalwood defensive end Blake McClain during his visit. He’s commit No. 24 for Nebraska.

Nebraska commit No. 24 Blake McClain.

On Monday, Nebraska wasn’t yet in the picture, but the Huskers pulled McClain in for a last weekend visit when Florida State approached the longtime commitment to grayshirt.

Nebraska, who had been searching for defensive ends all of January, entered the picture pretty quickly and were ready to go when McClain officially decommitted from FSU on Thursday.

“I’m telling you, Nebraska kind of just lucked out here, man,” Geis said. “Florida State called and Nebraska was 10 minutes behind walking in the door. I let them know he just decommitted and they said ‘Is that the kid we really liked? Can we talk to him?’ Four days later, we’ve got this.”

McClain had been updating Geis all day about the visit. The defensive end told his coach that he was particularly impressed by the facilities and the campus. McClain is the second Sandalwood player to commit to Nebraska this month, joining cornerback Chris Jones.

Given how close everything is to signing day, there’s always some concern of a recruit being pressured into making a decision too quickly. Geis said that he wasn’t concerned about McClain in that regard.

“No, nah, he’s an intelligent kid,” Geis said. “I’ve had kids in the past where I’ve flat out told the coaches ‘Look he’s going to commit and then I’ll have to talk him out of it as soon as he gets back here.’ There have been kids that commit at every place they take a visit too, but he’s a very intelligent kid and knows what he wants. He just wants to go to a place that plays good football.”

McClain is a three-star as rated by 247Sports and 247Sports Composite. He is the second high school defensive end to commit to the Huskers, joining fellow Florida resident Sedrick King. McClain is ranked the No. 19 strong-side defensive end in the country and the No. 84 player in Florida.

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