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Wilbon Commits To Nebraska

Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle four-star running back Mikale Wilbon announced his commitment to Nebraska on Sunday evening.

He gave his verbal to head coach Bo Pelini and assistant Ron Brown during an in-home visit that day.

"Him and Coach Brown were super excited," Wilbon said. "They got up and gave me hugs and we took a lot of pictures."

A former Vanderbilt pledge, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound Wilbon is ranked by 247Sports as the nation's No. 18 running back.

Wilbon becomes commit No. 22 for Pelini and his staff in the class-of-2014.

"They are only taking one back this year," Wilbon said of what sealed the deal. "I can learn from (Ameer) Abdullah and the players treated me like a little brother. The coaches are great and they all get a long.

"Their facilities were the greatest I've seen through this process."

Things happened quickly between the Huskers and Wilbon. He landed an offer on Jan. 11, the same day he reopened the recruiting process after former Commodores head coach James Franklin took the same position with Penn State.

Wilbon took an official visit to Lincoln the following weekend, checking out the school and campus for the first time.

"I'm surprised he waited this long," former De La Salle coach Dan O'Keefe said. "He wanted to deliberate for a week. I knew once he went down there he'd fall in love with it, especially at that position, they've had so many great running backs."

O'Keefe sees Wilbon as the next great one.

"Just the competitor he is," O'Keefe said. "The fan base and what they expect out of their players, he'll fit right in. Aside from the talent, because we already know how much talent he has, he likes being a leader and he likes carrying the load."

Besides the schools mentioned, Wilbon held offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Purdue, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.

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