LINCOLN — A Nebraska football recruiting class more than one year in the making takes final shape Wednesday on national signing day. And the player who first committed to the Huskers' class of 2013 — Baldwin, La., athlete Trevell Dixon — will be among those to decide if NU is really where he wants to be. On a day that could be relatively uneventful for coach Bo Pelini's sixth class at Nebraska — which currently has 25 verbal pledges and is ranked anywhere from 10th nationally to 22nd — Dixon's indecision adds some intrigue.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder originally committed to the program in January 2012, decommitted in July and recommitted in January 2013. Then on Tuesday, his pledge was up in the air again. The West St. Mary High School quarterback, who could play either wide receiver or defensive back in college, will decide among the Huskers, Houston and Arizona State, according to recruiting services.
Nebraska also awaits a decision from Gaithersburg, Md., wide receiver Jaquille Veii, who will announce his pick among Iowa, Maryland and NU at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Long believed to be Maryland's to lose, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Veii, who played at the 100-student Avalon School, took late visits to the Hawkeyes and Huskers. He ran a 4.27-second, 40-yard dash at a Maryland camp and is considered a low three-star prospect.
Veii and Dixon's decisions will bring an end to a topsy-turvy final month of NU recruiting. Though the Huskers had 14 commits in their 2013 class before the 2012 football season began, 12 have committed since Nebraska's 45-31 loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl. Four players, including Dixon, have decommitted. The Huskers have secured verbal pledges from six players on the offensive and defensive lines. They won a national battle for Terrell Newby, who some recruiting services consider the top running back in California. They flipped a commit from Missouri in Dimarya Mixon. They lost a long-time commit, Marcus McWilson, to Kentucky.
NU assistants Terry Joseph and Rich Fisher have taken to Twitter to stoke Husker fans with the word “boom!” — which they've used to indicate another player joining the class. Those two, plus defensive coordinator John Papuchis, have suggested an eventful signing day that could include a surprise commit.
“I think we will have an explosion,” reads one of Papuchis' tweets.
Either way, Pelini will have his 2 p.m. press conference to introduce the scholarship group, currently at 25, and walk-on class, currently at 15. It's expected to be Pelini's highest-rated class, though not quite his biggest as NU signed 28 just months after Pelini's arrival in 2008. After Pelini talks, Nebraska plans to make offensive coordinator Tim Beck, Papuchis and recruiting coordinator Ross Els available for questions as well.
Heading into Wednesday, here are Nebraska's team rankings, according to four major recruiting services:
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» 247Sports: No. 21
» ESPN: No. 22
» Rivals: No. 16
» Scout/Fox Sports Next: No. 10
Aside from a highly rated surprise recruit, it's unlikely that the Huskers' ranking could rise much unless teams in front of them lose recruits. What can Nebraska fans expect Pelini to discuss? Here are some likely topics:
» Heavy emphasis on the offensive and defensive lines: NU looks to sign up to 12 offensive and defensive linemen, plus two tight ends. Three of these linemen are junior college prospects expected to contribute in 2013.
» We-backs: With the loss of Rex Burkhead to graduation and the impending transfer of Braylon Heard, Nebraska restocked its backfield with two four-star backs in Adam Taylor and Newby. Both ran for more than 2,000 yards during their senior seasons in high school.
» Senior sleepers: Several of Nebraska's January commits were players who flew under the radar until strong senior seasons, including Orlando (Fla.) defensive tackle Kevin Maurice, Tampa (Fla.) defensive end Ernest Suttles and Metairie (La.) tight end Cethan Carter.
» Another Martinez: The brother of senior quarterback Taylor Martinez, Drake Martinez, committed to the Huskers last Wednesday. From Laguna Beach (Calif.), Drake will likely play safety for Nebraska.
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