Cornhuskers capitalize with recruiting surge

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Tom Luginbill, the national recruiting director for ESPN's Scouts Inc., provides us with a few Big 12-related recruiting nuggets:

DT Chase Rose

    • Columbia, Mo.

    • Rock Bridge H.S.

    • Scouts Grade: 79

    • Position Rank: 21

    Highly-recruited Chase Rome, a four-star defensive lineman from Rock Bridge (Columbia, Mo.), has given a Class of 2010 pledge to Nebraska after decommitting from Oklahoma State.

    The 6-foot-3, 270-pound standout also holds offers from Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Tennessee, UCLA, Kansas and Kansas State, among many others.

    ESPN's Craig Haubert said of the switch, "Big start to the weekend for the Cornhuskers. First they grab a big conference win in primetime on Thursday and now they follow that up with a verbal commitment from four-star defensive tackle Chase Rome. Rome a Missouri native was committed to Oklahoma State, but switched his pledge to Nebraska."

    "Not only did the Huskers land a player committed to a Big Twelve South school they also took him out of the backyard of a conference rival which they just beat. This is one of those additions that seems to be working from every angle for Nebraska."

    "As far as Rome the player he is now the Huskers highest rated defensive player and should be a good addition to a defensive line which has been strong for Nebraska, but needs to re-load for the future. Rome will bring a tough high motor game to Lincoln. He possesses good size and could play end for the Huskers, but more likely will develop into a defensive tackle. He is strongest against the run at this point, but they can work to develop his pass rushing skills. Against the run he is good with his hands and can separate and shed from blockers. Displays good football instincts and smarts to be in position and make plays."

    "This is a nice pick-up for Nebraska as they try and climb back into power in the Big Twelve North."

    Nebraska now has nine commitments for 2010.

    T Tyler Moore

      • Clearwater, Fla.

      • Countryside H.S.

      ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect Tyler Moore, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive lineman from Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.), has committed to the Huskers for the Class of 2011.

      Moore chose Nebraska over the Florida Gators.

      He was also offered by Clemson, Florida State, Miami-Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, West Virginia, California, South Florida and Florida International, among others.

      The Huskers now have two 2011 pledges, including ESPNU 150 Watch List offensive lineman Ryne Reeves of Crete, Neb.

      QB Blake Bell

        • Wichita, Kan.

        • Bishop Carroll H.S.

        • Scouts Grade: 81

        • ESPN150 Rank: 66

        • Position Rank: 3

        Under Armour All-American and Oklahoma commit Blake Bell threw for 239 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for 80 yards and three touchdowns for Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.) in its 36-34 victory over Kapaun Mount Carmel (Wichita, Kan.), according to the Wichita Eagle.

        RB Lache Seastrunk

          • Temple, Texas

          • Temple H.S.

          • Scouts Grade: 83

          • ESPN150 Rank: 20

          • Position Rank: 5

          ESPNU 150 running back Lache Seastrunk rushed for a season-high 134 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown, in Temple's (Texas) 31-14 victory over Killeen (Texas), writes the Temple Daily Telegram.

          "This is an awesome feeling, but we've got to get back to work tomorrow," Seastrunk said, "It's anybody's game now."

          Seastrunk is undeclared, but considering Oklahoma among a group of finalists that also includes Auburn, LSU, USC and California.

          ATH Justin McCay

            • Shawnee Mission, Kan.

            • Bishop Miege H.S.

            • Scouts Grade: 80

            • ESPN150 Rank: 142

            • Position Rank: 13

            Oklahoma commit Justin McCay caught two touchdown passes for Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) in its 36-13 win over Blue Valley North (Overland Park, Kan.), according to the Kansas City Star.

            S Ahmad Dixon

              • Waco, Texas

              • Midway H.S.

              • Scouts Grade: 84

              • ESPN150 Rank: 15

              • Position Rank: 3

              ESPNU 150 safety Ahmad Dixon, a Baylor commit, intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to cap Midway's (Waco, Texas) 20-0 shutout of University (Waco, Texas), the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.