Nebraska wasn’t able to play a football game on Saturday but that didn’t stop head coach Scott Frost and his staff rom having a big recruiting win on the trail.
Antioch (Calif.) High defensive end Jailen Weaver gave his commitment to Frost and the Huskers, choosing the Big Ten program over his other finalists in Indiana and Tennessee. He is tabbed by the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 48 weak-side defensive end.
The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Weaver is commit No. 20 for Nebraska in the 2021 recruiting cycle, adding to a class that now ranks No. 20 nationally per the 247Sports Composite.
“I’m happy Nebraska got Jailen and he’s committed and the process is coming to an end but the journey continues,” his trainer Shamawn Wright tells 247Sports.
“Nebraska is getting a kid that is very hungry, someone that wants to be a petter person, a better player, a better student, a better athlete. They are getting someone that is very loyal. He’s a loyal person, he’s a good teammate, just someone that likes to be around good people. They’re getting a hard worker, someone that has overcome a lot of adversity to get where he is at right now.”
Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti led the charge for the Huskers on the trail.
“He picked the Huskers because of the relationship he has with Coach Tony and how Coach Tony was really consistent and he talked to him like he was a regular person,” Wright explained. “Not specifically about football, but moreso trying to get to know Jailen. He fell in love with that. It’s different not being able to go see the facilities right now, but it was more so the relationship he had with him and Coach Frost and the thing Nebraska had to offer academically, athletically and after football as well.”
Other offers Weaver had included Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Washington State and Texas A&M. He is a high upside versatile defender that could have an impact in a variety of ways up front for the Huskers.
“Jailen is very athletic,” Wright said. “I remember watching Jailen when he was a freshman, he was very raw. When he got older he was always someone that loves to be around sports. Plays football, played basketball and ran track. He went to state in track and as a sophomore he played football and basketball on varsity. He is someone that is very athletic, strong, fast, knows how to use his arms and he’s going to be a good player for Nebraska. They can use him in different areas on the d-line.”