Published Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm / Updated at 5:00 pm
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Signing Day has taste of drama once again

LINCOLN — There turned out to be some last-second drama after all for Nebraska.

After it appeared that Tre'vell Dixon had de-committed from NU a second time, the three-star athlete from Baldwin, La., signed with the Huskers on Wednesday.

West St. Mary coach Marquis Newsome told HuskerOnline.com that Dixon made the decision Wednesday morning.

That pushed the Huskers’ recruiting class to 26 players overall. It was ranked No. 18 nationally by Rivals.com as some of the final moves were going down.

Dixon followed the commitment Tuesday from offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson out of Houston. Johnson was going to be the last name added by Nebraska until Dixon’s reversal after the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder had landed briefly on Arizona State’s list of commits.

Also Wednesday, one of the last names on the Huskers’ board, two-star athlete Jacquille Veii, picked Maryland over NU and Iowa in a webcast announcement from The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md. Veii’s head coach, however, told The World-Herald on Tuesday that Veii already had told NU, Maryland and Iowa coaches of his decision.

It all provided at least some signing day suspense for Nebraska, but probably not matching that of a year ago. Nebraska waited until just after noon in 2012 to hear touted offensive line prospect Andrus Peat say he was going to Stanford, a decision Huskers coach Bo Pelini didn’t know until watching Peat’s announcement on ESPNU.

Nebraska, however, did finalize the expected letters of intent from Vincent Valentine, Aaron Curry and Alonzo Moore on signing day last February.

Three years ago, Nebraska snagged quarterback Brion Carnes and safety Corey Cooper on signing day, but lost out on defensive end Owa Odighizuwa to UCLA in another nationally televised announcement.

Aside from Dixon, most of the hay turned out to be in the barn already for 2013 with a class that includes five Rivals.com four-star prospects — linebacker Josh Banderas, defensive end Randy Gregory, linebacker Marcus Newby and I-backs Terrell Newby and Adam Taylor.

The class also is heavy with offensive linemen (six) and defensive linemen (four ends, two tackles). Four junior-college transfers will be among those vying for immediate looks as Nebraska comes off a 10-4 season and Big Ten Legends Division title.

Defensive tackle Maliek Collins out of Kansas City, Mo., was among the NU recruits taking part in Omaha.com chats Wednesday morning with readers and explaining reasons he picked the Huskers.

“Other schools weren’t as straight-forward and just told me what I wanted to hear instead of what I needed to hear,” Collins said. “Nebraska was very honest.”

Veii came onto NU’s radar late. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder was seen as a defensive back and potential kick returner for NU, but instead will join a future Big Ten rival with Maryland.

“He’s got blazing speed,” said Tad Shields, head coach at The Avalon School. “He ran a sub-4.3 (40-yard dash) at the Maryland camp. I think that’s kind of his calling card.”

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Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and some general assignment tasks, including the College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

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