LINCOLN — Tamon Lynum liked the Nebraska scholarship offer a lot before he visited NU’s campus this weekend.
Once the 6-foot-2, 175-pound cornerback from Orlando, Florida, arrived and got a feel for how the Husker players and coaches do business, he loved Nebraska’s offer. He committed Sunday, becoming the fourth player in NU’s 2020 class.
“It just feels like home,” Lynum told The World-Herald. “Everybody gets along and everybody loves each other. It’s like a big family.”
Before visiting Nebraska, Lynum’s top school was East Carolina. But he expected Nebraska would be his top school once he visited.
NU was his first Power Five offer; it led to several others. Husker defensive backs coach Travis Fisher favors tall, long defensive backs who can play multiple positions in the secondary. He also likes defensive backs who can hit and contribute on special teams.
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Lynum — unrated by Rivals and ESPN and a three-star prospect according to 247Sports — is physical.
The first play on his junior season Hudl highlight tape is a blow-up (and legal) tackle that levels a back to the ground and gets his teammates hopping on the sideline. Lynum often played in press coverage for Evans High School, locking up opposing receivers before they could progress into their routes.
“He liked my size, my speed, how I moved,” Lynum said of Fisher, who coached for years at Central Florida in Orlando.
Fisher has strong relationships throughout Florida, and has recruited another cornerback — redshirt freshman Braxton Clark — from the state, as well. The 6-4 Clark is one of NU’s key player recruiters, often hanging out with various visitors who come into town, especially those from Florida.
Lynum is the first defensive back — the first defensive player, in fact — to commit to NU’s 2020 class.
Nebraska’s short on scholarship numbers because of the departures of Cam’ron Jones and CJ Smith, both of whom redshirted their freshman years last season. While Fisher and coach Scott Frost are high on the incoming class of four defensive backs, Nebraska needs another big secondary class to balance its numbers. NU has eight scholarship defensive backs — if one includes cinco JoJo Domann — who are upperclassmen and six underclassmen.
Nebraska may not be done landing commits this weekend or this week, either.
Derby (Kan.) offensive tackle Alex Conn intends to make a final decision between Nebraska and Oklahoma State on Monday. Chamberlain (S.D.) defensive tackle Nash Hutmacher and Carroll (Iowa) Kuemper outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson could have decisions this week between their finalists. NU has prioritized the commits of both.