Nebraska received a commitment from Gilbert (Ariz.) Higley defensive end Ty Robinson. Three takes on the decision of the 6-foot-6, 285-pounder:

1. In-state ties surely helped, but Nebraska didn’t take any chances and recruited Robinson right. Because Robinson’s mom, Tresha, is from O’Neill, there was always a decent chance he was headed this way. But Robinson was a coveted player because of his size, strength and the growing embrace of the 3-4 defense at the collegiate level. Alabama was in. So was USC. Nebraska was, too, but the Huskers went over-the-top — in a good way — sending head coach Scott Frost and all 10 assistants to Robinson’s house for an in-home visit. That’s no joke. Nebraska has never done it before, and it worked.

2. A classic 3-4 defensive end who fits snugly in the Big Ten. Robinson and 2018 signee Tate Wildeman fit the bill as right-sized guys who can take on offensive tackles and set the edge on running plays. This season, NU’s defensive ends were smaller, so defensive coordinator Erik Chinander pinched them inside — into more of a Bear or Eagle front — so they weren’t swallowed whole by Big Ten tackles. It didn’t necessarily help against power-running teams. Robinson should hold up better, and he can push the pocket on pass plays with a bull rush.

3. A foothold in Arizona is a very good thing. A ton of Husker snowbirds winter in Arizona, and NU has an excellent alumni and booster base down in the desert. NU should be able to pluck one or two prospects from the state each cycle. In this one, Robinson and cornerback Javin Wright signed with Nebraska, and NU is still after a few more in Arizona. In the pecking order of states Nebraska should recruit, Arizona may rate in the top 10.

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