Nebraska's 2018 recruiting class got smaller Thursday evening when Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide receiver Manuel Allen announced on Twitter he was decommiting from NU and flipping to Louisville.
"Respect my decision! No turning back!" Allen wrote in his tweet.
Allen, a consensus four-star, had committed to NU at the April 15 spring game. He then revisited Lincoln in June for the Friday Night Lights camp. He didn’t immediately respond to a request from The World-Herald for comment.
The decision is the second time in three cycles that Nebraska has lost a receiver commit to Louisville. In the 2016 cycle, NU believed it had secured a silent commit from receiver Dez Fitzpatrick — who had originally committed, then decommitted from Louisville — before Fitzpatrick ended up recommitting to the Cardinals just before signing day.
Nebraska has long had receiver recruiting drama and adventures that span several coaching staffs. Just recently, NU got a re-commitment from Cameron Brown, who committed in May, decommitted in June and then verbally pledged again to Nebraska last week.
In the 2017 recruiting cycle, NU wooed Tyjon Lindsey away from Ohio State, but lost, more than once, the commitment of slot receiver Jamire Calvin, who was silently committed to Nebraska, then publicly to Oregon State, then publicly to NU, then signed with Washington State.
The Huskers have two receiver commits for 2018 — Brown, and Yoakum, Texas, star Joshua Moore. Both are four-star players.