Highly touted running back Kendall Bussey of New Orleans Isidore Newman high school — a longtime Husker commit — announced Friday that he will play college football at the University of Tennessee.

Bussey, who committed to former NU coach Bo Pelini, opened his recruitment after Pelini was fired by the Huskers.

New Husker coach Mike Riley reportedly impressed Bussey in a visit to New Orleans on Dec. 12 in which he tried to convince the running back to come to Nebraska. In a Twitter post the previous day, Riley described the upcoming meeting with Bussey as a "big" visit and said he wanted to "finish strong" after a series of talks with recruits.

Bussey — who was previously Nebraska's lone running back and top-100 recruit for the 2015 class — picked the Volunteers over Nebraska, Texas A&M and Indiana. Bussey said A&M and Tennessee were the two final teams under consideration.

The Louisiana prep star — who set various school records this season — visited Tennessee one week before he came to Lincoln for the Huskers' 35-14 win over Purdue on Nov. 1.

Bussey's father, Kendall Bussey Sr., previously stated multiple times that Nebraska was in the running for the talented ball-carrier, but added that his son has "loved" Tennessee ever since he attended a track meet in Knoxville as a 10-year-old.

"I'm fighting for Nebraska," the elder Bussey said. "But he's the one who has to make the choice."

Here's video of Bussey's Friday announcement via Nola.com:

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