Groce, Taylor-Britt

Rodney Groce, left, joins Cam Taylor-Britt, right, as a player the Huskers recruited out of Alabama.

Nebraska received a commitment from Pleasant Grove (Ala.) linebacker Rodney Groce. Three takes on the decision of the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder:

1. Heavy-hitting, athletic linebacker who is still seasoning. Groce gained 30-40 pounds in the offseason, taking him from a nickelback to an inside linebacker — and a good one. Groce can cover, rush the passer and play in the middle of a defense, making big hits on run plays. If he lands at inside linebacker, he projects well there and should be a quick asset on special teams.

2. Another Husker steal from SEC country. Nebraska grabbed an under-the-radar gem in Cam Taylor-Britt — who was once committed to Missouri but picked Nebraska on signing day 2018 — and has an intriguing prospect in outside linebacker Jamin Graham, a 2019 signee who is taking a year to redshirt and refine his technique. Groce is a similar player with a better offer sheet. He probably wasn’t going to land at Alabama or Auburn, but plenty of SEC schools — Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Tennessee among them — wanted him, as did Georgia Tech. Those are solid competitors and similar to the kinds of schools Nebraska beat for Jackson Hannah, Myles Farmer and Quinton Newsome in 2019. The more Nebraska wins recruiting battles like that, the better the talent will become.

3. The first in a series of defensive commitments? Groce visited Nebraska for the Ohio State game, as did several other defensive prospects. Muscle Shoals (Ala.) linebacker Jackson Bratton, Miami Northwestern cornerback Ronald Delancy and Minneapolis Minnehaha outside linebacker Kaden Johnson are names to watch over the next couple months.

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