Decommitments are an inevitable reality in college football recruiting, but that hasn’t been the case for Nebraska during this cycle.

The Huskers have not lost a commitment in the 2017 class and are one of 10 teams out of 64 from Power Five conferences that can say that, according to the 247Sports database. The others include: Clemson, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Oregon State, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

Recruits decommit for a myriad of reasons. Coaching staffs change, bigger programs come calling and some believe they’re a better fit in a different system. Coaches can also drop recruits that pose an academic risk or didn’t develop the way they expected.

It’s happened to the Huskers in the past, for the reasons mentioned and more, but they’ve avoided all of it this cycle.

All 15 of NU’s pledges have remained firm throughout their commitment, the longest of which (Willie Hampton) has lasted nearly nine months as a Husker commit. It includes recruits from faraway places like Delaware, California and Florida that remain comfortable leaving home for Nebraska. There’s even one — Guy Thomas — that remains committed despite not having visited Lincoln before.

The most encouraging part of this for Nebraska, though, is that other schools haven’t been able to poach their commits. Most all of the recruits continued to receive attention from other schools despite their commitment to Nebraska, but that hasn’t been enough to sway them. Only one, Robert Porcher, has taken an official visit to another school (Michigan) since committing to NU.

The Big Ten has also avoided decommitments better than the other Power Five conferences. Big Ten teams have lost a total 27 commits for an average of 1.9 per school. The other conferences: Pac 12 (30 total, 2.5 average), ACC (38, 2.7), Big 12 (40, 4.0) and SEC (66, 4.7).

Iowa leads the Big Ten with five decommits, including three recruits from Texas that have dropped their pledge within the last five weeks. Michigan and Ohio State rank behind the Hawkeyes with four each; Indiana and Rutgers each have three.

They all pale in comparison to the national leaders in decommits — Miami with 12, Tennessee with 10 and Baylor with eight.

There are still about two months left in this recruiting cycle, and a decommit can strike at any time. But if NU can continue to hold on to the 15 recruits it has now, plus add more of its top targets, the Huskers are well on their way to finishing with a top-25 class.

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