1. More Miami is never a bad thing. The Huskers now have two defensive back commits in the 2020 recruiting class from Miami, and both Henry Gray and Delancy play for power programs. That Nebraska could draw both is impressive. One of NU’s top corners now is Miami Southridge graduate Dicaprio Bootle, and his success helps show defensive backs from Florida can acclimate to the Big Ten and flourish there. Nebraska’s efforts are definitively helped by the presence of NU defensive backs coach Travis Fisher, who has recruited the region for years and has cache there. Nebraska’s third defensive back recruit in the 2020 class, Tamon Lynum, is from Orlando.
2. Versatile, skilled athlete who knows how to cover at corner and safety. Delancy plays for Miami Northwestern High School, which produced Husker legend Lavonte David regularly wins state championships. The standards are high and these guys know how to play defense with an edge. Delancy is a smart defensive back who can press, play off-man and knows how to play combo coverages that hand off receivers to other defenders. Miami Northwestern doesn’t look like most high school teams on defense. Delancy will come to Nebraska with a good grasp of the game — not just some reasonable understanding of how to play in the secondary.
3. Delancy is likely to be a weight room guy. He had a decent offer list — Louisville (where he was once committed), Washington State, Missouri, Central Florida and Wake Forest, among others — but he’s legitimately 165 pounds or so, and he’ll probably need 10 to 15 more pounds to play at Nebraska. That doesn’t mean he can’t play early, but like Lynum he’s probably a four-game redshirt type. His three-star recruiting ranking isn’t as gaudy as Gray's, but on tape there isn’t a dramatic difference in their skill sets. Fisher likes long, lean, hard-hitting athletes who will grow into their frames after a year at the training table. We don’t know quite yet how the formula will play out — the Fisher high school recruit who’s played the most, Cam Taylor-Britt, came to Nebraska a grown man — but Fisher is consistent and committed to his template.
Ronald Delancy, a three-star defensive back from Miami, announced his commitment to Nebraska on Tuesday.
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