Yes, Nebraska football lost a recruiting battle to the Kansas Jayhawks

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 11: Carter Stanley
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 11: Carter Stanley /

The Nebraska football team knows it’s going to lose some recruiting battles. It’s still got to hurt to lose one to a team like the Kansas Jayhawks.

While the Nebraska football team is aware that they are going to lose a recruiting war against top tier teams, it always hurts a bit more when they can’t close against programs that are struggling mightily.

Anthony “Pooka” Williams, a highly regarded running back chose the Kansas Jayhawks over Nebraska and others during the early signing period. For a couple of days, it looked like he might go back on his commitment.

Pooka took a couple of extra days. Maybe he was thinking about the Huskers offer.

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Maybe he was thinking about signing with LSU. Whatever he was thinking about, in the end, he decided to sign with Kansas after all.

The original decision to become a Jayhawk was made about 10 months ago. Since that commitment, he’s been pressured by some of the best schools in the country.

Pooka might have only been rated a three-star grade by Rivals, but ESPN has him as a four-star running back and he’s considered a five-star athlete. It’s no wonder why the Huskers and Tigers were hoping he’d change his mind.

LSU and Nebraska were the other finalists. As LJ World points out, Williams shocked the football world when he decided to commit to Kansas last spring.

It’s a safe bet that Kansas being his supposed destination convinced Scott Frost and the rest of the Husker staff he might be swayed with the right sales pitch.

It turns out he could not be swayed. That’s good news for Kansas. It’s also good news for people who like to see players honor their commitments.

The good news is, the Nebraska football team got its top of the line running back in Greg Bell. Still, it’s never pleasant to lose recruiting battles to the bottom of the Big 12.