Nebraska Football: Rodney Groce Jr. adds physicality, instincts to defense

CHAMPAIGN, IL - SEPTEMBER 29: General view of a Nebraska Cornhuskers helmet is seen before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CHAMPAIGN, IL - SEPTEMBER 29: General view of a Nebraska Cornhuskers helmet is seen before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Nebraska Football picked up another big commitment on Friday.

Nebraska Football has added another defensive stud to the fold. 2020 three-star inside linebacker Rodney Groce has committed to the program. He made the announcement via Twitter earlier in the day.

Groce is the 22nd overall player in the 2020 class, and the 25th overall player in the state of Alabama per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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Groce had also received offers from the likes of Auburn and Alabama. On the Nebraska front, he was recruited by defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and linebackers coach Barrett Ruud.

This is the 12th overall commitment in the 2020 class, one that ranks 33rd nationally and ninth overall in the Big Ten per the 247Sports Team Rankings. This is a class that, after starting out slowly, is beginning to form nicely. It will be interesting to see where Nebraska will look towards on the recruiting trail as they continue to build this class. I like where this class is headed, more so than I did a couple of months ago.

In watching his film, he is extremely instinctive. He sees a play develop, and goes up and tries to make the tackle. That style will fit well with Nebraska, as they have a bunch of linebackers who are very active both in the run and the pass game. At 6-foot-1, 230 pounds, he also has a very solid frame. Today’s brand of linebacker is smaller, and he fits well within the game in that respect.

According to a report from Mike Schaefer of 247Sports, Groce really liked the atmosphere at Nebraska last weekend. That is certainly a testament to you, the fans. This is not the first time I have heard tremendously positive reviews about the atmosphere in Lincoln last weekend. Kudos, guys.

"“What mainly stood out about the visit for me is the coaching staff and the loyal fans that Nebraska has,” he said. “That really caught my eye.”“I know what kind of team they have,” he said. “With Nebraska playing under the great coaches they have, I know they will move past this loss and bounce back and only get better from this point.”"

I really like the fact that Nebraska wants to continue to reload defensively. Defense is going to be the name of the game for the next couple of years.  It sounds like Nebraska is preparing for the inevitable graduations of some of their top players. I like that they are thinking ahead and trying to get the best players they see fit. It just goes to show that a coach’s work is never done.

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It will be interesting to see how Nebraska Football rounds out the class. So far, the class is looking very good. Now, it is all about putting the pieces together and making sure that this recruiting class meshes with the rest of the team.