Nebraska football will have to be on the hunt for another linebacker in 2021.
By now, you’re probably all heard that linebacker Christopher Paul Jr is decommitting from Nebraska football. All told, it’s a minor blow for the position, as he was a very talented player. His skill set would have allowed him to potentially become a fixture on the Nebraska football defense.
The three-star recruit was the 30th overall inside linebacker in his class, and the 60th overall player in his class from the state of Georgia per the 247Sports composite rankings. Most recently, he officially visited Cincinnati on June 19.
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Last year was a big year for him at the high school level, as he established himself as a dominant player. Playing for Crisp County high school, he recorded 157 tackles, and 4.5 sacks. He also forced a fumble, and recovered two fumbles as well.
I remember I was really excited when he committed to the Nebraska football program. I thought he would be able to provide an instant impact as well as become a fun player to watch on Saturdays. Now, it appears he will look to take his talents elsewhere.
I hope Nebraska football has something up their sleeve to replace him. Nebraska football has a lot of outside linebackers in their class, with four linebackers in total. Maybe they could move one of those outside linebackers to the inside. I’m not sure how practical that would be, but it’s not like they are lacking linebacker depth. Linebacker’s a position they have recruited really well in the last two classes.
This is not a huge loss for Nebraska football, but I would’ve liked to see him play in Lincoln. It will be interesting to see what Nebraska football has up their sleeve, as well as how they plan to fill the gap. Maybe, the solution will come in-house. Maybe, once recruits are allowed to visit campuses, they will get another commitment.
I never like to see kids decommit from Nebraska. I like to think that Nebraska is a special place to play, and it definitely is. However, the Huskers will definitely have a chance to restock their inside linebacking group for the 2021 class.
I’m happy Paul decided to leave Nebraska right now, instead of electing to leave in the middle of next season, therefore not allowing Nebraska the chance to do anything with that empty roster spot. I certainly wish him the best, and I hope he can find a situation that works for him.