Running back Terrell Newby (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) took his first official visit over the weekend and the Nebraska Cornhuskers made a statement.
"It was a pretty great expereience for me going out there," said Newby, who has been to Nebraska several times, though never for a game. "The biggest thing that stood out was the game-day experience--walking out of the tunnel with 85,000 screaming fans. What really stood out was the fans. I don't think there are any fans like them. They're like that if it's 20 degrees out."
Newby made the trip with his mother, father and younger brother. On the previous trip, he was with his father and was only able to show his mother video clips of the trip.
"She was really overwhelmed," Newby said. "Most of the fans knew who I was and people knew who my dad was, too.
"That is the best visit I've taken so far -- even though it was my first official. Out of all the unofficials, that was the best."
His host on the visit was sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah, and Newby said he hit it off with the Nebraska players while he was able to tour the campus and dorms. He also quickly stumbled upon one of the perks of the official visit.
"They made sure I stayed full," Newby said. "It was never long between meals and it's what the team eats. No wonder those linemen are so huge out there."
Newby said he was able to spend valuable time with the coaching staff as well, including head coach Bo Pelini, offensive coordinator Tim Beck and running backs coach Ron Brown. In his past meetings with coaches, he was able to get a breakdown of the offense through video, but Saturday offered a live look at the offensive system.
"Seeing it live was kind of different," Newby said. "I saw it in motion and how they use the backs. Sometimes there are three backs on the field at the same time, which is pretty innovative. It's pretty similar to a lot of the things we run at Chaminade, so I'd probably be a little better prepared for it. They rotate guys in and out and I think it would be a really good system for me."
From this point, Newby will continue the recruiting process without a timeline set for a decision. He has a top four that includes California, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington, but he is open to adding schools, as Arizona State, Boise State and UCLA have expressed growing interest of late. The Sun Devils and Broncos have offered, while the Bruins are gauging his interest before deciding if an offer will be extended.
Newby is sure that his next official visit will be to Oregon, likely sometime in October.
"I definitely don't have a set timeline, but I'm kind of itching to get these visits wrapped up," Newby said. "I want to take more than two, so we're talking about visiting Washington and California also. The Cal visit is probably more likely after the season."