There are only eight days left until Signing Day, and as the blue-chip list dwindles, there is added pressure on those who are left. The college coaches feel the pressure, and certainly the ballplayers are started a feel it. This is the time when most uncommitted players become edgy, surly and downright hard to find. The only measure of comfort, I can give them is that it will be over soon.
Offensive lineman Lydon Murtha (Hutchinson, Minn.), the top prospect in the Gopher State, has switched his commitment from Minnesota to Nebraska. He had a great visit to Lincoln this past weekend and has decided to join teammate Nathan Swift at Nebraska. It is a tough loss for the Gophers and a major coup for the Cornhuskers. During my spring and summer travels, I felt that Murtha was one of the top two tackles I had seen on film and in person. He looks thin at 6-foot-8, 320 lbs. and proved to be very light on his feet playing both guard and tackle.
His commitment also give Nebraska recruiting a major boost when it is sorely needed. This past weekend, was one of the best the Cornhuskers have had in years. They not only landed Murtha, but also Omaha's Cortney Grixby, the top prospect in the state of Nebraska. Grixby is a superior athlete, who could wind up play either wide receiver or cornerback.