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Nebraska Football: Ohio Defensive Back Tony Butler Commits To The Huskers Wednesday

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FINALLY, we get a commitment to kick off the end of the 2016 recruiting cycle.

Tony Butler is a Husker
Tony Butler is a Husker
Tony Butler/Twitter

There have been a lot of hand wringing and worrying about when the next Nebraska Cornhuskers verbal would be coming down the pipe. It has been warranted, since the last Husker verbal was both Tre Bryant and Caleb Lightbourn back in November.

Now? There's a reason to celebrate.

Cornerback/Safety Tony Butler, who played at St. Edward HS in Lakewood, Ohio, has committed to the Huskers on Wednesday afternoon with an announcement at his HS.

Butler chose Nebraska over Arizona State and West Virginia. He also had offers from Michigan, Clemson, Iowa, Indiana and a slew of other FBS & Power 5 schools.

You see in the video that Butler played a lot of Safety. However the Huskers and Brian Stewart see Butler more in a Cornerback/Nickelback role, although he could very well slip back to Safety.

Butler had a final bunch of schools like Arizona State or West Virginia on his radar, but he never visited either school officially. He came to Lincoln on December 11th, and a visit to Arizona State was cancelled last weekend. A home visit by Stewart and Nebraska HC Mike Riley back on Monday sealed the deal for Butler.

The commit comes at a great time where Nebraska needs several players to fill out a 2016 recruiting cycle with 25 or possibly more players. This could signal a domino effect with others pulling the trigger very soon, as soon as this weekend.

With the commitment of Butler, the Huskers jump three spots in the 247 National rankings to 32nd, just above Texas. They will stay stagnant in the Big Ten rankings due to the gap they had between themselves & fifth place Wisconsin.

Who else could the Huskers be getting? A big visit weekend should get some names and commitments, and we'll have that for you at your best FREE place to get Nebraska Recruiting news.