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Nebraska Recruiting: Defensive Lineman Pheldarius Payne is N!

JUCO DE and Pass Rushing Threat Flips from NC State


Great news from the Electric City!

Start blowing up air mattresses, because the house is getting crowded! Pheldarius Payne, 6-3 270lb three star defensive lineman from Scranton, Pennsylvania has committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers! Pheldarius, who is a first-teamer on the all-name team, is a JUCO product from Lackawanna Community College. He was a full qualifier out of high school, so is a 4-for-3 player. Having been a commit with NC State since July, is was surprising when he took an official visit to Lincoln, and a big shock Monday when he decommitted after his official visit to NC State. Things move fast with JUCO recruiting, and today he announced his commitment to the Huskers.

I know I’ve said it before, but let me just say it again: defensive lineman highlights are the best highlights. There were a lot of quarterbacks taking ice baths after this video. With 4.9 speed, Pheldarius can get in the backfield in a hurry. With several refined techniques at is disposal, he is nearly unblockable. He took his JUCO team to the national championship game this season, where he forced a fumble and ran it back for a touchdown. Suh, anyone??? He plays with an edge, and doesn’t stop until the second whistle. He can chase down running backs, and throw them backwards, it was pretty awesome. I only wish he would tackle lower, I’m pretty sure he got called for horse collar on one tackle in his highlight film. But a tough, fast, technically sound defensive lineman who has played in a true 3-4? You just have to like it.

Welcome to the Husker family, Pheldarius! GBR!