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Terry Wilson Joins NU

Terry Wilson, a quarterback from Del City, Oklahoma, became the fifth Husker commitment in the 2016 recruiting class Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of

Terry Wilson felt the pull. He'd talked it over with his mom and coach and they felt it, too.

"They were down with it 100 percent and I called Coach Riley. He was down, too. He was very excited," Wilson said. "I went with my gut. My heart, actually. And that's the outcome."

And what did Mike Riley say to his first quarterback commitment while serving as the Husker head coach? "Nebraska just got better today." That's what he said.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect from Del City, Oklahoma, became the fifth Husker commit in the 2016 recruiting class Tuesday night, and second addition in as many days, raising his hand a day after junior college linebacker William Johnson (Arizona Western Community College) did the same.

Wilson has a strong arm, but also some mobility to add to his allure as a prospect. His offer list was growing at a rapid pace in recent weeks.

Rated a unanimous three-star by the recruiting sites, offers included Indiana, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Colorado, Memphis, San Diego State, UNLV and Houston, among others. That Houston offer might interest some considering the Cougars are now coached by Tom Herman, who knows a thing or two about good quarterback play himself after serving as Ohio State's offensive coordinator.

Riley and Husker offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf have fared well with quarterbacks, too, and you can be sure that had Wilson's attention.

"The thing about Coach Riley, he's a truthful guy. He's put quarterbacks in the league," Wilson said. "And Coach Langsdorf was just coaching (Eli) Manning. So that's something you look forward to, being coached by those great guys."

Wilson has visited Lincoln before. It was at a camp last summer, when the previous staff was still here. Those coaches are gone. But Wilson's positive memories of the place remain.

Then Langsdorf stopped by his school a couple of weeks ago to watch the quarterback throw, putting the offer on the table from Nebraska.

Speaking of what his staff is looking for in a quarterback recruit, Riley told the Journal Star last week, "We want the whole enchilada if we can get it." He added: "If you were really to pin me down right now and say, 'OK, there's a great drop-back passer you can get, or there's also this good passer who's an excellent athlete,' I might take that (second) guy. I just might."

Perhaps that describes Wilson.

As a junior in high school, he threw for 2,854 yards, completing 54.5 percent of his passes, with 24 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. He also ran the ball for 194 yards.

Things the quarterback wants to improve on are being quicker about making reads and breaking down coverages.

"What I see as my strengths right now are my arm strength and being able to extend plays with my legs right now if I have to," Wilson said. "Just making things happen."

The Huskers have five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, and as last known, are scheduled to host pro-style quarterback Patrick O'Brien (San Juan Capistrano, California) this weekend.

What happens there is uncertain. With Wilson, however, the recruit was feeling no doubts about his decision Tuesday night. Certainly not after his conversation with the Husker head coach.

"When I told him the great news, he told me, 'That's great. You're who we needed.'"

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