- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Running back Terrell Newby (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) had an opportunity to take a closer look at one of his finalists this past weekend and came away impressed. Newby's final group includes California, Nebraska, Oregon and Washington, with an open and rotating fifth spot that features USC at the moment. But the Cornhuskers caught Newby's attention during an unofficial visit.
"I was blown away to see it in person," Newby said. "I had heard a lot about it, but to see everything they had to offer was eye-opening."
Newby was able to spend time with the players and coaches, tour the athletic facilities and watch film, but it was the people of Lincoln, Neb. that might have made the biggest impact.
"It was the whole ambiance of Lincoln," Newby said as to what specifically earned his attention. "It's strictly a football town and everyone out there is associated with Nebraska football. No matter your age -- young or old -- you're at the game every weekend. Everyone there is nice and they all knew about the recruits there. I was in the newspaper the first day I got there."
The Nebraska coaches outlined for Newby where he would fit into the offense, which the 5-foot-9, 185-pound tailback said included options in space, in the Wildcat and moved around the formation. But he was told he could also serve as an every down back and felt he would be utilized well in Nebraska's offense.
The trip, which he attended with his father, left a positive impression, and Newby said the Cornhuskers took a big step toward remaining in his top group.
"Nebraska definitely has a solid place in the schools that are standing out," he said. "To go out there and see what they have was amazing. I don't want to make a decision without seeing what all the schools have to offer. Football is the biggest thing they have there and I got to see every bit of that."
Newby said the rest of his summer will feature trips a little closer to home, as California, USC and UCLA will all likely receive visits.