LINCOLN — Nebraska’s Fourth of July present is another pass-catching option for a squad whose receivers may have struggled more than any others in the Big Ten in 2019.
Latrell Neville — a 6-foot-3, 195-pound three-star prospect from Missouri City, Texas — announced on Twitter Saturday that he’s committed to the Huskers. Neville had offers from Virginia Tech, Auburn, Baylor and Arkansas, among others.
Neville’s decision was not a big a surprise. He’d been trending toward the Huskers since decommitting from Virginia Tech on June 6. When he announced weeks ago that he would declare his new commitment July 4, the expectation was that Nebraska would be the winner.
His modest stats in 2019 — 30 catches for 276 yards, according to MaxPreps — were related to transferring close to the start of the season. His coaches at Missouri City’s Hightower High chose a slot role, where he caught more screen passes than deep balls.
Neville remained a priority for NU even when he picked Virginia Tech in April. He committed there, in part, because Houston’s top quarterback prospect was also pledged to the Hokies. But when Dematrius Davis decommitted and flipped to Auburn, Neville dropped Virginia Tech as well.
Neville, a grandson of R&B legend Aaron Neville, said NU receivers coach Matt Lubick had been recruiting him harder than others. And his reputation as a coach and developer of players at Oregon was a key factor in Neville’s interest.
Neville also liked the freedom of Scott Frost’s offense, in which a receiver can play just about any spot on the field.