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The Curious Case of Nebraska Football Commit Aphonso Thomas


Aphonso Thomas (Van, Texas) committed to Mike Riley’s Nebraska football program so early that it still had that new car smell. Whether the talented running back will actually be part of the Cornhuskers’ 2016 class is still up in the air.

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The Big Red flipped former Kansas State commitment Tre Bryant this past week. Bryant is listed as the No. 7 running back overall by 247Sports, while the 247Sports Composite Index has him ranked as No. 41 overall. Regardless, he’s one of Missouri’s best athletes.

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Nebraska also hosted current Michigan commit Kingston Davis for its whirlwind victory over Michigan State. Davis is a beast of a back already (6-1, 225). Surely he had to like what he saw as the Huskers used a similarly built Imani Cross to get the job done against the Spartans.

Long story short: it appears that the Huskers are attempting to woo other running backs. Whether or not Thomas is okay with this has yet to be made official, but it’s safe to say that the Big Red’s doing everything it can to make sure that should he decommit, they have other options (enter Bryant).

Bryant and Davis appear to be the only backs that Nebraska has been putting the most work into getting into the fold right now.

The good news is that they look to bring in a very large class, so there will be room for Thomas if he wants to stick around, but communication between the two sides seems infrequent as of late.

— Written by Brandon Cavanaugh, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Be sure to follow Brandon on Twitter @eightlaces and like his Facebook page.