Lavonte David - Linebacker
Lavonte David comes to Nebraska as one of the most highly sought-after junior college defenders in the country. The 6-0, 215-pound David has spent the last two years as a leader for Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, helping his team rank among the nation’s best each of the past two years. David will have three years to complete two seasons of eligibility at NU, and is one of two members of the 2010 class from Fort Scott, joining offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick. In 2009, Fort Scott went through the regular season undefeated before losing in the JUCO national championship game. David ranked among the Jayhawk Conference leaders in total tackles and tackles for loss in 2009, racking up nearly 10 tackles per game, while recording 19.5 tackles for loss totaling 65 yards. David excelled in the narrow loss to Blinn Junior College in the national championship game and was named Defensive MVP of the contest. During his first season under Coach Jeff Sims at Fort Scott in 2008, David led the Jayhawk Conference with 93 tackles. His play helped the team to a 9-2 record and No. 6 final national ranking. For his strong play the past two seasons, David was a two-time first-team All-Jayhawk Conference pick and was a Region VI All-American in 2009. He is ranked as the No. 7 overall junior-college prospect in the country by Rivals.com, which also lists him as the No. 2 linebacker. SuperPrep lists him among the top 40 JUCO prospects in the country. David is originally from Miami, where he played at national prep powerhouse Miami Northwestern. While he was at the school, Northwestern won back-to-back state titles in 2006 and 2007, while finishing with unbeaten records each year. In 2007, Northwestern was listed as the No. 1 team in the country by USA Today. David also considered South Florida, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor and Tennessee among others. David is the son of Lynette David and was born on Jan. 23, 1990.