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#21 Mikale Wilbon
Position: I Back
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 190
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
High School: De La Salle Institute

Chicago prep standout Mikale Wilbon joins the Nebraska program after an impressive career as a running back at De La Salle Institute. The 5-9, 190-pound Wilbon is part of an exciting group of offensive skill players in the Huskers' 2014 class. Wilbon joins offensive lineman Tanner Farmer as signees from the Illinois prep ranks, giving Nebraska seven signees from Illinois in the past five years. That follows a five-year period from 2005 to 2009 when Nebraska did not have a signee from the state. Wilbon posted impressive numbers each of the past two years despite battling injuries in both 2012 and 2013. As a senior, Wilbon helped Coach Dan O'Keefe's team to a 6-6 record and a trip to the Class 6A state playoffs. Wilbon rushed for better than 1,200 yards in six games before being sidelined by injury. Wilbon was limited to four games as a junior, but managed 863 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in his time on the field. Wilbon burst onto the scene and earned attention from recruiters in 2011 when he rushed for better than 1,600 yards as a sophomore. Rivals.com lists Wilbon among the top 175 overall prospects in the country and the No. 9 prospect in the state of Illinois. Both Rivals.com and 247 Sports also listed Wilbon among the top 20 running backs in the country in the 2014 class. Wilbon chose Nebraska over an impressive list of scholarship offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi State, Missouri, Penn State, Purdue, Syracuse and Vanderbilt. Wilbon is the son of Fredrick Meriweather and Kelly Wilbon, and he was born on Dec. 22, 1994.

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