By NU Athletic Communications
LB/FB, 6-1, 225, Madisonville, Texas (Madisonville HS)
A talented two-way standout, Alonzo Whaley committed to the Nebraska program in January. The 6-1, 225-pound Whaley is one of nine Texas natives in the 2008 Husker class, and could line up at either linebacker or fullback. Whaley was a standout throughout his career at Madisonville High, but showcased his ability to find the football as a senior. Whaley racked up 162 tackles during the 2007 season, helping Madisonville and Coach Greg Morgan to a 9-2 record. In addition to his huge tackle numbers, Whaley also forced eight fumbles, recovered five and scored on an interception return. Whaley's play earned him Defensive MVP honors in his district, along with first-team Class 3A all-state honors from the Texas Sportswriters Association. Whaley also earned first-team all-state honors in 2006, helping his team to a 7-4 record, while making 172 tackles. Whaley is ranked among the top 100 players in the state of Texas by Rivals.com and among the top 100 players in the Southwest region by SuperPrep Magazine. He also ranked among the nation's top 50 weakside linebackers by Scout.com. Whaley visited Oklahoma State and Louisiana Tech and drew strong recruiting interest from Baylor, Missouri, Texas A&M and Arizona State. Whaley is the son of Annie Whaley, and was born on Jan. 4, 1990.