ORLANDO, Fla. - As part of a top recruiting class at Nebraska, defensive end Jared Crick doesn't get as much attention as some of the others. It didn't seem to bother him as he played well during the East Meets West All-American game this past weekend racking up tackles and a quarterback sack.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder was talked about a lot during the week of practice about being extremely hard to block. That showed in the game as he and the West defense led the charge to a 35-25 victory over the East. Crick now is ready to get to the next chapter, staying in-state at Nebraska.
"I'm definitely solid," Crick said about his commitment to Huskers. "Just being a Nebraska boy and always wanting to be a Husker, this is perfect. That's what's really kept me solid through and through."
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Crick says that the secret for the solid West defense during Saturday's game was about quickness not size.
"We knew that they were big up front," Crick said about the East team. "We also knew we were a lot quicker and stronger in areas. We just went out and used that to our advantage.
"We ran some stunts and stuff, but other times we were just doing what we do best."
As for his performance, the constant worker Crick says that he still knows he can get better. He hopes to continue to work on his abilities before getting to Lincoln.
"Hopefully what is to come at Nebraska in my career is better than what I did here tonight," Crick said. "I'm working hard so time will tell."