Jaeden Gould thought it would be a USC Trojan, as many pledged to the program in the early fall.
Of course, the show cut ties with Clay Helton in September, kicking off the wildest coaching carousel in recent memory. The sweeping changes created what was almost a secondary draft for the New Jersey native. But the show he’s playing for was there even before USC was.
“I will commit to Nebraska,” Gould said. Illustrated Sports. “The coaches are great, I feel like the team is there in terms of success as well. They played some tough games with some pretty good teams last year.
“They just need a couple more pieces to turn it around.”
Scott Frost and his staff sold the Bergen Catholic star of Oradell, NJ, for being part of the change, but familiarity with the Huskers roster also played a role in the decision to end the process in the Big Ten.
Gould withdrew from the USC engagement on December 1 and the first coaching staff to come to see him during the NCAA contact period will be the one to sign him as a member of the 2022 recruiting class.
“Almost the day after my release, they were already at school,” he said. “I have a teammate, Rahmir Johnson, who goes there. One of my coaches is a GA there too, so I felt comfortable with them compared to other schools that were starting. I felt like it was a familiar environment with them.” .
“I always had a good relationship with them, even from my first year when I visited them for the first time. Then I made my official visit and I really enjoyed it. It was great, they love their football! They sell a lot in every game. Only the community , the school, everyone is engaged. “
Despite several additional shows rushing to the recruitment of SI99, which ranked 74th nationally this year and fourth among nickel defensive back projections, Gould was able to see the time at Blackshirt’s high school. .
“They feel that with my skill set and my size, I can play anywhere in the high school, from corner to safety to nickel, whatever they need,” he said. “That’s important to me, to use everything in my ability to achieve my goals, so I feel like that defense will help me develop.”
Michigan State, Florida, Rutgers, Penn State and Maryland were some of the programs the older ones, weighing 6’2 “, 190 pounds, said they had been in contact with. New USC staff, whom Gould originally was considering continuing in the fall, it was less consistent, especially compared to Nebraska, which, along with less familiarity in the new cross-country program coaching staff, led to the entire recruiting process reopening.
Now, Gould will sign a National Letter of Intent to Nebraska on Wednesday morning, officially ending the process less than 24 hours after a final verbal commitment.
“It’s great, this process from my first year has been nothing more than a blessing,” he said. “It has its moments where it can get a little hectic, stressful, overwhelming, but it’s a blessing to be able to sign and play Division I football. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I stepped on a soccer field.”
Nebraska has its first SI99 recruit on board at Gould, which is Frost’s twelfth verbal engagement in the class.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.