The Nebraska football team might be changing its focus to getting ready for the regular season, but that doesn't mean recruiting is taking a back seat. mike riley and company know that in order to build sustained success, they are going to need to get the best of the best into Lincoln. That includes defensive end Cameron Latu, who just happens to have announced he's going to be choosing his school "soon."

Latu took to Twitter to let the college football world know he was going to be announcing his school.

Now Nebraska and the rest of his favorites will have to sit idly by and wait for him to choose. Of course, sitting idly by isn't really what college coaches do. It's a safe best the Husker coaches, as well as others who were in Latu's final group will be working hard to make sure they're the school he names, when he names one.

Nebraska football needs a top defensive lineman

Cameron Latu certainly fills a need for the Nebraska football team.

The Huskers are trying to rebuild a defense that fell on hard times in the final years of the Bo Pelini era. The first years of the Mike Riley era weren't much better. It was the defensive struggles that led to Riley firing his first defensive coordinator and long time friend, Mark Banker.

Bob Diaco was brought in to turn the defensive around but he's going to need top notch talent to do it. Latu is exactly the kind of player the Nebraska football team needs in order to install hi 3-4 defensive not just this year but in the future.

The 2018 recruiting class is already one of the best the school has had in years. There's quite a bit of optimism around the program because of it. At the same time, it was recently announced that there are two 2017 signees that won't be joining the program. That includes a defensive lineman. That makes the addition of Latu, who is the eighth best weak-side defensive end in the entire class. He's also the second best player in the entire state of Utah.

Because of his stature, the Nebraska football team is going to have its work cut out for it. There are plenty of other high profile schools going after Latu.

Alabama likely Nebraska football's biggest rival

Latu has not tipped his pick just yet, but it appears the Alabama Crimson Tide is the team to beat. The Nebraska football team target has taken two unofficial visits to Alabama in the last few months. It's a safe bet Nick Saban and company are making a compelling case for why he should be joining them. Riley and company will have to counter that. We should know soon whether they're successful.

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