Baylor, Nebraska add defensive commits

Recruiting's a little easier when your targets are only a few minutes away. Baylor coach Art Briles knows.

Cornerback Ahmad Dixon, an ESPNU 150 member and one of the best recruits in Bears history, signed with Baylor in February out of Midway High School in Waco, Texas. So did Levi Norwood, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound receiver that ESPNU ranked as the No. 93 receiver in the country.

Now, Briles has mined Midway once more, receiving a commitment from Beau Blackshear, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end.

"I wanted to go ahead and make my decision and not have to worry about it my senior year," Blackshear told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "I've had a good feeling about Baylor for a while. By staying close to home, my friends and family can see me play."

The commitment gave Briles seven pledges for his 2011 class.

Nebraska also added a commitment for defensive coordinator Carl Pelini's secondary.

Daimion Stafford, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., committed to the Huskers on Wednesday.

Stafford is Nebraska's first junior college commit for 2011, and eighth overall commitment. Three of those commitments are members of the ESPNU 150, and the eight commits hail from seven different states, with Stafford becoming the second player from California to pledge to play for the Pelinis beginning in 2011.