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For Northern Illinois recruit Jevyon Ducker, a chance to make an impact early and a faith in the coaches bringing him on are the driving forces in becoming a Huskie.
A three-star running back recruit from Bellevue, Nebraska, Ducker brings the type of running back pedigree that Huskies coach Thomas Hammock has been clamoring for.
“Their résumé speaks for itself,” Ducker said of his soon-to-be coaches. “Especially at a [running back] standpoint. With Coach Hammock coming from Wisconsin, and then the [Baltimore] Ravens’ [running backs] coach, and on top of that, coach [Atif] Austin coming from the [New England] Patriots and [North Dakota State University]. It was almost not even a question. They know how to win, and they know how to Coach RBs. I believe they will turn the program around, and it was something I wanted to be a part of.”
As a senior, Ducker ran for 2,100 yards and 39 touchdowns and won a second Nebraska High School football state title this past season at Bellevue West, which is in the greater Omaha area.
“We won state as freshmen, and it meant a lot to the whole team, but to the seniors, to be able to actually contribute to the cause and finish out our high school careers with a state championship meant so much,” Ducker said.
Ducker possesses breakaway speed that the Huskies have missed on the offensive side of the ball. He will enroll in school for the spring semester. He had a knack for finishing in the end zone, rushing for 110 touchdowns, a Nebraska 11-player record.
“For us, we want production. We’re looking for guys that were productive players over the course of their career,” Hammock said.
Ducker said that the early start will help him to be an early leader.
“Be coachable and to be heavy-hearted, [be] in the playbook and knows the in and outs, and I think those are some attributes to being a leader for this team,” Ducker said. “And I think Hammock must also think that, and that is why I was recruited and offered a scholarship.”
The incoming back aims to hit the ground running.
“I hope to start getting into the routine of the football schedule and start looking into the playbook and ultimately start working with Coach Austin,” Ducker said.
Ducker intends to study nursing.