5 Thoughts on Friday Night Lights
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5 Thoughts on Friday Night Lights

June 16, 2018

On Friday night, Nebraska hosted it’s first of two Friday Night Lights camps in front of roughly 2,000 fans at Memorial Stadium. There were about 300 prospects in attendance with a nice mixture of in-state and out-of-state prospects. Here are my five thoughts on the event. 

>>There was an impressive group of players brought in from Las Vegas. an good group of targets to Lincoln. First, one player jumped out and I couldn’t believe he is a 2020 prospect. He didn’t work out but tight end Darnell Washington‍ was impressive standing on the sidelines at 6-7, 238. Second, 2020 defensive back Micah Bowens was impressive throughout the evening showing good speed and ball skills all night. The Bishop Gorman prospect performed well enough to pick up an offer from Nebraska on Saturday.

>> One player that stood out at wide receiver above almost any other was 2019 WR Trustin Oliver‍. The Legends High School product from Colorado doesn't have an offer from the Huskers yet, but was as impressive as any camper out there. After talking with incoming freshman defensive end Tate Wildeman, a high school teammate, I learned that Oliver has a high upside. The 6-3 wideout has offers from Utah, BYU and Colorado State currently. Nebraska could opt to see him perform during his senior season before offering. 

>>Sticking with the wide receiver position, 2020 4-star WR Zavier Betts‍ from Bellevue West stood out once again. Each time I’ve seen Betts I’ve been impressed with his performance. The well-built prospect (6-2, 196) ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash to go along with a 32-inch vertical. I’m expecting a big junior season from him.

>>When I was on Hail Varsity Radio previewing the camp with Chris Schmidt, I told him that the most exciting thing to me about the camp series is discovering new talent that bursts onto the scene. My pick to fit that bill was 2021 defensive back Avante Dickerson. He ripped off a 4.41-second 40-yard dash and jumped a 34-inch vertical after measuring in at 5-11, 165 pounds. He was good all night in coverage and multiple current Huskers remarked to me how impressive he was.

>>Another name to keep an eye on locally is 2019 linebacker Luke Reimer. He has good size (6-1, 201) and clocked a 4.53 40-yard-dash. He was shown attention all evening by outside linebacker coach Jovan Dewitt. The Lincoln North Star prospect is becoming an intriguing candidate for a scholarship offer from Nebraska. 

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