On Friday night, Nebraska hosted its second Friday Night Lights Camp of 2019 in front of Husker fans on the first night of summer. This was the bigger of the two FNL events with plenty of big and familiar names on campus.
Here are my five thoughts on the event.
1. If you didn’t know any of the players ahead of time, it would not have been hard to spot the high 4-star wide receiver. Bellevue West’s Zavier Betts is a major talent and that skill was on full display on Friday night. His combination of size (6-3, 190) and speed is rare. He is a long strider so it doesn’t look like he’s moving that fast until he is past the defender. He is a potential game-changer at the next level.
2. Even though Betts stole the show, like Blaise Gunnerson did last week, there were several other players who stood out to me. Bishop Miege (Kansas) running back Brison Cobbins, 2021 wide receiver Davin Simms, Columbus High School’s Joseph Braasch, Johnson-Brock wide receiver Ty Hahn and Omaha Skutt defensive back Tyson Gordon all had really good nights. None of those players currently have offers but they all took steps in the right direction Friday night.
3. One of the most anticipated things about Friday Night Lights part two was seeing former Husker signee Dominick Watt out there competing. He did not disappoint. Watt was definitely out there with something to prove and had a good night. There was some inconsistency with his hands during the evening but he also made some plays that made you say ‘wow.’ He also had great rapport with the current Huskers at the event.
4. If the early returns are any indication, the Big Red BBQ was a huge success. So far every prospect I’ve talked to about the event just loved the experience. This staff knows how to put on big events and make everyone feel welcome. There could be a big weekend brewing for the Huskers on the trail.
5. There was a lot of recruiting going on out there on field as the camp was going on. There were seven official visitors out and about, plus several targets on unofficial visits. Caleb Tannor, Braxton Clark, Cam Taylor, Katerian Legrone, Adrian Martinez and others were all taking an active role. I’m sure the recruits in attendance couldn’t help but notice the good camaraderie with the Huskers out there as well. It looked like a fun night for everyone.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.