This weekend, Nebraska will host its first pair of big events for the summer with the Friday Night Lights camp and the Adidas Pipeline Camp. This weekened will be a bit quieter in terms of official visitors with only Iowa outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson and Florida running back Marvin Scott III scheduled to be in town for their official visits. There will still be plenty of talent on hand for the camps though, and new names will continue to emerge from those events.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska
Turner Corcoran, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas
Logan Smothers, quarterback, Athens, Alabama
>> Speaking of the camps, Omaha Burke wide receiver Xavier Watts is now expected to be on campus for an unofficial visit on Friday. Not a bad sign for the Huskers, although they still have some serious competition from Notre Dame and Michigan.
>> Since Nebraska has its 2020 quarterback in Logan Smothers, I’ve already spent a good amount of time talking about the 2021 QB board and Nebraska’s evaluations there. The best way I can describe what is happening at the position now is that it’s fluid. That is not a bad thing. The Huskers are operating from a position of strength so they can take their time and get deep evaluations for the 2021 group. I will say that new offer Santino Marucci seems to be rising up the board quickly. He will be in town for the June 21 Friday Night Lights.
>> There is a prospect that has been included in multiple Greg’s Guys list that we haven’t talked too much: junior college wide receiver Omar Manning out of Kilgore Community College in Texas. He has great size at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. He would really provide something the Huskers don’t have currently moving forward. I’m told that he will be visiting Nebraska soon.
>> Summer official visits are upon us for Nebraska. This weekend, priority outside linebacker target Blaise Gunnerson will be in town for the fourth time since the season ended. Expect Gunnerson to get the red-carpet treatment this weekend in hopes of him leaving Lincoln committed. The Huskers have a real shot to close the door on this recruitment and win it over Iowa State.
On the 21st, Georgia linebacker Choe Bryant-Strother will take his official visit. He tells me that his mom is joining him and that he is really looking forward to seeing what Nebraska has to offer after speaking with the coaches so much. Arizona linebacker Malik Reed will also be in for his official visit that weekend. The Huskers are battling Wisconsin and UCLA for the defender but are getting the last visit from him before he hopes to make a decision.
>> One in-season official it appears we can count on is Deerfield Beach, Florida, cornerback Chris Townsel. The defensive back was spotted at a camp that the Huskers attended in Florida wearing a Huskers shirt. I spoke to him briefly and he told me that Nebraska is one of his top schools and he plans to visit in September for a game.
>> Despite junior college defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey committing to Oklahoma and JUCO defensive end Ali Gaye committing to LSU recently, I still feel good about defensive line recruiting this cycle. The big reason is that high school defensive line recruiting is in really good shape. Since Tony Tuioti got to Nebraska and made California defensive lineman Jamar Sekona a priority, I’ve had confidence in the Huskers landing him and my prediction for him to be ‘N’ reflects that. Nash Hutmacher, a 4-star defensive tackle, is all done with official visits after trips to Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin. I haven’t heard anything yet that shakes my confidence in him joining Nebraska’s class sometime this summer (likely July). If that all comes to pass, Nebraska will end up with a great defensive line class.
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.