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Big Red Recon: Huskers Adjusting on Fly to Make June Puzzle Pieces Fit

May 21, 2021

We have crossed the 100-day threshold until college football returns. We are so close yet so far from what many assume will be full stadiums across the country this season. Before we can get there, a lot of work has to be done for the Huskers. Players are returning from a short break as summer conditioning is ramping up. There is also a huge month looming as the dead period expires at the end of this month.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Needs

QB 1 DL 2
RB 1 MLB 2
WR 1 OLB 2
TE 1 DB 3
OL 3 K/P 0

The Recon:

>> Each day Kansas athlete Jaren Kanak picks up new offers from around the country. Michigan, Florida, Texas A&M, and USC are some of his most recent offers. Kanak is going to have some interesting decisions to make about where he visits in June. I’d be surprised if he still visits Kansas, Kansas State and Washington State. He will go workout for Clemson on June 1. That could lead to an offer from the Tigers. He’s still got that official visit to Nebraska lined up for June 4. Otherwise with the heavyweights of college football coming in now, all bets are off.

Edit: Since this went live, Kanak was offered by Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma among others.

>> This week the Huskers made the top 10 for Alabama quarterback Connor Harrell. He’s a quality prospect that the Huskers have been working on for a while. Things are getting pretty fluid at quarterback for the 2022 class. It’s preferred that the coaches get to see these guys throw in person before gaining a commitment. The staff would also like to sit down with the players in person to get a true feel for them.

That’s where the recruitment of 4-star MJ Morris gets a little tricky. He still indicates that he could make a decision before taking official visits. If he does that it could lessen the chances of him being a Husker. We’ll see but Richard Torres and AJ Blanco are always viable options at this time.

>> One of the local players in the 2022 cycle that hold a lot of intrigue is Lincoln Southeast linebacker Jake Appleget. Nebraska will take advantage of the new rule allowing schools to have private workouts with players for one hour by having one with Appleget in early June. He’s in consideration to be a player that gets an offer from the team and that workout will go a long way.

>> I’ve been able to confirm that Massachusetts linebacker Tyler Martin will be taking an official visit to Nebraska June 11 weekend. The former Michigan commit (6-3, 235) might be down to just Nebraska and Arizona. What’s interesting here is that Martin could end up projecting as an inside or outside linebacker in the Husker defense. The team needs outside linebackers and another versatile player is always welcome. Martin came to Lincoln for a self-guided tour previously and is now looking forward to being around the coaching staff.

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