Big Red Recon: Junior Day Part Two on Deck for Nebraska
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Big Red Recon: Junior Day Part Two on Deck for Nebraska

March 29, 2019

Nebraska has returned from spring break so practices have resumed and we are quickly approaching the annual spring game. The Huskers hosted some big visitors this week and will have plenty more prospects on campus this weekend for the second Junior Day of the cycle. 

There was also huge news that broke last night involving the Huskers’ number one target: 4-star offensive tackle Turner Corcoran‍.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Logan Smothers‍, quarterback, Athens, Alabama

2020 Needs

QB 0 DL 3
RB 1 MLB 2
WR 2 OLB 2
TE 1 DB 3
OL 4 K/P 0


The Recon:

>> Nebraska is hosting its next Junior Day this weekend. There won’t be the same level of overall talent in attendance this time compared to the first one. However, there will be some important targets on campus. The 2020 group that will be in town is headlined by 4-star outside linebacker Quandarrius Robinson‍ from Birmingham, Alabama. It’s huge to get Robinson on campus and the Huskers have a great opportunity to make a big impression.

Another intriguing 2020 prospect making the trip to Lincoln is Paula Vaipulu. The center prospect stands at 6-foot-3 and 303 pounds, and plays with a mean streak on film. The Texan has the look of the type of lineman that offensive line coach Greg Austin would like.

I’ve also been able to confirm a trio of 2021 prospects that are attending who are all high priorities for the staff. 

  • Elkhorn South offensive tackle Teddy Prochaska
  • St. Louis cornerback Jakailin Johnson
  • Kansas City outside linebacker Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan

>> According to his dad, Huskers quarterback commit Logan Smothers will be attending the spring game. It will be the Smothers’ first trip back to Lincoln since they drove up to commit in person to the staff. The spring game visit list will really start to grow soon. Smothers will be a playing the role of peer recruiter that weekend. 

>> Last night, 4-star offensive tackle Turner Corcoran‍ eliminated Ohio State from consideration for his commitment. I spoke with him and ultimately the distance was too big of a factor to overcome. I still really like Nebraska’s chances with Corcoran. He said he isn’t sure if he will make it to the spring game but “of course” he will consider coming. If that visit happens, it’s safe to put him on commit watch. 

>> There will be another visitor coming to town for a practice next week. Jordon Simmons, a 3-star running back from Georgia, told me that he will be in Lincoln. He holds a handful of offers, including Georgia, Michigan and Mississippi State. He originally planned to make it to Nebraska’s first Junior Day but his transportation fell through. 

>> The Huskers hosted 4-star linebacker Kaden Johnson, the top prospect in the state of Minnesota, for a practice this week. After talking with Johnson, I would not be surprised to see Nebraska remained in the thick of things with him right to the end. He’s a terrific athlete who also plays basketball. If Nebraska gets him back on campus for a game with his family, I like the Huskers’ chances to land him.

>> If you want a player to buy stock in for this season, Collin Miller looks like a safe bet. A lot of people behind the scenes are singing his praises as a player that will really surprise people this season. Spending an offseason knowing he was just playing inside linebacker could do wonders for him. There is big potential for him to be a disruptive player this season if the light comes on and stays on. 

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