This week has been very busy with all sorts of news related to Nebraska football. However, not much of it relates to recruiting since we are back in a “dead period” and the staff is getting some much-needed time off before spring ball starts up next month.
Once spring practice starts, expect recruiting news to pick up significantly since Nebraska likes to host prospects for practices.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Logan Smothers, quarterback, Athens, Alabama
>> The search for hybrid outside linebackers is a focus in every recruiting cycle. The 2020 cycle will be no different and Nebraska has the interest of an intriguing player out in Washington. Pater Latu, a 3-star outside linebacker, stands at 6-foot-4 and 225-pounds and his film shows that he is a terrific athlete. Latu told me that he is extremely interested in the Huskers due to the tradition, fans and the coaching staff. While he doesn’t have an offer from the Huskers yet, look for him to come out to Lincoln sometime this spring.
>> We can cross one potential graduate transfer off the list for the Huskers. Former Penn State wideout Juwan Johnson was a name to watch since he fits the “big-bodied” wide receiver that so many covet at 6-foot-4. He announced on Thursday that he will atend Oregon to finish his college career.
Nebraska will likely still be in the market for a grad transfer pass catcher but things have not really gotten off the ground with the last two known targets, Johnson and Miami’s Lawrence Cager.
>> Earlier this week in a recruiting notebook, I mentioned that Fast Houston, a very good 7-on-7 team in Texas, would be making an unofficial trip to Lincoln. That group has a pair of 4-star cornerbacks on the team: Dwight McGlothern and Lorando Johnson. In addition, highly recruited 2021 wide receiver Latrell Neville is also on the roster. The group is loaded and Nebraska would be wise to get them up to Lincoln early and often.
>> It is never too early to talk quarterbacks, right? Earlier this week, Dematrius Davis, a 2021 dual-threat quarterback from Texas, tweeted that he would be visiting Nebraska soon.
I reached out to Davis and he told me that he really likes quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco and that he and his parents really want to get to know coach Scott Frost. Davis is well aware of Frost’s history at UCF and as a player. He also wants to be around a winning coach and said Frost fits that. The dates are being worked out for him and his family to make it to Lincoln this spring.
Davis was the MaxPreps sophomore of the year, racking up 3,350 passing yards with 43 touchdowns. He completed 71.6 percent of his passes and also ran for 421 yards and six scores while leading his team to a state championship.
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.