After a near-win against Ohio State on the road, Nebraska returns home to take on Illinois. Since Nebraska has been improving steadily, this has the makings of a big Husker win. Unfortunately, since the game kicks off at 11 a.m. CT, there won’t be any action with official visitors in town.
There are some intriguing future prospects and walk-on candidates that will be in attendance, though. I sound like a broken record but Nebraska is in a very favorable position right now with its 2019 recruiting class. There are still more dominoes to fall.
Let’s get to the recon.
Matthew Anderson, offensive lineman, Leesville, Lousiana
Bryce Benhart, offensive lineman, Lakeville, Minnesota
Desmond Bland, offensive lineman, Yuma, Arizona
Darien Chase, wide receiver, Vancouver, Washington
Tony Fair, defensive tackle, Pima, Arizona
Jackson Hannah, linebacker, Nashville, Tennesee
Nick Henrich, linebacker, Omaha, Nebraska
Chris Hickman, tight end, Omaha, Nebraska
Rahmir Johnson, running back, Oradell, New Jersey
Michael Lynn, offensive lineman, Greenwood Village, Colorado
Luke McCaffrey, quarterback, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Dedrick Mills, running back, Garden City, Kansas
Jamie Nance, wide receiver, Blanchard, Oklahoma
Garrett Nelson, defensive end, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
Mosai Newsom, defensive end, Waverly, Iowa
Quinton Newsome, defensive back, Suwanee, Georgia
Ethan Piper, defensive tackle, Norfolk, Nebraska
Garrett Snodgrass, athlete, York, Nebraska
Ronald Thompkins, running back, Loganville, Georgia
Javin Wright, defensive back, Chandler, Arizona
>> Earlier this week, I highlighted junior college linebacker Celestin Haba's Hudl tape. I reached out to the pass-rushing linebacker from Scottsdale Community College to see where things stood with the Huskers. Haba said that he is still in contact with the staff but he thinks they are waiting to see how his grades turn out.
Haba is scheduled to graduate in the spring. Nebraska’s preference is to take JUCO players that will graduate in December, so we will see where things stand with Haba after the early signing period.
>> This weekend, 2021 offensive lineman Hayden Conner from Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, will be making his fourth trip to Lincoln. It’s pretty unusual for an out of state prospect to make that many trips to Lincoln but Conner will be one of the top offensive linemen in his cycle. He is slated to arrive on Friday so that he can visit the College of Engineering.
Conner is not coming alone either. He's bringing two teammates, 4-star OT Bryce Foster and running back Casey Shorter. I expect Conner to narrow his list soon even though he is two classes away. Nebraska is in a great position with him.
>> I have another name for you to keep in the back of your minds. Lolani Langi, a 3-star outside linebacker from Utah, has been under the radar but is very interested in Nebraska. I exchanged some messages with him and he told me that a visit to Nebraska after the season is going to happen.
>> Former TCU DE/OLB commit Myron Warren from Many, Louisiana, is also looking to set up a visit post-season. Warren is an intriguing edge rusher who has lots of interest from schools in the south. The Huskers are battling Texas and LSU for his signature.
>> Oklahoma may have provided Nebraska with a bit of an assist this week. The Sooners picked up a commitment from a junior college offensive lineman Finley Felix. Now that the Sooners are out of the mix, it could clear the way for Iowa Central offensive tackle Myron Cunningham to end up at Nebraska.
>> As we approach the end of the season, more players will be looking to flip their commitments or transfer. The teams that benefit from that will be programs that are stable. Nebraska’s coaching staff is very stable despite a slow start. Look for the Huskers to be mentioned a lot over the next couple of months with players looking around. Since Nebraska will have some extra scholarships, the Huskers will certainly have the flexibility to add to the program.
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.