The last few weeks have been busy with Nebraska hosting a lot of official visitors, plus key targets for unofficial visits. With a road game this week, nothing will be happening on campus but there is still plenty to catch up on. There are new targets emerging for the Huskers and we are entering crunch time for some big targets.
The upcoming bye week will allow the staff to get out on the road and visit recruits.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska
Alex Conn, offensive lineman, Derby, Kansas
Turner Corcoran, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas
Ronald Delancy III, defensive back, Miami, Florida
Henry Gray, defensive back, Hollywood, Florida
Rodney Groce, linebacker, Pleasant Grove, Alabama
Blaise Gunnerson, outside linebacker, Carroll, Iowa
Nash Hutmacher, defensive tackle, Chamberlain, South Dakota
Tamon Lynum, cornerback, Orlando, Florida
Sevion Morrison, running back, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Will Nixon, wide receiver, Waco, Texas
Marvin Scott III, running back, Port Orange, Florida
Logan Smothers, quarterback, Athens, Alabama
>> Alabama pass rusher Jimari Butler got an offer from Nebraska earlier this week. The defender stands at 6-5, 210 pounds and is growing into a constant threat to get after the quarterback. I spoke with Butler briefly about the offer and he was genuinely surprised that it came. He isn’t all that familiar with the Huskers but he told me that he has watched a couple of their games on television. Butler did also say that if the Huskers invite him to Lincoln for an official visit, he will definitely make it happen.
>> There were a lot of fans up in arms this week when Coach Scott Frost said on Monday that freshman running back Rahmir Johnson is ready to help the team but that the staff plans to redshirt him anyway. Allow me to present an alternate theory. Given Maurice Washington’s constant troubles, it makes complete sense to me that the team wants to save a year of Johnson. The New Jersey running back can essentially serve as an insurance policy for if the day were to ever come that ties must be cut with Washington. Not saying that will necessarily happen, but Frost has the luxury of playing the long-game in some spots and I believe this is one of them.
>> Last weekend, I caught up with 2021 Utah defensive lineman Omarion Fa’amore (6-2, 255) to get his thoughts on visiting Nebraska for the game against Northwestern. The defender was blown away by what he saw in Lincoln. So much so that he is already planning on taking an official visit to Lincoln. It wouldn’t surprise me if that visit happens during the spring.
>> There is a new junior college offensive lineman to watch over the coming weeks. Iowa Western’s Kobe Rios took an unofficial to Nebraska during his bye week for the Northern Illinois game. He didn’t have an offer then but was told to be patient by the staff as they completed an evaluation on him. Rios has informed Hail Varsity that offensive line coach Greg Austin will be at his game during the Huskers’ bye week and if all goes well he will get an offer. Rios has an official visit set to Maryland later in the season but I expect the Huskers to be real contenders if that offer happens.
I only see Nebraska taking one more offensive lineman this cycle and a JUCO interior lineman makes a lot of sense.
>> Something was said this week that flew under the radar. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Casey Rogers is embracing his role of being under the wing of the veteran linemen in his room.
“I think it’s the best [thing] that could have ever happened to me to be in the same room as all those guys,” Rogers said. “The amount of stuff I learn from watching them every day and picking up the stuff they teach me. They won’t be here next year and we will be a young defensive line. I will have to use the stuff they taught me. It’s very important for me to pay attention to those guys and how they act on and off the field. I can pick up pass rush moves or how to stop the run, little technique things so I can use them next year.”
Rogers went on to say that Darrion Daniels is like a big brother to him as well. I am very impressed with how Rogers has handled his role and believe it will pay off big down the line. It also serves as an example to other young players of how to handle yourself while getting prepared for your time to shine.
>> The Huskers have recently been on quite a roll in the state of Florida. tTe Miami area, in particular, after adding Ronald Delancy III and Henry Gray. They are both at powerhouse programs. Both defensive backs are actively recruiting for the Huskers and believe that if they can get guys from the area to visit, they will be blown away just like they were. It’s definitely something to keep an eye on with all the talent in the area and Miami struggling.
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.