Big Red Recon: New Interest
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Big Red Recon: New Interest, Visits and Targets in Focus For Huskers

November 08, 2019

Nebraska is back on a bye week for the second time this season. This time around, the Huskers don’t just need to get healthy. They also need to continue pounding the pavement to uncover new targets and push the interest forward of top targets. 

They are doing that as we’ve seen a number of new offers go out, in addition to multiple visits being set up. There is a lot of hard work ahead but there is still time to add to the 2020 class before Dec. 18 hits. 

Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska

Marquis Black‍, defensive lineman, McDonough, Georgia

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

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

2020 Needs

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


The Recon:

>> I wrote earlier in the week about how valuable it can be to be in position to take advantage of change around college football. We have definitely seen that play out with the way Nebraska has approached Florida State’s commit list. One player to watch is Seminoles defensive end commit Josh Griffis. The IMG Academy prospect told me that he will be visiting Nebraska for the Iowa game and is eyeing a trip to Louisville. The Huskers were recruiting him back before he committed to Florida State so there is a relationship there.

>> There is another Seminoles commit on the line to keep an eye on. Zane Herring, an offensive lineman from Madison, Florida, told Hail Varsity late Thursday night that he will be visiting Nebraska for the game against Wisconsin. He will be joined by his dad and hopefully his brother. I asked Herring what he is most looking forward to on the trip.

“I would say I look forward to spending time with the coaches and getting to know them,” Herring said. “Also, just taking everything in and having an open mind because everyone that I’ve talked to has said Nebraska is very beautiful.”

It sounds like the Huskers will get a fair shot to make a move with the Herring who stands at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds.

>> Remember Regen Terry? The Arizona pass rusher took an unofficial visit to Lincoln over the summer and then took an official visit for the Northern Illinois game. I caught up with Terry briefly to get an update on his recruitment. He told me that he will make his college decision on Dec. 18 and sign that day. At this point, it looks like a Boston College versus Nebraska battle for him. 

>> A number of JUCO offers went out from Nebraska this week. This is actually pretty common as junior colleges have enough game tape for teams to get a full evaluation on rising prospects. There are a few that I am intrigued by who recently received an offer. Defensive end/outside linebacker DeVere Levelston has seen his offer sheet balloon. After getting his offer from Nebraska he picked up Virginia Tech, Illinois and Arizona. Levelston told me he will sign in December and enroll in January.

I’m also intrigued by Julius Coates (6-6, 270), a defensive end from East Mississippi Community College. The Colorado commit grew up in Illinois and has expressed an interest in playing at a school closer to home. A visit is being set but not in stone just yet.

>> Nebraska is still recruiting wide receiver Justin Robinson (6-4, 200) very hard. His teammate and Husker commit Marquis Black confirmed to me that Scott Frost and Troy Walters will be at their school today to see their regular season finale. Despite being a Georgia commit the relationship between the Huskers and Robinson continues to grow. There is a clear need for a receiver like him on the roster. 

>> Jimari Butler, a 2020 outside linebacker, told Hail Varsity that he will visiting Nebraska for the Iowa game with his mom. Butler (6-5, 210) hasn’t been playing football long but is very athletic. His stock has risen in a big way recently. He’s picked up offers from TCU, Tennessee and Ole Miss recently among others. Butler is an intriguing developmental pass rusher moving forward. 

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