Nebraska Cornhuskers tight ends coach Sean Backton working with his players during practice
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Big Red Recon: Positioning for June Continues for Huskers and Prospects

May 14, 2021

We have entered a bit of a quiet time with Husker football right now. Spring football has wrapped up and the players have mostly gone home for a break. The coaching staff is getting some needed relaxation and time with family. The team reports back to Lincoln the weekend of June 4 which will also kick off camp season and official visits.

Still, things are still happening behind the scenes.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> In talking with Bellevue West coach Mike Huffman on Thursday, he dropped two names to keep an eye out for. Offensive lineman Henry Rickels and running back LJ Richardson could see their stocks rise here over the month of June.

“Things have not blown up for Henry and LJ yet,” Huffman said. “I really think that if we had normal recruiting here where these schools were coming in and out, those two guys would have Power Five offers. I think they eventually will. They’re both going to that Lindenwood camp in June.”

Rickels is a player that Nebraska seems to be interested in. He’ll be at a Nebraska camp in June for the program to get a better look at him. We’ll see what Richardson’s fit within Nebraska’s system would be like but he should get more offers with a strong summer.

>> Atlanta 4-star quarterback MJ Morris has delayed his announcement. It was supposed to be May 12, but now Morris tells me that he doesn’t have a date. He could take his decision into the season. That’s both good and bad for Nebraska. Locking up a 4-star talent like Morris would be great but the team would prefer to meet with the quarterbacks on the board in person before accepting commitment. This timing might not work out. Nebraska does want to have workouts with Richard Torres, A.J. Blanco and others.

>> A recruit I spoke with earlier this week is definitely on the rise. Outside linebacker/ defensive end Chandavian Bradley will end up being a national recruit. The 2023 prospect (6-5, 210) has top 100 recruit in the nation potential. He plans to go to camps at Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Ohio State this summer. The Huskers got in on the ground floor by getting him to the spring game but the competition will get thick quickly.

>> One early enrollee that we didn’t hear anything about this spring was offensive lineman Branson Yager. All I know at this point is that he wasn’t with the team at all this spring. His status is unknown but it would surprise me if he returned to Lincoln.

>> Kansas athlete Jaren Kanak continues to blow up on the recruiting trail. Penn State is the latest school to offer him a scholarship. I expect him to try and schedule a visit to check out the Nittany Lions. He’s still keeping him official visit to Nebraska on June 4. He will do a private workout for Clemson on June 1. With new schools coming in, the feeling is that Kansas, Kansas State and Washington State are fading and he won’t end up taking trips to those schools.

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