Nebraska’s staff has been out on the road for Week 2 of the evaluation period. There have been a lot of offers that went out all over the country. It will be interesting to note how many of the new 2020 offers are able to make it to campus this summer for unofficial visits, official visits or even for the big events like Friday Night Lights.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska
Turner Corcoran, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas
Logan Smothers, quarterback, Athens, Alabama
>> A new 2021 quarterback offer went out to Ty Keyes from Taylorsville, Mississippi, this week. Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco went by his high school to see him throw and offered him on the spot. I exchanged some messages with Keyes who told me that it was a big offer but he doesn’t know anything about Nebraska. He was surprised at the offer and said he’s hearing from a wide range of schools right now from Penn State to Alabama.
> > Speaking of Mississippi, keep an eye on what the Huskers are doing in the state. A number of offers went out to 2020 and 2021 prospects this week down there. Recruiting Mississippi this hard is relatively new for Nebraska but the state produces good talent on a consistent basis. If the staff can get on the prospects early, it could help steer them away from the SEC or Mississippi State/Ole Miss in particular.
>> Earlier this week, I spoke with DJ Taylor, a defensive back from Florida. He could be a real name to watch if the Huskers can get him on campus. He has more than 25 offers currently but not many from the SEC yet. Getting him to Lincoln for Friday Night Lights could give the Huskers a big boost since he already has a family member that attended Nebraska for college.
>> One player that Nebraska is high on for its Duck-R position is Texas athlete Quin Bright. Unfortunately for Nebraska they haven’t been able to get Bright on campus yet and sources tell me a decision is coming at the end of this month. I’m being told that Baylor and Texas Tech are the two finalists with Tech being the leader in the clubhouse.
>> Sources indicate that Verduzco will be back in Texas next Monday to see 2021 quarterback Dematrius Davis throw. Assuming all goes well, this visit could solidify Davis as Nebraska’s quarterback of choice in the 2021 class. Davis visited Lincoln this spring and was impressed with what he saw. He’s building a strong relationship with Verduzco.
>>After doing some digging, I’m told that more transfers from scholarship players would be a surprise. However, there will likely be 10 or so walk-ons who move on. Frost and company want to create an environment where being a walk-on is also earned at Nebraska. The staff is pretty honest with guys if there isn’t a true path to helping the team, keeping the communication open.
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.