The countdown is on. We are just about one month away from the start of the college football season and it can’t get here soon enough. In one week, Nebraska will begin fall camp and we will be able to starting sorting out some of the big questions heading into Year 2 of the Frost Era.
On the recruiting front, we are coming out of the dead period and the Huskers can have prospects on campus for visits for the next week and a half. There is a lot to discuss including in-season visit news.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska
Alex Conn, offensive lineman, Derby, Kansas
Turner Corcoran, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas
Blaise Gunnerson, outside linebacker, Carroll, Iowa
Nash Hutmacher, defensive tackle, Chamberlain, South Dakota
Tamon Lynum, cornerback, Orlando, Florida
Will Nixon, wide receiver, Waco, Texas
Logan Smothers, quarterback, Athens, Alabama
>> Let’s start things off with a bit of interesting news. At this point in time, I’d describe the Huskers chances of getting Jahkeem Green on campus as a coin flip. That’s the way it was recently described to me by Highland assistant coach Judd Remmers. Green’s classes are going well and will be over July 31. Right now, we will just see which campus he shows up on between Nebraska and Texas Tech.
>> Since Nebraska has its 2020 quarterback, the 2021 signal caller recruiting is in full swing. The player that most fans seem to want the most (for good reason) is Texas dual-threat Dematrius Davis. I exchanged a couple of messages with him and he is currently on a swing of schools in the southeast and will also see Texas A&M again. The good news for Nebraska is that Davis and his family plan to come to Nebraska for the Ohio State game this fall. Another nugget that helps Nebraska is that Davis’ father is a long-time Union Pacific employee and that connection can’t hurt the Huskers.
>> Florida defensive back Chris Townsel included the Huskers in his top four and told Hail Varsity that he will be in Lincoln in September for a game. He said he wants to commit on his birthday (Oct. 30) but isn’t ruling out a decision before then. I’m not 100% sure that visit will happen that early though. I think the Huskers will wait with Townsel to see how players ahead of him on the board play out. Rutgers, USF and Iowa State are his other top schools.
>> Things seem quiet so far on the visit front for Nebraska during this week and a half stretch where the Huskers can host visitors. One prospect who will be in town next week is New Mexico tight end Connor O’Toole. He’s an intriguing target because he’s such a good athlete and has posted a 10.7 100-meter dash at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. Nebraska has the ability to be very selective with which tight end it signs (if any) during the 2020 class. Texas tight end Donovan Johnson told Hail Varsity that he will be taking an official visit in the fall. My sense is that Johnson’s recruitment won’t last much longer than his official to Lincoln.
>> Earlier this week in a notebook, I talked about the youth in Nebraska’s offensive line group and it would affect recruiting that position group for the rest of 2020. Things may not be slowing down. I got a message from Chandler Durham (6-4, 280) from Georgia who told me that he will be visiting officially for the Ohio State game.
“I really can’t wait to see what type of energy Nebraska gives off and to see the school and the state,” he said when asked what he’s looking forward to most.
Durham doesn’t have much recruiting interest right now but there is no way Nebraska would waste a visit for the big game on someone they didn’t like a lot.
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.