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Big Red Recon: Signing Day Eve Momentum Building for Huskers

December 14, 2021

As we sit on the eve of the early signing period activity is picking up for the Huskers. We’ve seen several commitments in recent days. The Huskers have reshaped their entire specialist group. Adding a scholarship kicker and punter are good additions to the team. The defensive back room has also seen several new players added to it.

Let’s dive into what I’m hearing on signing day eve.

>> There could be another shake up with the Huskers’ 2022 recruiting class.

It doesn’t appear that Colorado wide receiver Grant Page will be signing with the Huskers during the early signing period. Page would be the second long-standing commit in recent days to not end up signing with the Huskers. Nevada running back Ashton Hayes was the other player that will not be signing with the Huskers.

Page (6-2, 190) committed to Nebraska in June. He had a final two schools of Nebraska and Kansas State. He narrowed things down from the double-digit scholarship offers he had. In seven games as a junior, Page was credited with 58 receptions for 815 yards and nine touchdowns. His senior season was cut short by a knee injury.

>> If Page does not to sign with the Huskers it appears to be mutual. There is a lot of smoke around the Huskers and Louisiana wide receiver Decoldest Crawford. Crawford (6-1, 185) was offered by Nebraska after Mickey Joseph became the wide receivers coach. The two have a good relationship dating back to when Crawford was an LSU commit. The Huskers appear to have the momentum with Crawford right now. He told me on Tuesday that he will announce his college choice on Friday and that the Huskers are in his final two. He did not say who the other school is.

>> The Huskers have yet to replace Hayes in the class after his departure. It appears that will change on the first day of the early signing period. I feel good about the Huskers chances to land Minnesota running back Emmett Johnson. He announces his decision on Wednesday. Johnson had a very productive senior season. He was named Mr. Football in Minnesota after amassing 2,513 rushing yards and 42 TDs.

>> One of the more intriguing visitors that Nebraska had on campus last weekend for an official visit was Oregon defensive line commit Ben Roberts. The Utah native (6-4, 290) was impressed with what he found in Lincoln. He had a great time with his player host, Noa Pola-Gates. Roberts enjoyed meeting defensive line coach Tony Tuioti. The pair spoke about his potential fit in the defense. Since he’s still an Oregon commit he laid out what it will take to change his mind.

“I am looking for academic and mental health support,” Roberts said. “That’s the biggest thing. I want to be able to be comfortable at the school I choose.”

Roberts had 107 total tackles, nine for loss and 15.5 sacks his senior season. He would be a steal at the end of the class. He said that he will decide between Nebraska and Oregon on Tuesday night. His decision will be made public on Wednesday.

>> The Huskers hosted Oklahoma State offensive line transfer Hunter Anthony last weekend. There was a lot of confusion initially over if that official visit would happen, but it did. Sources tell me that the visit went very well for Nebraska. The Huskers like him at tackle which is Anthony’s preferred position. He is going to finish out the bowl game with the Cowboys but does plan to enroll at his next school in January.

If the Huskers add Anthony they will still look to add another offensive lineman or two from the portal.

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