As summer conditioning gets rolling, we can see the light at the end of the offseason tunnel way off in the distance. And while it may be the offseason for the Nebraska football team, things are really starting to heat up on the recruiting trail. Even though Nebraska hasn’t had a commitment in over a month, the Huskers are still well positioned to make a big run this summer.
Let’s get to the Recon.
Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska
Turner Corcoran, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas
Logan Smothers, quarterback, Athens, Alabama
>> On Thursday night, Hail Varsity reported that Huskers outside linebacker target Blaise Gunnerson would be back in Lincoln this weekend for an unofficial visit. During this weekend’s visit, the Iowa defender will set up his official visit date to Lincoln. He will camp at Iowa State on June 1 and he will take his official visit to Iowa State June 21-23. This is clearly setting up to be a Nebraska versus Iowa State battle. Right now, I still feel good about my prediction of Gunnerson ending up in Nebraska’s class but this will be a battle.
>> There hasn’t been too much talk about junior college offensive lineman Desmond Bland because there hasn’t been much to update. However, sources tell me that he won’t make the grades to play college football. Bland is a very talented player but unfortunately just couldn’t get his academics in order.
>> As reported by Hail Varsity on Monday, Oklahoma running back Sevion Morrison will visit Lincoln on June 21 for the VIP event the team is holding ahead of the Friday Night Lights camp that day. The Edison Prep star racked up 2,761 rushing yards and 38 total touchdowns during his junior season. At this point, he is near or at the top of the staff’s running back board and for good reason. It’s huge to get him on campus this summer.
>> In a move that may have flown under the radar, Texas athlete Quin Bright announced on Twitter that he was going to delay his commitment. His decision was originally set to be made this month. After checking with some sources in Texas, the pick was going to be Texas Tech. Something happened to make him open things back up. The Huskers were previously recruiting Bright hard as he is a great fit for the Duck-R role. We’ll see if this delay allows Nebraska to get a visit from Bright.
>> On Thursday, the latest edition of Greg’s Guys dropped and there is one committed prospect on the list, 4-star linebacker Jackson Bratton. The Alabama commit is best friends with Nebraska’s quarterback commit for the 2020 class, Logan Smothers. The pair, who are now teammates at Muscle Shoals, will be taking their official visits to Nebraska together. It will be tough to pull him away from the Tide but in the tape I’ve watched, Bratton is the best high school linebacker in this class. He is on the level of former Nebraska linebacker targets Owen Pappoe and Micah Parsons in my mind.
>> One of Nebraska’s top overall targets will be taking an official visit elsewhere this weekend. Nash Hutmacher, the 4-star defensive lineman from South Dakota, is in Oregon this weekend for an official visit. The family flew out to Eugene yesterday. The Ducks are trailing Wisconsin and Nebraska in the race currently but hope to make up serious ground this weekend. I still have Nebraska way out in front but Oregon typically does a nice job with these visits and it’s hard to not be impressed with their facilities.
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.