June saw the lifting of the NCAA-mandated dead period. The floodgates opened up for many recruiting activities. The biggest was that 2022 prospects could begin taking official visits. The Huskers took full advantage of the return of visits. They hosted 20 prospects from the 2022 class for official visits over the month. The team also hosted transfer defensive back Tyreke Johnson for an official visit.
Twenty prospects are a lot to keep track of. Where do things stand with everyone Nebraska hosted during June? Let’s take a look.
Week 1 Visitors
The first weekend of visitors was highly-anticipated for Nebraska. Generally you see programs host its top targets as soon as possible. That happened for Nebraska as it hosted eight visitors but there were mixed results. Quarterback Richard Torres and tight end Chase Androff committed to the program. Offensive lineman Ashton Craig committed to Notre Dame after taking an official visit to South Bend later in the month. Defensive lineman Nico Davillier elected to stay home, committing to Arkansas. Texas wide receiver Landon Samson committed to South Carolina.
There are three visitors from that first weekend who are still undecided. Running back Justin Williams has moved up his announcement date to July 5. The Huskers are not the favorite there but did land Nevada native Ashton Hayes at the position. Kansas defensive lineman Jalen Marshall is down to Indiana, Nebraska and Oklahoma State. A summer announcement could still come for Marshall. Offensive lineman Valen Erickson did not take another official visit during June. The Huskers remain a strong contender for him.
Week 2 Visitors
The Huskers hosted six visitors during the second visit weekend in June. The team picked up a pair of commitments from the weekend. Wide receiver Grant Page and running back Ashton Hayes both committed. The rest of the visitors remain uncommitted. The Huskers are still strongly linked with linebacker Tyler Martin. The two defensive backs from that weekend Markeith Williams and Avery Powell had strong visits. Each is considering the Huskers moving forward. The biggest mystery from that weekend is defensive end Hayden Schwartz. He has gone silent after his visit.
Week 3 Visitors
Four prospects made their way to Lincoln during the third week of official visits in June. Columbus linebacker Ernest Hausmann used that weekend to get a deeper understanding of his future school. Lincoln Southeast outside linebacker Jake Appleget came out of the weekend committed. Husker legacy defensive back James Monds III had a great trip to Nebraska, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to have him become a Husker. He committed to Indiana on July 4. The Huskers made a big move with Georgia native Nathan Vail but are fighting programs closer to home.
Week 4 Visitors
This week was a bit unique for Nebraska. The team hosted an early week official visitor and one weekend official visitor. Colorado offensive lineman Jake Maikkula visited early in the week. He went on a huge tour of schools during June to check out his entire top eight. A decision could come from him in days but a recent offer from Stanford could delay that. Nebraska hosted Michigan athlete Jaren Mangham over the weekend. The team loves his versatility but given the numbers in the class he likely slots in as a defensive back for them. Mangham is strongly considering West Virginia.
Nebraska comes out of June sitting at seven commitments for the class. It’s likely that only seven or eight spots remain. There could still be a couple players that visited in June to join the class. It will be interesting to see how the Huskers handle official visits in the fall.
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.