Over the weekend, Nebraska hosted 3-star defensive end (HV Rating: 86) Isaac Townsend from Ralston Valley Senior High School in Aurora, Colorado. The last time I spoke with Townsend was when he got his offer from Nebraska and he was very excited, saying that Scott Frost is legit.
He made his first trip to Lincoln to check out Nebraska with his mother. Townsend and his father has just checked out Oregon for an unofficial visit. He told me that he liked the Oregon trip a lot.
“That program is also coming around because Mario Cristobal brought half his Alabama staff down," Townsend said. "They are turning that program around, too, but at Oregon I’d play outside linebacker.”
As for his trip to Nebraska, it was a good trip. Townsend and his mom were able to check out practice and spend quality time with the coaching staff.
“I thought it was really good," he said. "I really enjoyed practice. I enjoyed talking with [defensive coordinator Erik] Chinander, Frost and [defensive like coach Mike] Dawson. I enjoyed watching the turnaround. I think the practice style is a really good idea. They use their time wisely, they’re in good shape and working hard. They take care of everything in a game-like situation.”
Incredible visit to Nebraska, amazing hospitality. Thank you @coach_frost @CoachChinander @coachdawsgbr @BarrettRuud @BobWeltonNebFB @SeanDillonNU @warriorqbcoach pic.twitter.com/HXGQvZHle7
— Isaac Townsend (@IsaacTownsend13) April 14, 2018
When I spoke with Townsend in March, it was believed that he would be looked at by Nebraska as someone who could move into an outside linebacker role, but now it appears the Huskers staff has different plans for him.
“I got to talk with the coaches about how’d I’d be a defensive end or defensive tackle in their defense," Townsend said. "We went over a few of my responsibilities in their defense, too. I liked it. That’s what I do in high school already so it wouldn’t be too much of a change.”
Townsend told me that his mom liked the visit a lot. He didn’t think she had one thing that stuck out in particular, but she liked practice and she really likes Lincoln as a whole. The big defender (6-7, 235) tells me that he is “definitely” thinking about taking a summer and/or fall return trip to Lincoln.
He wants to commit before his senior season.
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.