Recruiting Recap: Another Big Week as Junior Day Looms
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Final Recruiting Weekend Brings Trio to Lincoln

January 27, 2017

We have finally reached the final stretch in the 2017 class, as Nebraska will be hosting its final group of visitors this weekend. The Huskers will be hosting three prospects this weekend, with all three recruits hailing from the western part of the United States. Current Nebraska commit Tyjon Lindsey is the headliner of the visitor group and he will be joined by two defensive backs that have seen their stock go through the roof in the past month.

Committed Visitors

Tyjon Lindsey
WR | 5-9, 180 | Las Vegas, Nevada

Lindsey, arguably Nebraska’s biggest recruiting victory of the entire class so far, will take his official visit to Nebraska this weekend proving that Keith Williams tireless work continues to pay off. Nebraska zeroed in on Lindsey early in 2016, offering the talented speedster on March 1 and hosting him for the 2016 spring game. Despite Nebraska’s hard work and Williams’ relationship with him, Lindsey committed to Ohio State on Aug. 22. While most schools backed off of Lindsey, Williams kept up with his recruitment, an effort that was rewarded when Lindsey flipped his commitment from Ohio State to Nebraska on Jan. 14.

Lindsey cited Williams proven track record of producing NFL wide receivers, as well as Nebraska’s plan to use him exclusively as a wide receiver, for his decision to change his commitment to the Huskers. Lindsey has been active on the recruiting trail since committing to the Huskers two weeks ago, actively recruiting 2017 wide receiver prospect Jamire Calvin and 2018 prospect Brendan Radley-Hiles. Expect Lindsey to be in full recruiter mode this weekend along with early enrollees and close friends Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr.

Uncommitted Visitors

Michael Onyemaobi
ATH | 6-1, 185 | Decision: Nebraska and TCU

Nebraska didn’t get in on Onyemaobi until late in the process, but the Huskers quickly surged to the front for one of the top sleepers in the 2017 class. Nebraska made its move on Onyemaobi on Jan. 13, offering the talented prospect while he was on an official visit to UNLV. Onyemaobi had been committed to California since May 14, but he began opening things up after Sonny Dykes was fired on Jan. 7. Nebraska was believed to be firmly in the drivers seat for Onyemaobi’s commitment following its offer, but a late offer from TCU made things a bit more complicated. TCU is currently employing Dykes as offensive coordinator, and the presence of his former head coach helped TCU secure an official visit from the talented safety.

While he enjoyed his visit to Fort Worth, Onyemaobi stuck with his plan to visit Lincoln on Jan. 27, giving the Huskers a golden opportunity to land their one and only safety prospect in the 2017 class. Onyemaobi will be announcing his college decision on National Signing Day.

Chance he commits to the Huskers: 85%

Tony Wallace
CB | 5-10, 170 | Decision: Arizona, Nebraska, USC

Wallace is another late-riser that Nebraska is trying to steal out of Pac-12 country late in the process. Wallace’s commitment to Arizona on Dec. 17 wasn’t treated with much fanfare, as Wallace was an under the radar recruit that hadn’t played high school football until his senior season. A stellar senior season changed that, as both Nebraska and USC began making a sustained push for Wallace midway through January. Wallace initially brushed off the late attention, stating on Twitter that he was done with the recruiting process and sticking with his Arizona pledge.  Apparently that didn’t apply to Nebraska however, as Wallace will be visiting Lincoln this weekend.

The Huskers have an ace in the hole when it comes to recruiting Wallace, and that ace is cornerbacks coach Donte Williams. Williams was one of the first coaches to jump in and offer Wallace back when he was the cornerbacks coach at Arizona. Williams has a tremendous relationship with Wallace, and that may be enough to pull the talented cornerback into his class. Wallace has not stated any plans to announce his college decision at this point but he is the one to watch for a commitment this weekend.

Chance he commits to the Huskers: 50%

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