Future Huskers Highlights: Week 14
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Future Huskers Highlights: Week 14

November 29, 2016

The regular season is officially over for Nebraska and Husker fans now have over a month to relax before Nebraska heads to its bowl game. To help pass the time, fans should pay attention to the Nebraska 2017 recruits’ performances on the gridiron. Chances are that Nebraska has been pretty impressed with what it has seen from this class.

Last week’s Husker commits were led by Tristan Gebbia, who was fantastic in Calabasas’ victory over Roosevelt. Also, Robert Porcher IV set his school’s career sack record as Dr. Phillips continued their climb to a state championship.

Season Complete

•    Austin Allen
•    Jaevon McQuitty
•    Broc Bando
•    Avery Roberts
•    Reese Leitao
•    Deontre Thomas
•    Ben Miles
•    Matt Sichterman
•    Deiontae Watts

Willie Hampton

American Heritage (Fla.) defeated Bishop Moore (Fla.) 20-7.

Willie Hampton and his teammates put in a suffocating performance to help the Patriots win the regional title, holding Bishop Moore to only 80 rushing yards in the 20-7 victory. Hampton contributed four tackles and one tackle for a loss. Heritage has now pushed its record to 12-0 as the team enters its state semifinal matchup against Jesuit.

Season stats: 53 tackles, 13 TFL, 2 FF, 1 INT

Next week: Heritage (12-0) will face Jesuit (12-0) in the Florida Class 5A semi-finals

Keyshawn Johnson Jr.

Calabasas (Calif.) defeated Roosevelt (Calif.) 58-21.

It was questionable as to whether Keyshawn Johnson Jr. would be able to go last Friday, as he spent most of the week dealing with some significant issues brought on by illness. Regardless, the Husker commit was able to get on the field and contribute, catching two passes for 27 yards as the Coyotes blitzed Roosevelt 58-21. Calabasas has now pushed its record to 13-0 entering the CIF Division 5 Final.

Season stats: 43 receptions, 759 receiving yards (17.7 yards per reception), 9 TDs

Next week: Calabasas (13-0) will face Capistrano Valley (13-1) in the CIF Division 5 Final

Tristan Gebbia

Calabasas (Calif.) defeated Roosevelt (Calif.) 58-21.

Tristan Gebbia was magnificent against Roosevelt, completing 24-of-35 passes for 451 yards and five touchdowns as the Coyotes torched Roosevelt 58-21. Gebbia’s sparkling performance put him on pace to throw for 4,500 yards and 50 touchdowns by the time his senior season is complete.

Season stats: 263/372 (70.7 percent completion percentage), 4,255 passing yards, 49 TDs, 7 INTs

Next week: Calabasas (13-0) will face Capistrano Valley (13-1) in the CIF Division 5 Final

Brenden Jaimes

Lake Travis (Texas) defeated Los Fresnos (Texas) 54-7.

Brenden Jaimes and his offensive line mates were dominant again, paving the way for over 400 yards of offense as Lake Travis steamrolled Los Fresnos 54-7. This was the 12th consecutive game in which Lake Travis scored 40 points or more on its opponent. Jaimes and his teammates can now look forward to a rematch with crosstown rival Westlake in the state quarterfinals. Lake Travis won the first meeting this season 49-7.

Next week: Lake Travis (12-1) will face Westlake (11-2) in the Texas Class 6A Quarterfinals

Robert Porcher IV

Dr. Phillips (Fla.) defeated Vero Beach (Fla.) 34-24.

Robert Porcher IV played a key role for his Panther team last Friday, tallying six tackles and two sacks as Dr. Phillips upset previously undefeated Vero Beach 34-24. Porcher’s efforts pushed his season sack total up to 15, tying the Dr. Phillips single season sack record. Porcher is also tied for the career sack lead at Dr. Phillips with 30.

Season Stats: 82 tackles, 32 TFL, 15 sacks, 5 PBU, 2 INTs, 1 FR

Guy Thomas

Booker T. Washington (Fla.) lost to Cocoa (Fla.) 24-21.

No stats returned at this time.

Next week: Booker T. Washington (9-4) has completed its season.

Recruit of The Week: Dylan Reynolds

Nebraska sent out several walk-on offers over Thanksgiving weekend and the Huskers are already seeing results with three in-state prospects joining the walk-on class so far. This group of walk-ons includes Dylan Reynolds, a 6-1, 170-pound speedster out of Broken Bow, Nebraska. Reynolds had been on the Huskers’ radar since his impressive performance at Nebraska’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ camp, where he ran his 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He also displayed a 36-inch vertical leap.

As a senior, Reynolds averaged 26.4 yards per catch and accounted for seven touchdowns on offense while tallying 46 tackles and three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

HV: You recently received a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska. How excited were you to get that news?

DR: I was very excited to have received the walk-on offer. All Nebraska kids dream of playing for the University of Nebraska so for that to become a reality for me is amazing. It still hasn’t quite set in yet that I’m going to be a Cornhusker. I’m glad the coaching staff believes in me and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime.

HV: Which coach or staff member broke the news to you that you would be receiving a walk-on offer? How long did it take for you to decide to accept and join Nebraska’s football team?

DR: Kenny Wilhite emailed me Thanksgiving day and told me to give him a call sometime Saturday afternoon so immediately after basketball practice, I called him and he told me then. I knew right away that I was going to accept and I kind of put that point across to Wilhite, but he told me to talk it over with the family and make sure that’s what I wanted to do for sure. But yeah, it was basically right away. I don’t think Wilhite had finished offering the walk on before I was accepting it.

HV: Has Nebraska spoken with you about which position you will play when you arrive on campus?

DR: They have not specifically told me where I will be playing. Coach Wilhite did ask me if I preferred wide receiver or defensive back more, which leads me to think that I will be an athlete when I arrive on campus but I’m not sure.

HV: Do you have a preference on which position you play in college?

DR: It honestly doesn’t matter to me. Wherever the coaching staff wants me and whatever helps the team out more.

HV: What do you believe is your greatest strength on the football field? And what is an area that you still need to work on?

DR: I believe my overall speed and athletic ability are my greatest strengths right now. I need to work on improving my fundamentals, whether it is at wide receiver or a defensive back.

HV:  Have you had any contact with other members of Nebraska’s 2017 class?

DR: I have spoken to Keyshawn Johnson Jr. a little. I talk to Ethan [Cox], Cody [Liske], and Hunter [Miller] some. I’m actually in a group chat with those three. We just congratulated each other on the offers and all are excited to become Huskers. (Editor’s note: Both Cox and Liske have accepted their preferred walk-on offers and will attend Nebraska. Miller is still undecided. Stay up to date here.)

HV: How excited was your family when you came home and told them that Nebraska wanted you to walk-on?

DR: They were very excited. They knew how bad I wanted to be a Husker. My mom and dad wanted it just as bad I did I think so it was cool for sure.

HV: Anything you would like to say to Husker Nation now that you are a Husker?

DR: I’ve got nothing specific to say really. I’m just excited for the opportunity and can’t wait to be in Lincoln next year.

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