The May edition of Greg’s Guys is here!
There were some changes to the list this month. Four new players made their debuts on the list in May. Nebraska has been busy setting up summer official visits. We should see a large number of players come through campus for official visits from mid-May through June. We are entering a major stretch for the building of the 2023 recruiting class.
There is one thing I’d like to note again. Last month TCU transfer EDGE Ochaun Mathis would be No. 1 but as a transfer that is immediately eligible I didn’t list him. The same goes this month for defensive lineman Stephon Wynn and safety Kaine Williams.
Greg’s Guys list is always fluid and that’s what makes it fun.
1) WR Malachi Coleman (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Last Rank: 1
Coleman’s (6-5, 180) recruitment has been fascinating to watch unfold. Since last month’s list he’s picked up more heavyweight offers. Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida State and Penn State are his latest offers. The Huskers see him as a wide receiver but not everyone agrees. That’s going to make his choice that much more difficult as he gets to know various schools. It wouldn’t surprise me if he takes more visits this summer and into the fall. He needs to get a better feel for the programs that are after him. The Huskers figure to be in this until the end but it’s going to be hard work to land Coleman.
2) DE Maverick Noonan (Omaha, Nebraska)
Last Rank: 2
The Huskers have been recruiting Noonan (6-4, 225) hard all cycle and have made him a priority. Defensive line coach Mike Dawson was at his school during the evaluation period to meet with his coach. Noonan is likely to start lining up official visits soon since he’d like to enroll early. It makes sense for him to pick his college this summer but there doesn’t seem to be a big rush. He’s been working hard in the weight room this summer.
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3) OL Cayden Green (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)
Last Rank: 3
The Huskers got the lineman (6-5, 310) on campus this spring and shot up his list with a good visit. Green released his top five shortly after that visit. Michigan, Oklahoma, Miami and Missouri made the cut with Nebraska. Those are the five schools scheduled to get official visits from him. He’s going to take an official visit on May 20 as first reported by Hail Varsity. This will be the first big recruiting test for offensive line coach Donovan Raiola. It’s a big one since Green is one of the best linemen in the region this cycle.
4) WR Jaidyn Doss (Peculiar, Missouri)
Last Rank: NR
Doss (6-1. 200) is a player that has burst onto the scene for Husker fans. He’s a versatile player for Raymore-Peculiar in the Kansas City metro. He’s a top target for Joseph as a wide receiver. He came onto the scene a couple years ago playing a different position. His team won the state championship and in the state title game he was needed at running back. He rushed for almost 200 yards on the ground that day. You can see his rugged running style after the catch in his highlight tape.
Doss is set to visit Lincoln for an official visit the weekend of May 20. He told Hail Varsity what he’s looking forward to about the trip.
“I really want to spend more time with the coaches and see more of the facility,” Doss said.
5) WR Joshua Manning (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)
Last Rank: 4
Manning is a player that has been on Nebraska’s radar for a long time. The previous version of Nebraska’s offensive staff liked him and the current group does too. Joseph has spend a lot of time building a relationship with the Missouri native. He’s a heck of an athlete and fluid receiver. Iowa, Kansas State and Arkansas have been the top competition for the Huskers. Things have picked up recently for Manning. Notre Dame and Stanford are his two latest offers. The Huskers have locked in a summer official visit for June 3 weekend.
6) DL Riley Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas)
Last Rank: 5
Last month it felt like Van Poppel was on the verge of going to another level as a recruit. Washington, TCU and Colorado and a few of other schools were pursuing the defender hard. The Huskers have been in the picture for months. Then more schools got ahold of his film. His recent offers include Michigan, Florida State and Purdue. The Huskers are in a good spot and will host the defender for a June official visit. He racked up 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a junior.
7) DB Braeden Marshall (Lake Mary, Florida)
Last Rank: 6
Each recruiting cycle it seems like the Huskers have a defensive back or two from Florida that Travis Fisher connects with. This cycle the Huskers have been hard after Marshall. He was an all-state selection as a junior in Florida’s highest classification. Marshall (5-10, 170) has a pair of official visits lined up for June. He will visit Penn State the weekend of June 17 and North Carolina the following weekend.
8) EDGE Ashley Williams (Zachary, Louisiana)
Last Rank: NR
The Huskers brought four new coaches onto the offensive staff along with making Bill Busch a full-time coach this offseason. We knew that new prospects would emerge. Williams (6-6, 220) is one of those prospects. Louisiana recruiting is led by Joseph who knows it well from his time in his home state at LSU. The Huskers like Williams’ versatility. They see him playing defensive end or standing up as an EDGE. The defender confirmed to Hail Varsity that he does have an official visit locked in. He’ll visit Nebraska June 3 weekend.
9) LB Phil Picciotti (Perkasie, Pennsylvania)
Last Rank: NR
The Huskers have been an under the radar team for the linebacker from the northeast for a while. Picciotti (6-3, 225) visited the Huskers for the spring game last month. That wasn’t the only spring visit he took though. He saw several schools including Penn State, Oklahoma, Michigan and Michigan State. He’ll be trimming his list down soon before deciding on official visit dates. The defender had 144 total tackles with 19 for loss during his junior season.
10) DE Edric Hill (Kansas City, Missouri)
Last Rank: NR
Hill (6-3, 271) is another important target out of Kansas City for the Huskers this cycle. Nebraska will look for multiple defensive lineman in this class. If the team is serious about rebuilding relationships in that area it has to start winning some of these battles. The lineman has over 20 scholarship offers with Iowa, Texas A&M, Alabama and others leading the way. Getting Hill on campus this summer will be huge as other programs are monitoring him closely. He visited for the spring game so things are progressing nicely between the defender and Nebraska.
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.