There has been a lot of movement on the latest Greg’s Guys list. That tends to happen when six players on the list commit in the span of one month. Good for Nebraska though, three of the players—Nash Hutmacher, Blaise Gunnerson and Alex Conn—all picked the Huskers. And after that big shakeup, we have a new No. 1 player.
If you aren’t familiar the Greg’s Guys list, it’s my top 10 players in the class based on Nebraska’s needs, how a player fits in the scheme and talent. The player also needs to be interested in the Huskers.
The list is always fluid and that’s what makes it fun.
1. JUCO WR Omar Manning (Kilgore, Texas)
The Kilgore Community College wideout is the bigger-body type of pass catcher that many fans covet. He was originally committed to TCU before landing at Kilgore but at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he has the size to go up and get the ball in the redzone. He took an official visit the weekend of June 21 and the Huskers really made him feel like a priority. Expect the Huskers to be in this recruitment until the end.
2. LB Kaden Johnson (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
The playmaking defender plays attends Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. Johnson was part of a large group that took in a Huskers practice this spring and he came away wanting to get back around the program with his family. Johnson took an official visit to Wisconsin in June but is not close to making a decision. Nebraska is battling Wisconsin and Minnesota for him but Johnson will visit Nebraska for an official visit.
3. DL Jamar Sekona (Greenbrae, California)
Sekona, a 4-star defensive tackle from Marin Catholic High School in California, was an unofficial spring game visitor. He had a great time on his trip getting to reunite with defensive line coach Tony Tuioti. Sekona enjoyed the fans and culture at Nebraska and said “it’s just different out there” when he spoke with Hail Varsity. An early season official visit seems likely for the lineman. It should also be noted that Wisconsin is also a big fan of Sekona.
4. RB Sevion Morrison (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Morrison was highly productive his junior season with 2,761 rushing yards and 38 total touchdowns. The Huskers would love to continue grabbing players from the state of Oklahoma and Morrison represents the best shot at that this cycle. Morrison visited Lincoln the weekend of June 21 and was impressed with what he found in Lincoln. The family atmosphere at Nebraska was big for him. Nebraska is in a great position for Morrison who is in line for a huge senior season.
5. LB Choe Bryant-Strother (Norcross, Georgia)
The Atlanta area linebacker made his way to Lincoln for an official visit in June. The Huskers really made a big impression on the defender who stands at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds. That’s a good thing since he’s at a huge position of need. Nebraska would do well to take about four linebackers in this class and Bryant-Strother’s versatility makes him a strong candidate for one of the spots.
6. WR Ajou Ajou (Clearwater, Florida)
The Canadian wide receiver is one of the big mysteries of the cycle. He burst onto the scene over camp season and it’s easy to see why. He stands at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, so he has a similar body type to Manning. Ajou is raw but extremely athletic with a very high upside. His recruitment is wide open, though Clemson and Alabama are involved. Nebraska put itself right in the mix after his official visit to Lincoln.
7. LB Devyn Curtis (Brentwood, Tennessee)
The Huskers are looking to Curtis to bring in another Tennessee linebacker like they did with Jackson Hannah last season. Curtis has been a tackling machine in high school, tallying 120 total tackles during his junior season. It would not surprise me to see him on the sidelines for an official visit during the Ohio State game this season.
8. DB Javar Strong (Cherokee, Alabama)
Strong attends Muscle Shoals High School in Alabama. If that sounds familiar it’s because that’s where Huskers quarterback commit Logan Smothers just transferred to. Strong is an intriguing athlete and I would not be surprised to see his stock rise as he moves through his senior season. Look for him to also come out to Lincoln for the Ohio State game this fall.
9. DT Marquis Black (McDonough, Georgia)
The defensive lineman is a pretty new name to Husker fans but Nebraska has been in contact with him for quite a while. Black is a prospect that the Huskers like a lot. So much so that he has scheduled an official visit for the Ohio State game already. His size (6-4, 280) and athleticism would allow him to play any position along the defensive front.
10. RB Marvin Scott III (Port Orange, Florida)
Scott has been one of my favorite running backs this cycle. He has speed and power, plus he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He took an official visit to Nebraska in June but has been pretty quiet about it. However, it sounds like the visit went well and Nebraska is squarely in the mix for him moving forward. Convincing him to leave Florida will be the tough part in landing Scott.
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.