We are back for another monthly installment of Greg’s Guys. We have seen a lot of movement on the list after a run of commitments. We are a month away from the early signing period so crunch time is here. The Huskers have also locked in on some key junior college targets who now appear on the list.
If you aren’t familiar with 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)
Manning has long held the top slot on the list. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wideout is the last player who visited Lincoln for an official visit this summer to announce a college choice. It’s tough to get a read on his recruitment but he hasn’t taken any other visits since then. He is the exact type of instant-impact receiver Nebraska needs.
2) OLB Kaden Johnson (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Linebacker is the biggest need in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Johnson has emerged as a key recruit. The Huskers are battling Minnesota and Wisconsin the most for his signature. He’s been a frequent visitor at Minnesota during their magical season but is that enough to sway him? His size (6-2, 235) and speed combination make him a candidate to play early in his career.
3) DB Darion Green-Warren (Santa Ana, California)
The California 4-star cornerback is another example of a top prospect that defensive backs coach Travis Fisher was quietly building a strong bond with behind the scenes. Green-Warren has no shortage of suitors with USC, Penn State and Michigan heavily in the mix for him. However, he is fresh off an official visit to Nebraska that made an impression on him.
4) WR Marcus Fleming (Miami, Florida)
The speedy 4-star wide receiver from Miami arrived in Lincoln for his official visit committed to the Hurricanes. He left that visit uncommitted. That’s a great sign for the Huskers who want to continue adding speed to the roster. Fleming won the Florida state championship in the 100- and 200-meter dash. He will be signing in December.
5) WR Justin Robinson (McDonough, Georgia)
The Georgia wide receiver commit (6-4, 200) was in town for the game against Northwestern. The Huskers have some things working in their favor with Robinson. There is a clear need for his skill set in the offense. He has a great relationship with offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters. His teammate Marquis Black is committed to Nebraska. Walters and Scott Frost were at his game during the bye week and continue to recruit him hard.
6) DE Josh Griffis (Bradenton, Florida)
The Huskers have made a big move with the defender who attends IMG Academy down in Florida. At 6-4, 245 he has the size to grow into a defensive end but the athleticism to play outside linebacker in the Huskers 3-4. He is committed to Florida State but recently took a trip to Louisville. He will officially visit Nebraska for the Iowa game.
7) JUCO ILB Jamoi Hodge (Independence, Missouri)
The need for linebackers extends to the JUCO ranks and Hodge would be a great fit at Nebraska. He bring athleticism to the inside linebacker position that is sorely needed. As a January enrollee who also has four years to play three he is a rare prospect. He was blown away by his official visit to Lincoln for the Wisconsin game weekend.
8) JUCO DE Julius Coates (Rockford, Illinois)
Recruiting for JUCO defensive linemen who can make an early impact is competitive. The Colorado commit (6-6, 270) has received a lot of attention recently. The East Mississippi Community College star could be looking to get back to the Midwest. He just took an official visit to Oregon. Coates confirmed to Hail Varsity that he will be visiting Nebraska for the Iowa game.
9) JUCO WR Xavier Hutchinson (Blinn, Texas)
While committed to Iowa State since June Hutchinson (6-3, 190) is the bigger type of wideout that the Huskers are lacking. Hutchinson is a January enrollee so if he is making a flip it will be soon. Nebraska got a chance during Wisconsin weekend to make its pitch. We’ll see if they made a move.
10) OLB Jimari Butler (Mobile, Alabama)
Butler is an athletic linebacker who has the length (6-5, 215) and speed the Husker coaches are looking for. He has seen his recruitment take off recently and quickly committed to Tennessee. Shortly after that he told Hail Varsity that he will still visit Lincoln for the Iowa game.
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.