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Greg’s Guys: Junior College Players on the Rise as Season Continues for Huskers

November 02, 2021

The November edition of Greg’s Guys is here!

The Huskers have just three games left in the season. We have seen a lot of activity with the 2022 group come to a screeching halt. Part of that is a philosophy shift by Nebraska. Coach Scott Frost has said that the team will be focusing more on “immediate impact” players from JUCO and the transfer portal. The other part of it is a lack of interest from impact 2022 prospects.

We are still keeping this list to five players due to the lack of known targets at this point. I’ve switched things up and included JUCO players. The Huskers are after some good ones so three of the five names included this month are new.

The Greg’s Guys list is always fluid and that’s what makes it fun.

1) DL Asi Langi (Independence, Kansas)

Last Rank: NR

The Huskers want to find players that can make more of an immediate impact next season. One of the pathways to that will be to find JUCO players that can at least be in the rotation next season. The Huskers recently offered Langi (6-6, 315) out of Indendepence Community College. Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti was in Kansas visiting him in person during the bye week.

Langi has the potential to be a nose tackle in the Huskers’ defense. He was committed to Maryland at one point but has since left the Terps’ class. He’s pretty open right now to a lot of schools and new schools show interest in him each week. South Florida was his most recent new school to offer along with Nebraska.

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2) DL Jalen Marshall (Overland Park, Kansas)

Last Rank: 2

The Huskers are going to have to find flip targets this recruiting cycle. The 2022 class is skinny right now. Circling back to players that had interest over the summer is a viable option. Marshall took an official visit to Lincoln back in June. Then he committed to Missouri later in the summer. The Tigers sold him on their defensive line coach developing him into an NFL player. Missouri fired that coach during the season for poor performance. That’s going to open the door for other schools to pursue Marshall.

Marshall is an intriguing prospect. The Huskers needs to get back into the Kansas City area as it keeps producing Power Five talent yearly. Marshall (6-5, 275) has great size and position versatility to play the nose or defensive end. He’s also a track athlete with some impressive shot put numbers in the last year. If the Huskers could get him to reconsider it’d be a nice boost.

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3) DB Jalil Martin (Chicago, Illinois)

Last Rank: 3

Martin is one of the top uncommitted seniors in the region. He blew up over the summer when the Huskers came through with an offer. The defensive back prospect out of Illinois is new to playing in the secondary. He impressed the Husker coaches at Friday Night Lights. At 6-foot-3, 190-pounds he has great size. Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher seems to covet that length in his room. Illinois got him on campus this season but there are several teams with an eye on him.

Ole Miss has offered him and Martin took a recent visit to Notre Dame. Martin was supposed to visit Nebraska for an official visit for the Purdue game. That visit was rescheduled. He had a playoff game conflict that didn’t allow him to make it.

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4) CB Keionte Scott (Ephraim, Utah)

Last Rank: NR

There might not be a hotter defensive back in the country than the Snow College prospect. Scott (6-1, 185) attended the same high school as Reggie Bush out in California. He’s the No. 1 cornerback in JUCO this season and has lived up to the hype with double-digit pass breakups on the season.

The Huskers are going to need an instant-impact cornerback to play in 2022. It’s likely the team loses Cam Taylor-Britt. The depth behind Quinton Newsome is shaky at the moment since we haven’t seen many other corners play. Scott would slide in perfectly to the Huskers defense.

One other big thing to watch for Scott is that he has four years left to play three seasons at his next stop. That’s going to make him very attractive to his many suitors. He’s up to 27 offers and has used three of his official visits. He took a summer visit to Arizona before his recruitment blew up. He took an official visit to Oregon Oct. 30 weekend. Scott has a trip scheduled to Auburn for the Iron Bowl.

5) DE/OLB Jeffrey M’ba (Independence, Kansas)

Last Rank: NR

M’ba [6-6, 305] is an intriguing player that the secret is out on. West Virginia, Arizona State, Houston, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Mississippi State, USC, Nebraska, Florida Atlantic and Miami each offered M’ba scholarship in the last month. Every year there is a JUCO player or two that the entire country wants and M’ba is that guy this cycle.

Now that he’s concentrating on football full-time he has seen his recruitment go to another level. The big question here is if Nebraska can get him on campus with the competition being so stiff for him. When Tuioti visited Independence, he checked out M’ba and Langi. In talking to their position coach Pierre Leonard he says they are the engine of the team’s defense.

“Run stoppers. That’s the strength of both of them,” Leonard said. “Both of them can rush the quarterback as well. Right now, we’re sitting at third in the country in sacks. That doesn’t just come from blitzes. It comes from the defensive line getting after them, too. To be fourth in the country in sacks, and I think we are second in the country with rushing yards allowed, with those numbers, that’s led by those two.”

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