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Greg’s Guys: Movement on the Big Board as 2021 Nebraska Season Approaches

August 03, 2021

The August edition of Greg’s Guys is here!

Only three of the ten players on the list have changed since the July edition. All three were because of commitments. Offensive lineman Valen Erickson committed to the Huskers. Offensive lineman Jake Maikkula committed to Stanford. Priority defensive line target Jalen Marshall committed to Missouri. As we get closer to the season we are coming up on the time where plans are being made by prospects to take fall official visits. That’s going to lead to more movement on the board.

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

1) ATH Jaden Mangham (Franklin, Michigan)

Last Rank: 1

Mangham is holding down the No. 1 spot but it was expected that he’d be off the board by now. West Virginia still holds the momentum but Michigan State has new confidence here. The Spartans hosted Mangham for their recruiting event last weekend. That gave the program one last opportunity to make a big impression before his planned commitment. He took an official visit to Nebraska in June. Mangham tweeted that he was delaying his announcement.

2) DB Markeith Williams (Orlando, Florida)

Last Rank: 4

Williams has been a mystery since taking his official visit to Nebraska in June. He also took an official visit to Ohio State. The Huskers are in pretty good position for the Floridian and it helps that his cousin Tamon Lynum is on the team. Williams did visit Miami recently for a two-day unofficial visit. The local school will be a factor here but it is unknown which way Williams is leaning at this time.

3) DB Nathan Vail (Kennesaw, Georgia)

Last Rank: 8

The Huskers hosted Vail in June making a good impression on the Georgia defender. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he has the size and versatility to play either cornerback or safety for defensive backs coach Travis Fisher. Nebraska is battling Boston College, Duke and Georgia Tech for Vail. The defender says that he’d like to take game day visits in the fall.

4) DL Joshua White (Ellenwood, Georgia)

Last Rank: 9

White would make a good candidate if Nebraska adds another defensive lineman in the 2022 class. The defender (6-4, 255) has flexibility to play defensive tackle or defensive end in the Huskers’ scheme. He had good production during his junior season totaling 50 tackles and 13 sacks. He also had 15 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles. The Huskers made his recently updated top four.

5) DB Malik Spencer (Buford, Georgia)

Last Rank: Unranked

It’s not often that a committed prospect ends up on the list but Spencer (6-2, 193) is making his debut. The Georgia native is committed to Michigan State but landed on the radar of Husker fans after tweeting out his official offer graphic from Nebraska.

Spencer attends Buford High School which has been a good school for Nebraska in the past. Nebraska nabbed both Gabe Ervin Jr. and Malik Williams from that school in the 2021 recruiting cycle.

6) DB Avery Powell (Jersey City, New Jersey)

Last Rank: 5

Powell looked like a player likely to end up in the Nebraska class once legacy defender James Monds III picked Indiana. Now things are unclear as his recruitment has slowed down. The New Jersey defender holds quite a few offers and may have to take things into the season to settle on a school. Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and others are among his 35 scholarship offers.

7) LB Tyler Martin (Acton, Massachusetts)

Last Rank: 7

The defender from Massachusetts is stuck in a tough spot for now. Martin is the player most effected by Nebraska only being able to take 13-15 recruits in this cycle. He’d likely be in the class already if it wasn’t for that. At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, he has good size to play inside linebacker in the Big Ten. The Huskers may find a way to fit him in the class but the inside linebacker room is young on the team and already has Ernest Hausmann in the 2022 class.

8) DB Quantaves Gaskins (Hapeville, Georgia)

Last Rank: Unranked

Gaskins (6-2, 185) was one of the best stories of camp season. He switched positions to defensive back which slowed down his recruitment. Then he transferred schools but couldn’t get his film from his previous school. Without being able to send his film to coaches he hit the road. Gaskins went to camps during the first week of June at Iowa State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. He made an impression on Nebraska coaches and picked up an offer from the team after working directly with defensive backs coach Travis Fisher at a camp in Florida. He’s scheduled an official visit to Nebraska for Sept. 3 and his announcement is scheduled for Sept. 5.

9) DB Jahsiah Galvin (West Liberty, Iowa)

Last Rank: Unranked

Galvin has had to be patient through the recruiting process. He got an early offer from Nebraska. The Huskers were his first Power Five offer but his recruitment didn’t take off the way he anticipated. Galvin did a private work out with the Huskers in June. He also took an unofficial visit to Iowa and hopes to visit Iowa City for their home opener. For now, Galvin is just trying to improve his game.

“I want to improve my ball skills and get better at high pointing the football,” Galvin said.

10) ATH Vince Genatone (North Platte, Nebraska)

Last Rank: Unranked

Gentaone is making his debut on the list despite not holding an offer from the Huskers. The North Platte defensive athlete worked out for the Huskers this summer and tested well. He posted a 38.5 vertical and tans a 4.45 40-yard dash. Genatone is also feeling the numbers crunch with the Huskers right now. If he can stay patient something may work out with Nebraska down the line. At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Genatone could play that safety hybrid role that Nebraska has had success with.

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