Greg's Guys | Huskers 2020
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Greg’s Guys: New Names Appear as Board Shifts for Huskers

March 02, 2021

The March edition of Greg’s Guys is here! There is a shake up this month with a few players dropping off the list. Omaha Central offensive lineman Deshawn Woods did not include the Huskers in his top five so I’ve removed him. Linebacker Caden Crawford committed to Iowa so he’s been replaced. Bellevue West tight Micah Riley has dropped off too.

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

1) ATH Brenan Thompson (Spearman, Texas)

Last rank: 1

The Texas playmaker (5-10, 165) is an electric athlete. Thompson would be the perfect fit in Nebraska’s offense. He also might be the fastest 2022 player in Texas with a verified 10.32 100m dash. Recently he ran an unverified 10.18 100m dash. The Huskers made the cut in his most recent top group list. Many schools are trying to make a push with Thompson, including Alabama, Texas and Clemson.

2) DB Xavier Nwankpa (Des Moines, Iowa)

Last rank: 2

The Huskers were on Nwankpa early and were one of his first scholarship offers. That’s great for the team’s ability to identify future big-time prospects early. Still the Huskers are fighting an uphill battle for the nation’s top-rated safety prospect. He’s now very close to 5-star rating after the latest updates from the recruiting services. Iowa is still hanging in there but Clemson, Notre Dame and Ohio State are likely the main schools in the mix.

3) QB MJ Morris (Atlanta, Georgia)

Last Rank: 3

The Pace Academy star out of Atlanta has racked up quite the offer list. He holds 34 offers from schools in every Power Five conference. His recruitment has a Southern flavor to it since most of the region has offered him. That includes Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Morris has a great relationship with Nebraska’s coaches. He has spoken highly of Coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.

Morris is one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country but his recruitment seems wide open right now. That would provide Nebraska with an interesting opportunity when visits eventually open back up.

4) WR Quinton Conley (Kansas City, Missouri)

Last Rank: 4

The big-bodied (6-5, 190) wideout is one of the Huskers’ top offensive targets this cycle. The team has been recruiting him for a few years now. He’s been to campus for a couple games and events. That helps Nebraska and there is a strong relationship built with the Missouri native. Conley is a good candidate to be the first player in the 2022 recruiting class for Nebraska.

5) DB James Monds III (Fort Pierce, Florida)

Last Rank: 5

Based on social media activity, the Florida defensive back (5-10, 177) and Husker legacy has a lot of interest in the Huskers. His uncle Walter Monds played at Nebraska in the 1970s so he is familiar with the program. Monds has a lot of options. His top 13 group consists of Nebraska, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Clemson, Miami, Kansas State, Indiana, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Kansas and Mississippi State. The big question is how many visits he wants to take before locking in with a college.

6) OL Armand Membou (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)

Last Rank: Unranked

The team has several offers out in the Kansas City metro which has continued to explode with talent. One of those players in offensive lineman Armand Membou from Lee’s Summit North High School. Membou (6-4, 275) is one of the hottest recruits in the region having picked up an Oregon offer recently. As his offer list continues to swell, he has an idea of what he’s looking for in a school.

‘I’m really looking for a coaching staff that I like but I want to like the players,” Membou said. “Also, I want to like the town that I’m at and the school in general. The third factor is being able to be able to play early.”

 

7) TE Kaden Helms (Bellevue, Nebraska)

Last Rank: 7

It will be interesting to see what the Huskers do at tight end this cycle after taking three in the 2021 class. One that they’d love to have in the fold is Bellevue West product Kaden Helms. The pass-catching tight end (6-5, 220) has a good size and speed combination that make him a great prospect. He’s hearing a lot from Arizona, Florida State, Michigan and Michigan State. Prior to the extension of the dead period, he was looking at June for a decision. We’ll see how recent developments have impacted that.

8) DT Domonique Orange (Kansas City, Missouri)

Last Rank: 8

Even though the Huskers have been recruiting Orange for a while, he is really becoming more known in recruiting circles recently. He’s approaching 20 scholarship offers and has some impressive schools after him that don’t typically recruit Kansas City. Michigan, Texas and Oregon are just a few of the other schools after the defensive lineman hard. Standing at 6-4 and 300 pounds, he has the size and quickness to be a versatile player along the line in college.

9) ILB Gavin Meyers (Hays, Kansas)

Last Rank: Unranked

One of the top linebackers on Nebraska’s board is located close to campus. Inside linebacker Gavin Meyers is one of a handful of Kansans that the Huskers have offered. He said he is talking to Nebraska pretty much every day. Meyers loves how the coaches always shoot him a text and he will call them every now and then. The team is always keeping up with him, which he enjoys a lot. Meyers is definitely feeling the love from Nebraska these days. Ryan Held, Erik Chinander and Barrett Ruud talk to him the most. He’s had a good impression of Ruud who would be his future position coach.

“He’s an awesome guy,” Meyers said. “He’s fun. He’s cool to talk to. I really enjoy phone calls with him later in the day. He’s just an upbeat guy and I really enjoy that.”

10) DL Jalen Marshall (Overland Park, Kansas)

Last Rank: Unranked

The St. Thomas Aquinas standout (6-5, 270) had been under the radar with his recruitment. That changed in a big way recently. His offers are now coming in from around the country in recent weeks. His last two offers are from Oregon and Arizona State. Washington State and Virginia also offered recently. Since his offers have mostly come recently he hasn’t been to many schools that he has offers from. He’s continuing to get to know different staffs. The Huskers have been in constant communication for a while now and hope to secure an early visit when they can.

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