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Greg’s Guys: New Prospects Rising for Huskers as Season Continues

October 05, 2021

The October edition of Greg’s Guys is here!

The season is in full swing and we are starting to see activity pick up on the recruiting trail for Nebraska. The team hosted its biggest visit weekend of the season for the night game against Northwestern. The primary focus of that weekend was future classes. Nebraska hosted several priority 2023 and 2024 prospects. The Huskers did have one big official visitor.

Since the last time we talked, linebacker Tyler Martin committed to Arizona. He’s off the list. Once again, we are going with a slimmed down version of the list. Given the Huskers anticipated class size of 13 players there just aren’t enough new names to do a full list. However, four of the five names on the list this month are new.

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

1) OLB Ka’eo Akana (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Last Rank: NR

The Huskers are always in search of more pass rush threats. That’s why it was important that the Boise State commitment (6-3, 205) was on campus as an official visitor for the Northwestern game. Getting to see such a dominant effort by the Blackshirts surely made an impression on the Hawaii native. Akana had a monster sophomore season posting 23.5 sacks. He didn’t get a junior season because Hawaii completely canceled the high school season due to COVID-19. The Huskers did enough to give him something to think about this weekend.

2) DL Jalen Marshall (Overland Park, Kansas)
Last Rank: NR

Things can change quickly in the world of recruiting. Marshall (6-5, 275) took an official visit to Nebraska over the summer. Then he committed to Missouri later in the summer. The Tigers sold him on their defensive line coach developing him into an NFL player. That coach was fired this weekend after a poor defensive start for the Tigers. We’ll see if the Huskers can now make the Overland Park, Kansas, native to rethink his decision.

3) DB Jalil Martin (Chicago, Illinois)
Last Rank: NR

The Huskers came through with an offer this summer for the impressive defensive back prospect out of Illinois. He’s new to playing the position, but he impressed the Husker coaches at Friday Night Lights with his length and athleticism. At 6-foot-3, 190-pounds he has the size at the position that defensive backs coach Travis Fisher seems to like. Illinois has been pushing hard for Martin but they aren’t the only ones. He holds offers from Tennessee, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and others. Look for Martin to take an official visit to Nebraska later this season.

4) ATH Vince Genatone (North Platte, Nebraska)
Last Rank: 5

The Husker have kept in contact with the versatile athlete from North Platte. He doesn’t have an offer yet but he was back in Lincoln on an unofficial visit for the Northwestern game. Genatone is having a great senior season racking up touchdowns and tackles. So far, he has 80 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five sacks this season. It feels like this decision will go down to the wire on if the team offers. The big question is if Genatone will wait for Nebraska or take another opportunity on the table.

5) OL Maarten Woudsma (Chesapeake, Virginia)
Last Rank: NR

The Huskers currently don’t have any offensive lineman in the 2022 recruiting class. They will end up taking a player or two at the position but the question is where those players will come from. Nebraska could elect to go the JUCO or transfer route to infuse some experience into the group. If they go the high school route, Woudsma (6-5, 300) is an interesting prospect. He holds an early Nebraska offer and visited the Huskers this summer. It could help Woudsman that he profiles more as an interior lineman since the team needs more help there.

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