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Greg’s Guys: Post-Spring Shakeup as Big Board Comes Into Focus for Huskers

April 12, 2022

The April edition of Greg’s Guys is here!

There were big changes to the list this month. Half the list is new but there is a big reason for that. Now that the Huskers have finished spring football we have a good gauge on who was interested in the team based on visits. A a board reset was bound to happen since the Huskers have a number of new faces on their coaching staff and in the recruiting office.

There is one to note: TCU transfer EDGE Ochaun Mathis would be No. 1 but he’s basically a 2022 recruit since he’d join the team in summer.

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

1) WR Malachi Coleman (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Last Rank: 1

There isn’t a more important target than Coleman (6-5, 185) for the Huskers’ 2023 class. His versatility has made him a coveted target around the country. Schools see him playing wide receiver, tight end, defensive end or outside linebacker. Nebraska is recruiting him as a wide receiver. His intangibles are also off the charts as he displays great leadership skills off the field.

The last month has been good to him with offers. Iowa, Georgia, Washington and Oregon have all offered recently. The battle is heating up for Coleman who is intent on exploring his options for now.

2) DE Maverick Noonan (Omaha, Nebraska)

Last Rank: 2

The Elkhorn South standout (6-4, 225) was one of the Huskers’ earliest offers in-state for the 2023 class. The program has never backed down on how hard they are recruiting the prospect who could play defensive end or outside linebacker in college. Noonan has visited Lincoln twice in 2022 with the most recently time being for the Red-White Spring Game. Noonan is one of three in-state players that hold Nebraska offers who are uncommitted.

Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota are pursuing him but Nebraska is recruiting him the hardest. The Huskers are hoping to land the legacy recruit and a summer decision could be looming as he wants to enroll early.

3) OL Cayden Green (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)

Last Rank: 10

Green (6-5, 310) is big-time offensive line prospect out of Missouri. The Huskers hosted him and his family on in March. He was the only visitor that day getting a lot of personal attention from the Nebraska staff.

There was one thing above everything that stood out to Green.

“Just the people. The staff, they seem genuine,” Green said. “They don’t seem like it was a bunch of people just selling recruit pitches. It just seemed like everybody there was genuine. They tell it to you how it was. They were all lowkey and all that stuff.”

Green released his top five shortly after that visit with Michigan, Oklahoma, Miami and Missouri making the cut with Nebraska. He’s going to take an official visited on May 20 to Nebraska (as previously reported on Hail Varsity). Oklahoma is out in front in this recruitment but the Huskers have made up serious ground recently.

4) WR Joshua Manning (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)

Last Rank: 4

Manning (6-3, 190) was an All-State and All-Conference selection as a receiver and return man as a junior. He had 1,194 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns. That got Nebraska wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph’s attention. He’s been to Lincoln several times including a Junior Day in March and the spring game. Hail Varsity sat down with him for an interview after that spring game visit.

The Huskers should remain a factor in Manning’s recruitment until the end. He’s set to take a spring visit to Arkansas next.

5) DL Riley Van Poppel (Argyle, Texas)

Last Rank: 5

The Huskers need to land multiple defensive linemen this cycle. Van Poppel (6-4, 270) was a key visitor in March for the Huskers. The Texas native had 40 tackles with 14 for loss and seven sacks as a junior. Defensive fronts coach Mike Dawson has built a good relationship with the defender who had a good visit to Lincoln.

“It was great, I loved getting to finally come up and see everything,” Van Poppel said. “What stood was the culture of Nebraska football and just the intensity of practice. But also, how the staff is, they are very family feeling and good people which I liked.”

Washington, TCU and Colorado are a few of the other schools that are pursuing the defender hard. His profile continues to rise as more schools get ahold of his film. The Huskers are in a good spot but it would be great to get him back on campus this summer for an official or unofficial visit.

6) DB Braeden Marshall (Lake Mary, Florida)

Last Rank: Unranked

Marshall (5-10, 170) earned all-state honors in Florida playing in the state’s highest classification for the 2021 season. His offer list reflects him being a 4-star prospect with nearly 30 schools offering him. He took an unofficial visit to Clemson before attending Nebraska’s spring game. The Tigers, Nebraska, Arkansas and Florida State seem to be separating from the pack in his recruitment.

7) WR Barry Jackson (Ellenwood, Georgia)

Last Rank: Unranked

The Huskers were early to offer Jackson (5-11, 175) and are one of his few Power Five offers right now. That could change quickly for the speedster from Cedar Grove High School. He shared a position group with Nebraska 2022 signee Janiran Bonner last season. Jackson was part of a large group of Georgians who stayed in Lincoln from Friday to Sunday with the spring game sandwiched in the middle of the visit.

8) DL Trey Wilson (Garland, Texas)

Last Rank: Unranked

As mentioned, defensive linemen are going to be a priority for the Huskers on the recruiting trail. Another player to keep an eye on is Texas native Wilson. The lineman (6-4, 260) visited Nebraska for the spring game and was impressed by what he saw. The all-district selection as a junior sat down with Hail Varsity to detail his thoughts on the trip.

The Huskers face stiff competition from all over the country for Wilson. The team has put itself in the race for one of his five official visits.

9) DB Kayin Lee (Ellenwood, Georgia)

Last Rank: Unranked

Lee (5-11, 185) was one of several high-profile visitors from Georgia for the spring game. The Huskers have the duo of Sean Beckton and Travis Fisher recruiter the talented defender who has close to 30 scholarship offers. He has also checked out Florida, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and FSU for visits since leaving the Georgia recruiting class in February.

10) RB Dylan Edwards (Derby, Kansas)

Last Rank: Unranked

Edwards (5-9, 165) is one of the top running backs in the region for the 2023 recruiting class. His recruitment has blown up over the last month. He’s up to 28 scholarship offers from all over the country. Edwards was prolific during his junior season. He tallied 2,603 rushing yards with 38 touchdowns. The Huskers did get him on campus for a Junior Day visit but many schools are pushing hard. That includes Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas A&M who he visited recently.

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