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Greg’s Guys: Resetting The Big Board After a Month of Commitments

July 06, 2021

The July edition of Greg’s Guys is here!

What a month of changes since the last time Greg’s Guys dropped. Just two of the ten players from last month’s list are back this month. That’s because the other eight all committed during June. The Huskers did land quarterback Richard Torres and wide receiver Grant Page from that group. We have a new number one Greg’s Guy who visited the Huskers during June.

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 Jaden Mangham (Franklin, Michigan)

Last Rank: Unranked

The new number one Greg’s Guy was the Huskers’ last official visitor of the month. He could project to either side of the ball in college. Given the Huskers’ numbers this cycle, it might make the most sense for him to slot in at defensive back for Nebraska. Either way, Mangham (6-3, 185) is a tremendous athlete that would be an asset to any program.

2) OL Jake Maikkula (Littleton, Colorado)

Last Rank: Unranked

The Huskers are battling several schools for the Colorado offensive lineman. He went on a whirlwind tour of schools during June. He was able to fit in visits to each of his final eight schools. Nebraska made its mark on the lineman (6-5, 265) and hope the official visit will be fresh in his mind when he makes his decision soon.

3) DL Jalen Marshall (Overland Park, Kansas)

Last Rank: 4

The defender from Kansas was an official visitor the first weekend of June. Marshall has been a priority for the Huskers all along through the 2022 recruiting cycle. He also could represent the team’s best chance currently at landing a priority defender. He enjoyed his trip to Nebraska which exceeded his expectations.

“I expected it to be a good visit but it blew my expectations out of the water,” Marshall said. “When I was meeting all the coaches for the first time it just felt like I already knew them because I’ve been talking about this a long time. It just felt so normal, like it was nothing. It was just a good experience.”

4) DB Markeith Williams (Orlando, Florida)

Last Rank: Unranked

Williams is one of the highest-rated players the Huskers still have a chance with. The Florida defensive back has a connection to the Huskers. He grew up with current Husker Tamon Lynum. He had heard so much about Nebraska from Lynum but it was great to see if for himself in June.

“The visit was great,” Williams said. “I found out more history behind Nebraska. I’ve also now gotten even closer with the coaching staff. It was a great visit overall. They also have a great fan base.”

It could come down between Nebraska and Miami for Williams.

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

Last Rank: Unranked

The Huskers and Powell (5-9, 170) have had a strong relationship this cycle. The defender from New Jersey holds close to 35 scholarship offers. Nebraska appears to be the only school that got an official visit from him in June. It remains to be seen if the Huskers have a spot for Powell currently. He also could continue to let his recruitment play out into the fall.

6) OL Valen Erickson (Chicago, Illinois)

Last Rank: Unranked

The Illinois lineman is on the short list of players most likely to commit soon to Nebraska. He has strong interest in the team having followed this coaching staff when they were at Central Florida. He took a pair of visits to Nebraska with the second one being his official visit in June.

“I never knew Lincoln was that cool of a town,” Erickson said. “I thought it would be just like cornfields, but it was a great town. I loved it and I loved the spring game. After that I thought we needed to do the official there first. Then over that time, I just built crazy good relationships with everybody in the staff. So, yeah, the official visit was unbelievable.”

The Huskers are in good position with the Illinois native.

7) LB Tyler Martin (Acton, Massachusetts)

Last Rank: 9

The Huskers hosted the linebacker from the East Coast in June for an official visit. Martin (6-3, 238) didn’t take any other visits after his trip to Nebraska. Things seem to be in limbo between Nebraska and the defender currently. The class is already about half full. The limited spaces could be holding things up with the former Michigan commit.

8) DB Nathan Vail (Kennesaw, Georgia)

Last Rank: Unranked

Vail was one of Nebraska’s most intriguing official visitors in June. The team has done well with Georgia players under coach Scott Frost. It was definitely a point of emphasis for the Huskers to point that out during his trip. Vail (6-2, 195) hit it off with defensive backs coach Travis Fisher while on his visit to Nebraska.

“He knows ball really well with playing in the league,” Vail said. “He showed me some little things that I didn’t know that probably only a pro guy or really experienced coach would know. I think he could definitely help me with my career if I went to Nebraska.”

The Huskers will be battling programs closer to home for Vail’s signature.

9) DL Joshua White (Ellenwood, Georgia)

Last Rank: Unranked

Nebraska’s search for defensive linemen in the 2022 class will continue into the season. One name to keep an eye on is Georgia defensive end Joshua White. The defender (6-4, 255) also has flexibility to play defensive tackle is 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 released top seven.

10) DL Chris McClellan (Owasso, Oklahoma)

Last Rank: Unranked

The Oklahoma native saw his recruiting stock rise significantly during the spring. In June he took official visits to Florida, USC and Ohio State. The Sooners are also involved but so are the Huskers. Neither Oklahoma or Nebraska have gotten him on campus yet. Nebraska’s hoping to get him in Lincoln for an official visit this fall. McClellan is a versatile lineman that could excel in a variety of defenses in college.

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