If you feel like watching a football camp, this week’s Friday Night Lights camp at Memorial Stadium should be about as good as that experience can be. (Presuming Lincoln gets 5-star weather, unlike last week.) It looks for now like a big, big night for Nebraska recruiting, which continues to gain momentum.
Visit lists are always fluid, but at the moment there is a top group of 14 2018 prospects expected to attend that, if it were Nebraska’s class at the moment, would likely be one of the top five classes in the country. There are eight current Husker commits in that group: Manuel Allen, Will Farniok, Masry Mapieu, Joshua Moore, Barret Pickering, Brendan Radley-Hiles, Tate Wildeman and Chase Williams.
That’s a good group and the six top uncommitted 2018 prospects offer a mix of 4-star talent Nebraska has been pursuing, one wide receiver it used to have in the class (Cameron Brown, who decommitted earlier this month) and one big addition. Harrisburg, Pa., defensive end/linebacker Micah Parsons tweeted that he’s coming to Lincoln this weekend.
Parsons is a former Penn State commit with a 5-star rating. His Hudl page lists a 4.66 40 time, which is not bad at all for a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defender. Parsons spent last weekend at a Penn State camp and has an Alabama visit scheduled for July, so the competition will be stiff here, but Nebraska simply getting him on campus is an indication of a continued upward trend.
And that wasn’t the only proof. One of the top players in the country in the 2019 class is also coming.
Pappoe is a 4-star prospect from Loganville, Ga., with offers from all the heavyweights. The Huskers are also expecting a pair of 4-star wide receivers from St. Louis and a talented running back from Texas in the group of 2019 prospects.
Offensive lineman Chris Bleich won’t be there. He committed to UCLA on Monday. The Huskers’ class is also back down to 10 following news that Nebraska and wide receiver commit Eric Fuller have parted ways.
But there’s plenty going on with recruiting to keep Husker fans happy. We knew from the past two recruiting classes that Nebraska was gaining speed. Right now, it might be at full speed.
The Grab Bag
- Speaking of the Huskers and recruiting momentum, Connor O’Gara of Saturday’s Tradition looks at how Nebraska’s current recruiting rankings stack up against those from the past decade-plus.
- “What to Like About No. 4 Michigan.” Yes, No. 4, but Paul Myerberg of USA Today makes a pretty good case.
- “When you’re in this job, you know what’s at stake all the time,” Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin said last week. It was viewed as a response to earlier comments from A&M’s AD, who did little to dispel the notion that Sumlin is on the hot seat.
- Rivals’ national recruiting director Mike Farrell ranks Joshua Moore’s commitment to Nebraska as the third-biggest of the week.
Today’s Song of Today
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.