Technically speaking, nothing officially happened for Nebraska on the recruiting trail yesterday. Practically speaking, Wednesday still felt like a big day for the Huskers when it came to a couple of their top targets.
First, wide receiver Jamire Calvin (4-star, 91.1) announced that he’s down to two schools — Nebraska and Washington State.
— Jamire Calvin (@Jcalv6) January 25, 2017
Calvin, as you’ll recall, reportedly shocked the Huskers’ staff when he selected Oregon State on national television at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this month. Since then, however, things have been trending more Nebraska’s way with Calvin.
The second potentially big development came last night as Pasadena, California, cornerback Elijah Blades (4-star, 93.7) decommitted from Florida.
Blades also listed his top five:
Hearing good things for Nebraska as it pertains to Blades. He and defensive backs coach Donte Williams have a relationship that goes back a few years. If Williams were to lure Blades to Lincoln, it’s a class-changing type of get on the defensive side of the ball.
Blades’ Hail Varsity ranking would put him near the top of Nebraska’s current class of commits, in Tyjon Lindsey/Avery Roberts territory. Personally, I think he might be the best player in Nebraska’s class if he ends up in Lincoln.
And if the Huskers could add Calvin to the class as well, that would give Nebraska at least seven players rated as 4-stars or better. Talent isn’t everything in college football, but it’s important. I wrote a little about that yesterday and looked at past Power 5 conference champions’ “blue-chip percentage,” a calculation of the ratio of 4- and 5-star players to the rest of the signees in a class.
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The Grab Bag
- Athlon Sports lists Tommy Armstrong Jr. among the toughest players to replace in the Big Ten.
- On that note, Pro Football Focus listed quarterback as Nebraska’s “biggest signing-day need,” despite the fact that the Huskers have a quarterback committed in this class and three others on campus.
- Brent Musburger, 77, is calling his final game at the end of the month.
- Bob Diaco-to-Nebraska makes Dennis Dodd’s list of “curious” coordinator hires.
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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.