The first few faxes have already rolled in for Nebraska on National Signing Day 2018. As things stood at the start of the day, the Huskers had six commits that were expected to sign. (East Coasters Casey Rogers and Miles Jones sent their NLIs in within the first hour.)
Beyond that Nebraska is in on 10 players who could theoretically pick up a Husker hat from the table during their signing-day announcements. Things are always pretty fluid on a day like this, but here’s the schedule for those announcements (all times Central).
7:00 a.m. – 4-star linebacker Jaevonte Jean-Baptiste, one of the most coveted prospects signing day, was scheduled to announce first thing Wednesday morning but weather (New Jersey) forced a school closure. Look for something from Jean-Baptiste mid-morning.
7:45 a.m. – 4-star linebacker Caleb Tannor from Georgia. (UPDATE: Tannor Picks Nebraska)
8:40 a.m. – High 3-star cornerback Ken Montgomery from Florida.
9:00 a.m. – 3-star Alabama athlete Cam Taylor.
10:00 a.m. – 3-star Texas defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia.
1:30 p.m. – High 3-star cornerback Taiyon Palmer from Georgia.
1:45 p.m. – 3-star Under Armour All-American running back Maurice Washington from Texas.
Afternoon – 3-star offensive lineman Jarrett Bell and 3-star wide receiver Andre Hunt, both from California, are expected to announce sometime between 3 and 5 p.m. 3-star offensive lineman Willie Canty is also in the mix for Nebraska and will announce at some point on Wednesday.
We’ll be tracking all the news and chatting over here on our premium thread for HailVarsity.com subscribers. In addition, we’ll also have plenty of news and analysis on the site throughout the day. The Hail Varsity Radio show is absolutely loaded with guests, and Greg Smith and I will be doing a signing-day live stream on Hail Varsity’s Instagram tonight at 8 p.m. to put a nice, big bow on things. (Greg and I also did a preview last night, which you should still be able to view for the next couple of hours.)
Thanks for following along, have fun and respect the fax.
Frost’s a Fan
New Nebraska head coach Scott Frost doesn’t tweet often. That’s fine. Kind of refreshing from my point of view. It makes the tweets he does send mean more.
Since wrapping up his UCF duties in the Peach Bowl, Frost has retweeted former Husker Adam Carriker mentioning the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Orange Bowl, retweeted former Husker Jason Peter congratulating current strength coach Zach Duval on a coach-of-the-year honor, retweeted high 3-star running back Maurice Washington taking a zone-read handoff from Frost himself on Washington’s recent visit and . . . last night Frost hit “Tweet” on this:
— Scott Frost (@coach_frost) February 7, 2018
Yes, even though signing day will dominate the discussion this week, don’t forget about Nebrasketball fever. The Huskers went on the road to Minnesota Tuesday night off a long layoff, shot the ball well, held off a couple of Gopher rallies, got a huge game from Isaiah Roby and got the win to move the Huskers to 18-8 overall and 9-4 in Big Ten play.
That puts Nebraska a game clear of Michigan (19-7, 8-5) for fourth place in the Big Ten standings with the head-to-head tiebreaker in hand. Derek Peterson will do his regular deep dive into the Huskers’ tournament résumé later this week, but Nebraska already has BTN analyst and former Purdue great Robbie Hummel.
— Derek Peterson (@dr_petey) February 7, 2018
(Totally unrelated to any pregame comments in the above clip, I really like Hummel’s hoops coverage.)
Today’s Song of Today
Still trying to make this the official anthem of signing day, but it’s hard to know which rendition to choose. Normally I go with George Jones, but let’s try Perry Como out for a change.