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Huskers Set to Host Several Recruits

January 20, 2017

After last weekend’s visits, Nebraska landed two important commitments from both Tyjon Lindsey and Chris Walker. This weekend, the Huskers hope to land even more commits, as they will host six impressive prospects this weekend. Out of those six, three are currently not committed to Nebraska, providing an opportunity for the Huskers to show off Lincoln, Nebraska, and potentially gain new commitments out of the deal.

Committed Visitors


Brenden Jaimes

OL | 6-5, 250 | Austin, Texas

Brenden Jaimes will take his first official visit to Nebraska this weekend, though he has already made an unofficial visit for the Illinois game. Jaimes committed to Nebraska on April 16 following the spring game. He was a bit of an under the radar recruit at the time of his commitment but his stock went through the roof following a dominant senior season in which he led Lake Travis to the Texas Class 6A state championship. Jaimes’ performance led to many in-state schools attempting to keep the talented tackle in state, but he stayed loyal to Nebraska and Coach Mike Cavanaugh, saying no to Baylor, TCU and Texas in the process. He is being recruited to play left tackle.

Deontre Thomas

DT | 6-2, 260 | Mustang, Oklahoma
 
John Parrella’s first defensive line recruit will be taking his first official visit to Lincoln this weekend. Parrella is attempting to keep the ultra-talented defensive linemen in his class, as Notre Dame is making a sustained push to try to steal Thomas before signing day. Thomas was tremendous as a senior at Mustang, helping lead the Broncos to an 8-4 record and the Oklahoma Class 6A semifinals. Thomas has been recruiting as a defensive tackle, but can easily make the switch to defensive end in Bob Diaco’s 3-4 scheme.

Jaylin Bradley

RB | 6-0, 180 | Bellevue, Nebraska

The best running back in the state of Nebraska will finally take his first official visit to Lincoln this weekend, as Bellevue West’s Jaylin Bradley penciled in his official visit to Nebraska earlier this week. Bradley finally received his offer from the Huskers after an incredible senior season in which he ran for 2,915 yards and 50 touchdowns while leading the Thunderbirds to a 13-0 record and the Class A state title game.

Uncommitted Visitors

Bryan Thompson

WR | 6-3, 185 | Moreno Valley, California

Top schools: Oregon, Washington, Nebraska

Nebraska will get a chance to land another stud wide receiver from the west coast this weekend, as Bryan Thompson has plans to visit Lincoln. Thompson had been committed to Boise State for most of the recruiting cycle, but decommitted on Jan. 2. This will be Thompson’s second official visit of the cycle after taking an official visit to Oregon on Nov. 12. At this point, Oregon is considered the favorite to land Thompson, but the Huskers have a golden opportunity to make up some ground with him this weekend.

Chance of committing this weekend: 25%

Deommodore Lenoir

CB | 6-0, 175 | Los Angeles, California

Top schools: Oregon, USC, Nebraska

The Huskers will finally get their chance to host Deommodore Lenoir this weekend and Donte Williams will use the time to hopefully reel in the talented cornerback. Nebraska has been pursuing Lenoir heavily since last spring, hosting him for their spring game last April. Despite best efforts, the Huskers appeared to have fallen out of the race for Lenoir after he committed to Oregon on June 23, but Lenoir re-opened his commitment in late November when Mark Helfrich was fired.

Lenoir now appears to be between Nebraska, Oregon and USC as we near signing day. Nebraska looks to be trailing Oregon at this point, but Williams has a tremendous relationship with Lenoir, and Nebraska can make up a lot of ground this weekend. Watch for Lenoir to announce on signing day.

Chance of committing this weekend: 20%

Elijah Blades

CB | 6-3, 170 | Pasadena, California

Currently committed to Florida

Nebraska will be hosting another longtime target this weekend in Elijah Blades, who will finally make his official visit to Lincoln. Blades had originally planned to visit Lincoln for the Maryland game, but re-scheduled when his father was unable to make the trip with him. This visit is coming at a perfect time for the Huskers, as Blades appears to be moving away from his commitment to Florida as National Signing Day approaches. If there were a commit to expect this weekend, I would put my money on Blades, although he is expected to make his final decision on National Signing Day.

Chance of committing this weekend: 35%

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