The weekend we have all been waiting for is finally here. The Huskers have been building to this weekend’s matchup with Ohio State all offseason. That is reflected in the massive visit list. Nebraska will host 11 official visitors plus several priority 2021 targets for the game under the lights with the Buckeyes. It’s a huge weekend for Nebraska with ESPN College GameDay in town and the announcement of a new football facility.
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Let’s breakdown where each prospect is in their recruitment.
4-star OT commit Turner Corcoran (Lawrence, Kansas)
This will be the second game-day visit of the season for Corcoran who will be a fixture on the sidelines this season. He is using his official visit for this game which is notable because he is one of Nebraska’s most willing peer recruiters. The commit has been looking forward to this big game for quite some time now.
3-star QB commit Logan Smothers (Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
Smothers is Nebraska’s longest standing commitment. He joined the 2020 recruiting class on July 26, 2018. Still, this is his first actual Husker game. He will be on his official visit this weekend. The huge weekend will be another big reminder for Smothers of why he picked Nebraska. He will also have his peer recruiting hat on.
4-star OLB Jackson Bratton (Alabama commit) (Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
Bratton is perhaps the most intriguing official visitor of the season. Despite being an Alabama commit from the state of Alabama, this visit has long been planned. Bratton is as good of a high school linebacker as I’ve evaluated on film in this job. This is not a free trip for fun. Bratton is seriously evaluating the Nebraska program, The Huskers have a tall task to flip him from the team he grew up loving but will take its swing with Smothers also in his ear.
4-star OLB Kaden Johnson (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
The Huskers are locked in a B1G battle for Johnson. Just last week he was in Madison to see the Badgers drub Michigan. Yet, Johnson remains uncommitted and is very excited about his trip to Lincoln. The Huskers made a good impression on Johnson during the spring when he visited and now they get a chance to impress his family. He told Hail Varsity that seeing the game and spending time with the coaching staff are what he is most looking forward to on the trip.
4-star CB Darion Green-Warren (Santa Ana, California)
One of the best defensive back prospects out West, Green-Warren has been on defensive backs coach Travis Fisher’s radar for a whole. He’s a former Oklahoma commit with options all around the country but Nebraska will take its swing this weekend in hopes of making a big move.
4-star WR Lavon Bunkley-Shelton (Gardena, California)
One of the fun storylines this weekend is that Green-Warren and Bunkley-Shelton are cousins. Perhaps the duo sees an opportunity in playing for the Huskers this weekend. The 4-star wide receiver is very interested in Nebraska because of his connection with offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters.
“Honesty, Coach Troy Walters is the big reason I’m interested,” he said. “I’m really looking to develop my game and become the best to play wide receiver. Coach has played at the highest level. He has knowledge of the mental side of the game that most don’t know of or don’t talk about. I want to be mentally and physically ready for whatever comes at me. Plus, who doesn’t want to play in front of a sold-out stadium every week?”
The wideout has said he will be announcing his college choice at the All-American Bowl in January.
3-star OLB Jared Ivey (Suwanee, Georgia)
It’s no secret that linebacker is a huge focus for the rest of this recruiting cycle. Ivey fits the profile of the type of outside linebacker the Huskers seem to like. He’s got a good frame, standing at 6-foot-6, 215-pounds. He actually attends the same high school that Husker cornerback Quinton Newsome went to. I’d wager Newsome will be his player host for the weekend.
3-star DT Marquis Black (McDonough, Georgia)
The Georgia defender stands at 6-foot-4, 280-pounds. He has the ability to play all three defensive line positions. Yet, watching his film, he would be very good as a quicker nose tackle with strength to hold up at the point of attack. If his size checks out this weekend, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Huskers make a strong push to add him to the class.
3-star LB Rodney Groce (Pleasant Grove, Alabama)
Nebraska is serious about recruiting the South. How serious? The team is hosting both the No. 1 (Bratton) and the No. 2 inside linebacker (Groce) in Alabama for official visits this weekend. Groce has had strong interest in both Mississippi State and Georgia Tech but could find a great fit in Lincoln. He’s been looking forward to this trip.
“[I’m most excited about] getting to meet the coaches and players and seeing what the Nebraska atmosphere is all about.”
3-star DB Ronald Delancy III (Miami, Florida)
Bratton isn’t the only committed prospect in town this weekend. Delancy is a current Louisville commit. However, a connection with recent Nebraska commit Henry Gray has really gotten the Miami native to look the Huskers’ way. He’s another long and physical defender that would continue to grow into his body with Zach Duval and Dave Ellis. When asked what has him interested in the Huskers, he told Hail Varsity “everything.”
Unranked OT target Chandler Durham (McDonough, Georgia)
There aren’t a lot of names that we know Nebraska is very interested in adding to the offensive line class this cycle. One we have known for a while is Durham. The Georgia lineman could see the door swing wide open for a commitment this weekend. He’s excited to get to Lincoln.
“I really can’t wait to see what type of energy Nebraska gives off and to see the school and the state.”
2020 Committed Unofficial Visitors
The Huskers will have seven of their 11 commits on campus this weekend. Only the Florida trio of Henry Gray, Tamon Lynum and Marvin Scott III plus Texan Will Nixon won’t be in town.
4-star WR Zavier Betts
3-star RB Sevion Morrison
3-star DT Nash Hutmacher
3-star OLB Blaise Gunnerson
3-star OL Alex Conn
Walk-on lineman Xavier Trevino
2020 Uncommitted Unofficial Visitors
The big deal here is that Oregon commit Myles Slusher will be back in town for the game. The 4-star defensive back took an official visit for the Northern Illinois game and is returning quickly to continue evaluating the program. He is friends with Nebraska running back Sevion Morrison who is helping to peer recruit him.
DB Myles Slusher (Broken Arrow) (Oklahoma)
TE Nathan Boerkircher (Aurora)
DE Baylor Brannen (Millard West)
S Issac Gifford (Lincoln Southeast)
ATH Ty Hahn (Johnson-Brock)
S Ashton Hausermann (Norris)
RB Bryce Kittrell (Ashland-Greenwood)
OC Tyler Marlatt (Elmwood-Murdock)
RB Jaylon Roussell (Omaha Burke)
K Dominik Stadlman (Blue Valley Southwest (Kansas)
NT Teivis Tuioti (Lincoln Southeast)
P Edward Dellinger (Charlotte County Day) (North Carolina)
OT Wyatt Seagren (Oakland-Craig)
DB Mason Nieman (Waverly)
2021 Committed Unofficial Visitors
DE RJ Sorensen (NSU University School) (Florida)
2021 Uncommitted Unofficial Visitors
Nebraska has another excellent group of 2021 prospects that will be in Lincoln. Outside linebacker TJ Bollers, outside linebacker Travion Ford, outside linebacker Seth Malcom, offensive tackle Teddy Prochazka and outside linebacker Ethan Downs are the headliners. Creighton Prep athlete AJ Rollins will be in town for the game. Nolan Gorczycaand Isaac Zatechka are good local offensive line prospects who will also be back on the sidelines.
OLB TJ Bollers (Clear Creek Amana) (Iowa)
OLB Travion Ford (Lutheran North) (Missouri)
OT Teddy Prochazka (Elkhorn South)
OLB Ethan Downs (Weatherford) (Oklahoma)
LB Seth Malcom (Fremont-Mills) (Iowa)
ATH AJ Rollins (Creighton Prep)
OL Nolan Gorczyca (Omaha Roncalli)
WR Brody Brecht (Ankeny High School) (Iowa)
K John Cannon (NSU University School) (Florida)
DE Terrance Fuller (Lutheran North) (Missouri)
RB Javion Hunt (Carl Albert (Oklahoma)
K David Kemp (Andover) (Kansas)
DE Hayden Nelson (Brookfield Central) (Wisconsin)
QB Jake Renda (Notre Dame) (New Jersey)
OT Dodge Sauser (Grinnell (Iowa)
OT Eli Simonson (Archbishop Bergen)
S Jaden Taylor (Park Crossing) (Alabama)
DB Seyi Joseph Oladipo (Eaglecrest) (Colorado)
DB Alex Bullock (Creighton Prep)
DB Keagan Johnson (Bellevue West)
OL Isaac Zatechka (Elkhorn South)
WR Shawn Hardy II (Camden County) (Georgia)
TE Thomas Fidone (Lewis Central) (Iowa)
2022 Uncommitted Unofficial Visitors
OT Zach Brady (Vermillion) (South Dakota)
OC Nick Bunkers (Sioux Falls Roosevelt) (South Dakota)
OC Kendall Dixon (Park Crossing) (Alabama)
S Jake Malcom (Fremont-Mills) (Iowa)
CB Xavier Nwankpa (Southeast Polk) (Iowa)
RB Ali Wells (Lutheran North) (Missouri)
DB Caldra Williford (Lutheran North)
OL Kiyaunta Goodwin (Ballard) (Kentucky)
2023 Uncommitted Unofficial Visitors
ILB Noah Hutmacher (Chamberlain) (South Dakota)
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.