August has arrived, so that means we have reached official offer day once again.
According to the NCAA, college football programs may not "provide a written offer of athletically related financial aid or indicate in writing to the prospective student-athlete that an athletically related grant-in aid will be offered by the institution" until Aug. 1 of a high school recruit's senior year.”
Now that's it's Aug. 1? Nebraska and the rest of the college football world can start extending written offers to prospects entering their senior seasons. You could say today is when it gets real for the class of 2020.
The Huskers haven't wasted any time making their official offers to the 2020 class. There were prospects sharing their graphics as early as 11:13 p.m. ET Wednesday night. Plenty of athletes have shared their offers, complete with slick graphics from Nebraska.
Who have the Huskers officially offered so far? Let's take a look at some of the key targets.
DL Marquis Black
— A.T.L🌌 (@keesekeese22) August 1, 2019
What you need to know: Marquis Black, a defensive lineman from McDonough, Georgia, is a prospect that the Huskers like a lot. So much so that he has already scheduled an official visit for the Ohio State game. His size (6-4, 280) and athleticism would allow him to play any position along the defensive front.
4-star LB Jackson Bratton
@HuskerFBNation Official Offer! pic.twitter.com/lFLJ6pKFcN
— Jackson Bratton (@jacksonbratton2) August 1, 2019
What you need to know: Jackson Bratton, a 4-star linebacker (HV Rating: 91.6) from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is one of the top linebacker recruits in the country. He is committed to Alabama. Nebraska has an ace in the hole here since Bratton is very close with quarterback commit Logan Smothers. Nebraska is working hard to get Bratton to Lincoln for a game.
3-star RB Sevion Morrison
What you need to know: The Huskers would love to continue grabbing players from the state of Oklahoma and 3-star running back (HV Rating: 85.7) Sevion Morrison represents the best shot at that this cycle. Morrison visited Lincoln the weekend of June 21 and was impressed with what he found in Lincoln. The family atmosphere at Nebraska was big for him. Nebraska is in a great position for Morrison and he is in line for a huge senior season.
4-star DB Darion Green-Warren
— Darion Green-Warren (@gogettadarion) August 1, 2019
What you need to know: Darion Green-Warren, a 4-star defensive back (HV Rating: 92.7), attends powerhouse Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California. Back in March, he de-committed from Oklahoma and has expressed an interest in taking an official visit to Nebraska. He will play in the All-American Bowl this January.
3-star TE Donavon Johnson
— Donavon Johnson(DJ)🧸 (@DonavonJ11) August 1, 2019
What you need to know: Donavon Johnson, a 3-star tight end (HV Rating: 81.8), is a pass catching athlete from Plano, Texas. I don’t expect more than one tight end in the class. However, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Johnson is one to watch. The Texan is a good blocker, shows good hands and route running in his tape.
He will take an official visit to Lincoln week 1.
3-star DB Kendrick Simpkins
What you need to know: Montgomery, Alabama, defender 3- star (HV Rating: 83.2) Kendrick Simpkins told Hail Varsity that he is planning to take an official visit for the Ohio State game. He has high interest in the Huskers based on tradition, the coaching staff and fans.
4-star DB Dontae Manning
What you need to know: Dontae Manning, a 4-star (HV Rating: 93.3) defensive back from Kansas City, Missouri, was once a part of the Oklahoma recruiting class. After opening things up, he hasn’t named favorites but Nebraska was his first offer. They’d love to host him for a game this fall.
3-star LB Choe Bryant-Strother
What you need to know: Choe Bryant-Strother, a 3-star (HV Rating: 84.3) linebacker from Norcross, Georgia, took an official visit in June on a huge recruiting weekend for the Huskers. He told Hail Varsity he was blown away by the visit.
“Well, I knew the history of Nebraska and how great it is as a football school”, he explained. “I know Coach Frost’s history too. I knew the visit would be amazing but honestly, they blew it out of the water for me. It was way more than I expected.”
Getting Bryant-Strother on campus for a game this fall would be huge.
More to come throughout the day.
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.