The dead period has been lifted and the Huskers are able to host visitors again. This weekend was supposed to be bigger but a pair of visits will not happen. Most notably, offensive line transfer Tre’mond Shorts will not be in town. The Huskers will host six players for official visits this weekend. Three of those players are already committed out of high school or from the portal.
Let’s break down where each player is in their recruitment right now.
3-Star Wide Receiver Commit Decoldest Crawford (Shreveport, Louisiana)
Crawford is one of the late additions to Nebraska’s 2022 recruiting class. He already signed with the Huskers and is set to join the team this summer but he’s never been to Lincoln. Crawford made the commitment based on a strong relationship with new wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. The Huskers will get to show him his new home in person this weekend.
New Mexico Military Institute Running Back Anthony Grant
Grant (5-11, 210) is a bounce back from Florida State. He doesn’t have an offer from Nebraska yet but Nebraska is evaluating him for an offer. The back dominated junior college the last two seasons. He racked up 1,730 yards rushing last year with 18 touchdowns averaging 7.2 yards per carry at NMMI. Grant is originally from Buford High School in Georgia. That’s the same high school that Huskers running back Gabe Ervin Jr. is from. Grant is scheduled to also visit FAU and USC this month as well. The Huskers have a lot of scholarship running backs on the roster now but seem to be keeping their options open.
3-Star Defensive Back Kylon Griffin (Montgomery, Alabama)
Each year since the early signing period went into effect we see a pattern. Prospects can become hot commodities during January if they didn’t sign in December. One of the best examples of that this cycle is the defensive back from Alabama. Griffin (6-1, 180) had been committed to Mississippi State but left its class and did not sign. Now he’s got Nebraska, Clemson, USC and others after him. The Huskers are pushing hard for him with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander leading the charge. It’s a big opportunity for the Huskers to make the first impression.
Texas A&M Transfer Running Back Commit Deondre Jackson
Jackson is the only commitment visiting this weekend who has been to Lincoln before. The running back visited Nebraska twice during the 2020 recruiting cycle. He’s looking for a fresh start at Nebraska after being buried on the depth chart behind talent running backs in College Station. Jackson will be among the first players to meet new running backs coach Bryan Applewhite.
LSU Wide Receiver Commit Trey Palmer
The former LSU playmaker will reunite with Joseph this weekend. Palmer (6-0, 180) is one of the more intriguing transfer additions for the Huskers this offseason. He might not put up 80 catches and 1,000 yards in the 2022 season but he’s going to be a weapon out of the slot for the Huskers. Palmer should also boost Nebraska’s lagging special teams. It has been missing any return element recently.
Florida State Transfer Quarterback Chubba Purdy
The most notable target on campus this weekend has been busy. Purdy (6-2, 215) didn’t win the job at Florida State and got into the transfer portal. He’s been patient since entering the portal. A lot of coach and quarterback movement has happened since he decided to leave Tallahassee. He appears to be down to picking between Oklahoma and Nebraska. Before his visit to Nebraska he was in Norman to see what the Sooners have to offer. The Huskers get their shot now and hope to convince him of the plan to develop him long-term. If all goes well Purdy will visit and stay on campus for the start of the new semester.
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.