Official visits are back in full force for the Huskers starting this weekend, marking the start of an expected busy summer. There has been a shift in recent years as more players want to take summer officials and commit before their senior year. That allows them to get that part of the process out of the way and focus on making state title runs with their teams. Nebraska senior director of player personnel and recruiting Vince Guinta is a big fan of summer officials.
“I love June official visits,” Guinta said this spring. “In the last few years when we had when they first came and then you had a break with COVID and then this year they are back. I love June official visits. I think there is more time that the coaches can be around the kids and their families and spend time with them. I think that’s huge.
“We’re able to be around our players because everywhere you go your current roster is gonna be there working out. A lot of them are taking summer school. So they can still be around the players. All they need to do is look out that stadium, they kind of get a feel for it. Then with something Husker Vision has put together they can get a feel for the game. But you can’t replace the amount of time you can spend with kids”
For its first official visit weekend of the summer, Nebraska will host four visitors. Three prep players will make their way to Lincoln along with one transfer. Let’s take a look at where each is in their recruitment.
Texas transfer wide receiver Marcus Washington (St. Louis, Missouri)
The Huskers might not only be looking to add defensive line talent from the transfer portal. Marcus Washington caught 25 passes for 366 yards and two touchdowns with the Longhorns. Washington (6-2, 190) played his high school football at Trinity Catholic High School in St. Louis. He was recruited hard by the Mike Riley’s staff out of high school and took an official visit to check out the program. The Huskers were one of three schools to host him for an official in the 2019 class along with Texas and Ohio State. Washington would be the third transfer wideout to join Nebraska this offseason.
3-star wide receiver Jaidyn Doss (Peculiar, Missouri)
It’s tough to call a player with double-digit offers under the radar but in a lot of ways Doss fits the bill. The wideout (6-0, 195) has great size to be an impact player when he first arrives on a college campus. He has a strong offer list but with a good senior season could see it grow more. That’s why it’s great for Nebraska to get him on campus for an official visit early. The team has made a great impression on him with special teams coach Bill Busch and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph leading the way. He told Hail Varsity what he is looking forward to with the visit.
“Well, I really want to spend more time with the coaches and see more of the facility,” Doss said.
Nebraska has a great opportunity to jump out to a lead in Doss’ recruitment this weekend.
4-star running back Dylan Edwards (Derby, Kansas)
The Huskers received some good news this week when Edwards (5-9, 165) decided to change his unofficial visit to Nebraska to an official one. Edwards has been a long-time target of the Huskers dating back to the previous version of the offensive staff. His versatile skill-set was on full display as a junior when he was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas. He totaled 3,214 all-purpose yards and 40 total touchdowns and that’s the type of versatility the Huskers are telling him is needed in their offense. The Huskers don’t have a running back or wide receiver in the 2023 recruiting class yet. The Huskers are battling Kansas State and Oklahoma the most for his signature.
4-star offensive lineman Cayden Green (Kansas City, Missouri)
Green (6-5, 310) is the biggest target on campus this weekend. He’s both the biggest target size-wise and the most important. If the Huskers are going to start competing for Big Ten West crowns they’ll have to reel in more impact players in the trenches. Green certainly fits the bill and has the offer list to back that up. He narrowed his 30+ scholarship offers down to a group of five a couple months ago. That list includes Nebraska, Michigan, Oklahoma, Missouri and Miami. The Huskers, Wolverines and Sooners all have official visits on the books and the Huskers get the first visit.
— Cayden Green (@CaydenGreen3) May 11, 2022
Green is the first big test for offensive line coach Donovan Raiola. The coach is getting a big assist from Busch on this recruitment with Kansas City being Busch’s recruiting territory. It will be a tall order for the Huskers to land Green but they are in the mix with a chance to make a big impression.
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.