The start of the Scott Frost Era is upon us.
Nebraska will host some important visitors on Saturday to get them around the atmosphere of Memorial Stadium, which is expected to be electric. Nebraska currently has 15 verbal commitments before the season starts and I expect them to add at least 10 more during the season.
Let’s breakdown where each prospect is in their recruitment.
2019 official visitors
3-star RB Wandale Robinson
Robinson is a real wildcard visitor this weekend. He is undoubtedly one of Nebraska’s top targets for the 2019 cycle. The dynamic running back was at Purdue’s Thursday night opener and the Boilermakers are a real threat here along with Ohio State and Alabama. Don’t be surprised if Nebraska shoots up his list with a good visit.
3-star DB Tiawan Mullen
Mullen fits exactly what defensive back coach Travis Fisher is looking for in a player he brings to his room. Mullen is tough, fast and likes to hit. Nebraska enters the weekend in a great position with the South Florida defender. He does have visits scheduled to a couple of his other finalists after this but I have him on commit watch this weekend.
3-star DL Brant Banks
Banks is one of the more under the radar visitors of the weekend but the Nebraska staff loves him. The Huskers are looking to add two more defensive linemen and Ty Robinson has a sppt saved for him in case he decides to join the class. Banks would make a nice addition and has the type of size (6-7, 265) that Mike Dawson is looking for in his defensive ends. The Houston native could be looking to end things with his recruitment quickly.
3-star OL Dohnovan West
West was a late addition to the visit list and is a player that offensive line coach Greg Austin would love to be able to mold. On film, he is a throwback player who is very physical at the point of attack. I exchanged messages with him to see what he’s looking forward to most about the visit.
“I am really looking forward to getting a feeling for Nebraska," West said. "I have never been out there so I feel that it is important for me to see the atmosphere. The thing that I am most excited for the game on Saturday. Nebraska has great fans and the stadium is going to be going crazy.”
4-star OL Bryce Benhart
Benhart probably represents the crown jewel of the recruiting weekend. First, he’s a terrific prospect. Benhart is a true mauler at tackle. The Huskers are battling Wisconsin and Michigan for his services but he and his family have really taken to the Nebraska staff. There is optimism he could be in the class soon.
2019 unofficial visitors
Husker commit OLB Garrett Nelson
Husker commit DL Ethan Piper
Husker commit ATH Garrett Snodgrass
4-star OL Danielson Ike
Ike is a very interesting prospect to keep track of coming in for an unofficial visit. He has a massive frame (6-6, 315) and versatility to play guard or tackle in college. He has visited Nebraska a couple times during the offseason so getting a game day experience under his belt could get a long way for the Huskers’ chances to land him.
Other 2019 in-state unofficial visitors
OL/DL Noah Stafursky (York)
Stafursky has an offer for a preferred walk-on spot at Nebraska. There is a good chance he will jump on that.
OL Cole Aniello (Millard West)
Aniello, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman, also received a preferred walk-on offer.
OL/DL Logan Herman (LSE)
OL/DL Mehki Butler (Omaha North)
TE/DE TJ Skradski (Omaha Skutt)
DL Jackson Creek (Millard North)
OL/DL Riley Moses (Filmore Central)
TE/OLB John Goodwin (Lincoln High)
WR/CB Chase Norblade (Papio South)
DB Brady Danielson (York); comitted to Northern State for basketball
RB Dylan Kautz (Norfolk Catholic)
RB Zach Weinmaster (Loveland, CO); brother of current Husker Jake Weinmaster
ATH Cameron Baker (Council Bluffs,IA)
ATH Luke Reimer (Lincoln North Star); comitted to South Dakota State
RB Zander Gray (Omaha North)
QB Cedric Case (Lincoln High); comitted to North Dakota
DE Luke Sims (Creighton Prep)
DE/TE Jake Heineman (Fremont)
LB Caden McCormick (Lincoln Southwest)
LB/RB Braden Sellon (Lincoln East)
RB/LB Barrett Sellon (Lincoln East)
DB/WR Darius Luff (Lincoln High); committed to North Dakota
K Grant Detlefsen (Lincoln Southeast)
2020 unofficial visitors
3-star WR Xavier Watts (Omaha Burke)
A lot of attention at Omaha Burke goes to Nick Henrich and Chris Hickman, and rightfully so because they are both tremendous players and prospects. But more and more people have started to notice junior wide receiver Xavier Watts. He stood out to me when I saw the team play in Burke's season opener. I would be surprised if he doesn’t end up receiving an offer from Nebraska.
4-star OL Turner Corcoran (Lawrence Free State)
One of the best prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2020, Corcoran has been to Lincoln several times since Scott Frost took over the program. He has a great relationship with the staff and is one of their top targets in 2020. Nebraska is doing a great job with him and he could be in the 2020 class sooner rather than later.
RB Brison Cobbins (Bishop Miege)
Cobbins was a standout performer at Friday Night Lights this summer where he ripped off one of the fastest 40 times at the camp. He’s had a great start to his junior season on the field and certainly has the interest of the Nebraska staff.
“I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and the environment up in Lincoln on game day," Cobbins said. "And the strong family bond the teams has and how they showcase that on the field."
Miko Maessner (Kearney)
Issac Gifford (Lincoln Southeast); brother of current Husker captain Luke Gifford
Mason Armstead (Creighton Prep)
2021 unofficial visitor
Avante Dickerson (Omaha Westside)
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.