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Nebraska Recruiting: August Decision Looms for a Top Athlete Target

July 18, 2021

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.

An interesting decision is now looming for the Huskers. That’s because 4-star athlete Jaden Mangham announced on Sunday that he has locked in a commitment date.

The Michigan native will make a college choice between Nebraska, Illinois, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Michigan on Aug. 1. Mangham took an official visit to Nebraska the last weekend in June. The athlete was the only official visitor that weekend. He got the full attention of the Nebraska coaching staff which had to feel nice.

Mangham is one of the more intriguing options on the board this cycle for Nebraska. He is among the highest-rated players that is seriously considering the Huskers in the 2022 cycle. He’s a very versatile player. Mangham is a long prospect who can play cornerback, safety or wide receiver at the next level. Like many of Nebraska’s targets, he is also a track athlete competing in the 100, 200, long jump and relay.

The battle for his commitment is also unique. Mangham took three official visits in June. He went to West Virginia June 4. He saw what Georgia Tech had to offer on June 11 weekend and Illinois on June 18 weekend. Nebraska got the final visit June 25 weekend. He took official visits to four of his six finalists. The two in-state schools are in the running but I’d consider both dark-horse picks at this point.

West Virginia has to be considered the favorite at this point. There is a tricky thing for the Mountaineers. He took three official visits after his trip to check them out. Holding on through the other visits would be impressive. We will see which factors win out for the talented athlete.

The time now until the season starts will be key for Husker recruiting in the 2022 class. Landing another two commitments to bring the total to double-digits before the season would be big. That way the Huskers would only need four to six commitments in-season. That could be pretty doable. The Huskers hosted several players over the summer that are uncommitted. Then the game day official visitors are still to come.

Mangham, along with offensive linemen Jake Maikkula and Valen Erickson, could all look to make college choices before the season starts. Landing two of the three would be a huge boost for the Huskers.

Then the season can be used to take the class to another level.

Recruit Watch

>> Chris Brooks Jr., son of former Husker receiver Chris Brooks, committed to Yale on Friday.

>> Bellevue West tight end Kaden Helms committed to Oklahoma over the weekend.

>> Kyler Kasper, a 2023 wide receiver target in Arizona, was invited to the 2023 All-American Bowl.


>> Nebraska basketball landed a commitment from 2022 four-star guar Ramel Lloyd Jr. on Sunday.

>> Erin Sorensen is here to take you through some common misunderstandings and misperceptions in name, image and likeness.

>> As Derek Peterson wrote, quarterback play should define the Nebraska versus Northwestern matchup in 2021.

>> Check out the sights and sounds from the inaugural Stille and Domann Youth Football Camp.

>> Jacob Padilla put Zavier Betts under the microscope in his latest Nebraska football film study.

>> I took a look at the shifting recruiting priorities (Premium) for Nebraska as fall camp gets set to begin.

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