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Nebraska hosted more than 50 recruits in Lincoln for the division matchup with Northwestern. There were a lot of prospects on hand to see Nebraska win the game 13-10 on a last-second field goal. Several of them have given Hail Varsity their reaction. Here is what some notable prospects experienced this weekend in Lincoln.
Walker Howard, a big-time 2022 quarterback came up to Lincoln this weekend. The Louisiana signal-caller was pretty fired up about his time at Memorial Stadium.
“My visit to Nebraska was awesome,” Howard said. “I loved the atmosphere and the coaches. I got to talk to [quarterbacks] Coach Mario [Verduzco]. He’s a cool dude and when I met him for the first time in person he gave me a big hug. Nebraska has great fans and great people. I can’t wait to be back.”
Howard believes he’d be a good fit in Nebraska’s offense and the highlight of the weekend was getting to see the fan base up close and personal.
Quarterbacks are always noteworthy. But right behind that on the list of important positions for this team is outside linebacker. Randolph Kpai, a 2021 4-star from South Dakota, was impressed with what he saw in Lincoln.
“I had a great time in Lincoln yesterday,” Kpai said. “It was great meeting and talking with the coaches and staff again.”
I spotted Kpai on the sidelines talking with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. The defender says it was good talking with him again and that the relationship is coming along nicely. Kpai thought the defense played really well and could see himself fitting into it. There are no immediate plans to get back to Lincoln but Kpai does think he will be back after the season. That’s also when he will start narrowing down his college choices.
Another emerging defensive target for 2021 is defensive end Omarion Fa'amoe. The Utah native stands at 6-foot-2, 255-pounds. He was very impressed with his visit to Lincoln over the weekend.
“I loved it down there,” Fa’amoe said. “The coaches and the area made me feel like I was in Utah still, just with no mountains. Lincoln, Nebraska, is a beautiful area and the people are the nicest I’ve ever met. But man when it comes down to football they are die hards. Their facilities are nice with more renovations still to come so I’m excited to see what it’ll look like.”
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— Stuart Tua (@StuTua) October 6, 2019
Fa’amoe said that he was grateful to have the chance to see Nebraska and its fans in person. He already has a relationship with defensive line coach Tony Tuioti. So there is a link to the Husker program.
“Coach Tuioti is family to me,” he said. “He grew up around my mom and uncle so I think of him as my uncle too.”
The weekend seems to have been a successful one for the Huskers on and off the field. Stay tuned to Hail Varsity for more visitor reaction in the coming days.
>> Huskers quarterback commit Logan Smothers posted his midseason highlights. He’s having a fantastic senior season.
>> Check out running back commit Sevion Morrison’s highlights from his game this weekend where he racked up 253 yards and four touchdowns.
>>Fremont lineman Keegan Menning enjoyed his time in Lincoln this weekend.
— Keegan Menning (@KeeganMenning) October 6, 2019
>> Derek Peterson captured the moment leading up to and after Lane McCallum’s time at the bottom of the pile.
>> Bryson Estes, a 2021 lineman from Georgia, picked up an offer from the Huskers and enjoyed a Nebraska treat.
>> Brandon Vogel explains that halfway through 2019 the Huskers will need a Year 1-like rise in Year 2.
>> Wunderkind Wan’Dale Robinson wowed the Wildcats with his explosiveness, writes Jacob Padilla.
>> It’s OK to have confidence in Nebraska’s defense. They have plenty in 2019, as I explain.
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.