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The Huskers had another opportunity over the weekend to host prospects and their families for a Junior Day event. The team let the players go through a photoshoot which is always a highlight for prospects. The players also had the opportunity to attend individual meetings with position coaches and have a lunch. One of the interesting things about these events is that new offers always come out of them.
This weekend was no different. The Huskers hosted Georgia 2023 lineman DJ Chester. Chester (6-5, 305) is from the same high school that the Huskers got defensive lineman Marquis Black from a couple cycles ago. The lineman is already a popular recruit down south. He’s got offers from 10 schools including LSU, Miami and Mississippi State. He added the Huskers to that list on Saturday.
— DJ Chester (@DJChester6) January 30, 2022
Chester told Hail Varsity that his offer left him speechless. He was just thankful to have the opportunity. The Georgia prospect also enjoyed his time on campus.
“I loved it,” Chester said. “Some of the highlights were the basketball game and me being able to come on the field to see how big the stadium really was.”
The lineman would welcome a return trip to Lincoln if he is able to make it.
The Huskers are always active recruiting Georgia but one state the team is trying to make a bigger effort in is Missouri. The team has had the duo of Bill Busch and Mickey Joseph hitting the state. Nebraska has made several offers in the state this month.
The team was able to get a handful of Missouri prospects on campus this weekend. One was 2024 edge rusher Williams Nwaneri. The Lee’s Summit North prospect (6-5, 235) came away from the weekend with a new offer from the Huskers.
— ✞ Williams Nwaneri 🇳🇬 (@NwaneriWilliams) January 29, 2022
Nwaneri told Hail Varsity that it was a great feeling when the Huskers offered him and that he enjoyed the day at Nebraska. The Missouri native liked the Nebraska coaching staff and specifically noted that he thought the whole coaching staff was cool. There were a lot of highlights on the trip but the defender was able to narrow it down.
“The player panel because you can talk to the players that have already gone through what you’re going through,” Nwaneri said.
His recruitment has been picking up steam lately. He’s now at double-digit offers including Iowa, Arkansas and Iowa State. Nwaneri says that he will definitely be back in Lincoln for another visit.
The Huskers appear to be doing a solid job laying ground work during their Junior Days. Every prospect I’ve spoken with has mention he’d like to come back to campus for another visit. Many of the players that have been on campus the last two weeks will become priority targets down the line. The Huskers got a nice start with them by getting them on campus.
>> Alabama 2023 defensive lineman JaQuize Buycks enjoyed his trip to Lincoln.
— Quize🕴 (@JaQuizeBuycks) January 30, 2022
>> The Huskers did not make the top four schools for 4-star running back TreVonte Citizen.
— TreVonte Citizen✍🏾 (@Tre_Citizen1) January 30, 2022
>> Joe Otting, a 2023 offensive lineman from Kansas, made the trip to Lincoln too.
— Joe Otting (@JoeOtting) January 30, 2022
>> Check out Frost and wide receiver coach Mickey Joseph out and about on the recruiting trail.
— Lee's Summit North Football (@LSNorthFootball) January 28, 2022
>> I caught up with 2023 quarterback target JJ Kohl who enjoyed his film study (Premium) with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
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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.