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.
The Huskers have tried getting talent from Missouri every recruiting cycle in recent memory. They haven’t had much success in the Show Me State. The team has landed just one commitment from the state since the 2017 recruiting class. That was wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty, who is no longer in the program. Missouri produces Power 5 talent on an annual basis. There are 21 players for the 2021 class from the state heading to Power 5 schools. Nebraska has to keep trying to recruit there though.
The latest player to receive an offer from the Huskers is 2022 defensive end/outside linebacker DJ Wesolak from Boonville, Missouri.
After a Great talk with @coachdawsgbr I’m Blessed to receive my 10th offer from The University of Nebraska🔴⚪️ (Tweet was deleted) @coach_frost @CoachChinander @SeanDillonNU @CoachTuioti92 @NEB_Recruiting @JPRockMO @CoachMRI @AllenTrieu @adamgorney #GBR #Huskers pic.twitter.com/m5DQUOZQoE
— DJ Wesolak (@DeAndreWesolak) October 25, 2020
The 6-foot-5, 225-edge player was excited and blessed to receive an offer from Nebraska. He’s been in contact with director of player personnel Sean Dillon for a while, as well as defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. The conversations are picking up steam now that the Huskers have offered.
“I talked to Coach Dillon a little before they offered,” Wesolak said. “I talk to him a lot but now I talk to Coach Chinander mostly.”
The defender has enjoyed talking to Dillon and Chinander. He likes where that relationship is heading too.
“It’s been great talking to [Chinander],” Wesolak said. “He loves my game and is a really supportive coach and likes to reach out a lot.”
Currently Wesolak holds double-digit scholarship offers. He’s picked up offers from a lot of regional schools like Kansas State, Iowa State and Kansas but he’s also picking up steam outside of the region. Oklahoma and Texas are a pair of schools he says are contacting him frequently. The Big 12 foes could be close to offering him too.
The Missouri native has been doing plenty of virtual visits with Nebraska and the other schools recruiting him right now. He’s doing his best to get a feel for the options he has on the table. He’s excited to get out on the road to see these schools for himself. Still, he knows what he is looking for in a future school.
“I’m just looking for that culture of a team, the winning mentality,” Wesolak said. “Just a place that fees like home.”
It’s more important than ever for the Huskers to continue landing players from the region. That can only help the rebuild under Frost. It helps Nebraska that the regional talent continues to be strong. It matters more if it keeps converting interest into commitments.
>> Huskers tight end commit James Carnie released his regular season highlights over the weekend.
Regular season highlights! https://t.co/L8xoI9IKwa
— James Carnie (@JamesCarnie1) October 26, 2020
>> Priority 2022 Kansas outside linebacker Caden Crawford had a big game over the weekend.
12 tackles, 3TFL, 1 Sack https://t.co/vIfnvsZS0E
— Caden Crawford (@CadenCrawford0) October 25, 2020
>> Keeping with the Missouri theme, 2023 wideout Samuel M’Pemba (6-4, 215) was impressive in his game last week too.
— Samuel M’Pemba (@SMPEMBA5) October 25, 2020
>> Derek Peterson has 10 thoughts from Nebraska’s season opener this weekend against Ohio State.
>> Nebraska is hoping to show that it has closed the gap with Wisconsin on Saturday, writes Erin Sorensen.
>> The Moore To It podcast is recapping the season opener with former Husker Corey McKeon.
>> We have a kickoff time set for Nebraska’s Week 3 game against Northwestern on Nov. 7.
>> Check out the video of Scott Frost from the Huskers’ Monday afternoon availability to kickoff Wisconsin week.
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.