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The questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we take reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. The Huskers have hosted Junior Day events back to back weekends. These days were the first chance for future prospects to get on campus with the revamped Husker coaching staff. Many people were wondering which players are ones to watch that visited campus.
The good thing about this question for the Huskers is that there a lot of ways to answer it. Generally speaking I would say that Nebraska hit its objectives for the Junior Days. The team needed to get priority targets for the 2023, 2024 and even 2025 class on campus. The program always does a nice job with these events. The response from recruits has been overwhelmingly positive. All the prospects I connected with would like to return to Lincoln to visit again.
There are a handful of names that people were aware of that made it to campus this month. Class of 2023 prospects Quarterback JJ Kohl, wide receiver Malachi Coleman and defensive back Watts McBride were all in Lincoln. That trio has emerged as three of the Huskers top targets. Each has made multiple trips to campus. Other 2023 prospects to know are Texas defensive back Avieon Terrell, Georgia running back Dontavius Braswell, outside linebacker Blake Purchase and Louisiana linebacker Kevon Freeman.
The Huskers also did great work with 2024 prospects this month. Iowa running back Titus Cram is one of the top running backs in the region. He was back on campus this month and enjoyed his time with running backs coach Bryan Applewhite. Major 2024 in-state prospects Caleb Benning and Dae’vonn Hall came to Lincoln. So did 2024 Texas defensive back Mario Buford. Benning, Hall and Buford would be a tremendous group to start the 2024 class with.
These last two weeks were not just good for prospects that were known coming into the weekend. The Huskers always want to evaluate players for offers during these events. Seeing them in person lets the team verify their size. It also lets the coaches see how their personality matches with the program. Nebraska offered 2023 offensive linemen Sam Sledge and DJ Chester. Quinten Joyner, a running back from the 2023 class, was offered. So was Missouri 2024 outside linebacker Williams Nwaneri.
It’s hard to quantify the lasting impact these events will have. This month could be the building blocks for a couple recruiting classes for the Huskers. Getting players from outside the state to Lincoln is helpful. The Huskers are always overcoming the stereotype that there is nothing in Lincoln but cornfields. Getting players here in person always helps dispel that notion. The team has stepped up its level of engagement with recruits locally and in the region. Many of the places that the coaching staff visited over the last two weeks paid off. Prospects from those areas visited campus.
The next step will be securing return visits for spring practices and the spring game. This month set the stage for that for the Huskers.
>> Recent Husker visitor Jamison Patton took a quick trip to Minnesota.
After a great visit I am blessed to receive an offer from the University of Minnesota! pic.twitter.com/ivJ2legei8
— jamo✌🏽 (@jamisonpattonn) January 31, 2022
>> Lincoln High 2023 athlete Ben Ngoyi visited Kansas over the weekend. He was in Lincoln two weeks ago.
— 𝐵𝑒𝓃𝒾 𝒩𝑔𝑜𝓎𝒾 📍 (@beni_ngoyi) January 30, 2022
>> Scottsbluff 2023 offensive lineman Brock Knutson visited Iowa State. The Cyclones have offered him a scholarship.
— Brock Knutson (@knutson_brock) January 30, 2022
>> As Steve Marik writes the Huskers’ skilled post players are putting stress on opposing defenses.
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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.