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.
We have less than a month until the new signees arrive on campus at Nebraska. The weekend of June 5 is when the players who did not early enroll will start moving in. We spent a lot of time looking at who from early enrollee group stood out, but who are the intriguing players about to arrive this summer?
Let’s take a look at some players that stand out to me.
Linebacker Wynden Ho’ohuli
So little is known about the 4-star linebacker (6-3, 220) that will make his way to Lincoln next month from Hawaii. Is there a 4-star player that has arrived at Nebraska in recent memory with more mystery? There are some unique factors contributing to that mystery that are all connected. Since he’s from Hawaii, very few if any people covering Nebraska have seen him play. Ho’ohuli wasn’t able to visit Nebraska during his recruitment either. Which position will he start out playing at Nebraska? The mystery mixed with his ranking has me very intrigued by his arrival in June.
Defensive Lineman Jailen Weaver
The defensive line group is deep and experienced. It would be stunning if Weaver (6-8, 300) saw snaps during the 2021 season. That being said, his long-term projection is fascinating. The quote from Weaver’s mentor and former coach Shamawn Wright has stuck with me since Weaver signed with Nebraska.
“The player that Jailen is, he’s very athletic,” Wright said. “He’s a three-sport athlete. He runs track and field, he started on varsity basketball as a sophomore center. He also just a football player. He’s very athletic, he’s fast and light on his feet. He’s very long and rangy. I think with the quickness and speed with him being long that’s a big advantage for any defensive lineman. Plus, him knowing how to use his hands as well.”
This year will be great for Weaver to get used to college football before he can unlock his potential.
Wide Receivers Shawn Hardy/Latrell Neville
I believe one of the summer arrivals at wide receiver will crack the rotation. Let’s call it my bold prediction for the summer. The problem is which one to pick between Latrell Neville and Shawn Hardy. Neville (6-3, 200) is probably the more polished wideout of the two. It would be wise to remember that Hardy (6-3, 190) will arrive in Lincoln with plenty of potential. The thing that stands out about both is their size. That’ll give them a better chance to see the field right away.
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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.