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Nebraska hosted its Junior Day over the weekend for many 2020 prospects but also 2021 and 2022 prospects as well. The event seems to have gone well overall with a lot of positive feedback from the attendees. One of the 2020 prospects in Lincoln was Raytown, Missouri, cornerback Aries Brown.
— AB⚡️ (@AriesBrown_20) February 2, 2019
He gave pretty good feedback when asked about his thoughts on the event.
“I found it pretty good,” Brown said. “The coaching staff was pretty cool to talk to. I talked to the quarterbacks coach [Mario Verduzco]. He felt pretty good and confident about the team and all that. He showed us his techniques and how he does things.”
Brown was joined by his teammates Dontae Manning and D’Vontae King. Brown stars on both sides of the ball for Raytown but the Huskers are looking at him as a cornerback. In fact, one of his favorite parts of the trip was getting to spend time with defensive backs coach Travis Fisher.
Brown has also been talking to Kansas State and recently visited Manhattan, Kansas. He has some pretty specific goals in mind for his senior season.
“I need to be way more aggressive to play press man,” Brown said. “A lot of colleges want you to be able to play press man. Also, just locking people up.”
As the defender gets deeper into the recruiting process, he wants to find a college with a good program and strong academics. He also wants to be able to get along it the coaching staff.
Thanks to all the BALLERS that visited @HuskerFBNation today. Something special is happeNing N Lincoln. Can’t wait to show more BALLERS this spring why #ThereIsNoPlaceLikeNebraska. #GBR🔴🌽 pic.twitter.com/lcIUpMXKlK
— Troy Walters® (@CoachWalters1) February 3, 2019
>> Soni Fonua, a JUCO defensive end/outside linebacker, visited the Huskers in January. On Sunday, he committed to LSU.
>> Carson Lee, a 2020 offensive lineman from Colorado, decided to stay home Saturday night and committed to Colorado. Lee was teammates with Huskers 2019 signee Michael Lynn.
— Carson Lee🇺🇸 (@CarsonLee75) February 3, 2019
>> On Saturday, Nebraska 2020 QB commit Logan Smothers placed 4th in the 400M state track meet and just missed out on a podium finish.
Off to a great day on Final Day of the State Indoor Meet. Logan Smothers🏈 placed 4th in the State for the 400M by a photo finish loss missing out making it to the podium. Elijah Frankel placed 10th in the 1600M w/ a new PR, Hamilton Pressnell🏈 w/ a new 400M PR @logan_smothers pic.twitter.com/KyUIszyt6m
— Shane Smothers (@CoachSmothers5) February 2, 2019
>> Hail Varsity caught up with 2020 4-star OT Turner Corcoran after Junior Day and he has a decision timeline in mind. (Premium)
>> Gabriel Rubio, a 2021 defensive tackle from Missouri will be one to watch and he had a great time with his teammates in Lincoln on Saturday. (Premium)
>> Jeffrey Persi is a 2020 OT from California who is liking what he hears from offensive line coach Greg Austin. (Premium)
>> Nate Matlack is a pass-rusher in the 2020 class who is plenty familiar with the Huskers.
>> Missouri native Noah Arinze has lots of potential at outside linebacker and enjoyed the Huskers staff at Junior Day.
>> Brandon Vogel takes a look at which Husker had the best Super Bowl.
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.