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Nebraska Recruiting: Offers and Activity Pick Up for Huskers as Dead Period Lifts

January 16, 2022

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.


Business is picking up for the Huskers in recruiting once again. This recruiting cycle has been an interesting ride. We’ve saw a lot of activity over the summer, a slowdown during the season and a huge spike after the season. It’s been a roller coaster ride but as the latest dead period lifts it looks like we are set for a new wave of action.

That action got going on Friday. Wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and special teams coach Bill Busch hit the trail. Joseph stopped by a few schools in Nebraska. He made a stop by Lincoln East to see rising 2023 athlete Malachi Coleman. The prospect hit it off quickly with Joseph. The message from Joseph was that he would outwork everyone to land Coleman.

Quarterback has been a hot topic this offseason. The Huskers pushed hard to land at least one transfer at the position. The room isn’t quite settled but we knew that the Huskers would be evaluating 2023 quarterbacks soon. The Huskers offered a scholarship to 2023 quarterback Avery Johnson on Friday.

Busch visited Johnson on Friday. The Maize High star threw for 2,550 yards and 20 touchdowns with six interceptions. He also rushed for 1,080 yards and 22 scores during his junior season. That wasn’t the only offer related to Busch. Derby, Kanas, 2023 running back Dylan Edwards was also offered by Nebraska.

Edwards was the Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year in 2021. He rushed for 2,603 yards and 40 touchdowns. Edwards has early offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin and Minnesota among others. That wasn’t it for the running back related news over the weekend. In a late-twist, Texas A&M transfer running back Deondre Jackson won’t be enrolling at Nebraska this month. He remains committed to Nebraska. Academics will keep him from joining the Huskers for spring football.

The Huskers did find a quick replacement for Jackson. Nebraska hosted junior college running back Anthony Grant this weekend. Grant didn’t have an offer coming into the weekend but exits the weekend committed to the Huskers. He was very productive at New Mexico Military Institute. He posted 1,730 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns in 2021. He’ll be in winter conditioning soon.

It was a busy official visit weekend for the team beyond Grant. Six total visitors were in town. It was a good opportunity for Trey Palmer and Decoldest Crawford to see their new home. Neither had been to Lincoln before committing to the program. The Huskers hosted important visits with defensive back Kylon Griffin and quarterback Chubba Purdy. Griffin has upcoming visits to Clemson and USC planned before signing day. The Huskers are hoping the strong relationship between Purdy and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple helps land him. The Huskers are battling Oklahoma for Purdy.

More news is expected from the visit weekend. There are other transfers the Huskers are involved with, too. The semester is starting Tuesday. Nebraska would like to have its mid-year transfers in place this week. The coaching staff will be back on the road in full force recruiting. There is still plenty to come between now and February when the 2022 class is finalized.

Recruit Watch

>> Alabama defensive back Kylon Griffin enjoyed his official visit to Nebraska.

>> LSU transfer wide receiver Trey Palmer is ready to get to work in Lincoln.

>> Nebraska 2023 linebacker target Phil Picciotti was offered by Michigan State over the weekend.

>> Class of 2023 outside lineback Teitum Tuioti was offered by Oregon this weekend.

ICYMI

>> Drake’s Takes took a look at a tough week for basketball and a finished football staff.

>> New offensive coordinator Mark Whipple is the highest-paid coordinator in Husker football history.

>> Jacob Padilla has five thoughts on Elkhorn South’s 64-61 overtime win at Lincoln North Star.

>> Steve Marik scored the defensive backs in his latest entry in his series.

>> Get five thoughts on Omaha Central’s 60-47 win at Lincoln East this weekend.

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