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 last few days have been very good for Omaha Burke standout Xavier Watts. The two-way star has continued to see his stock rise as he picks up new scholarship offers daily. Just this week, he has picked up offers from Kansas, Iowa and Tennessee. That brings his offer total over double-digits.
Simply put, Watts has become a national recruit and is firmly in the “must-get” category for Nebraska in the 2020 cycle. The reason he is a must-get isn’t because he is blowing up. It’s a combination of two other things. First, he’s very talented. Last season, Watts caught 67 passes for 1,037 yards and 14 touchdowns. On defense he tallied 58 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and five interceptions.
Secondly, just like Nick Henrich in the class before him, Watts could be a player that Nebraska would have to face in the coming years if he doesn’t pick Nebraska. Iowa is a recent offer for Watts but Northwestern, Minnesota and Wisconsin have all been recruiting him hard. It would sting to lose a local player but it would really sting if he decided to go to a division rival and becomes a star for them.
The word is officially out on just how good Watts is. The pressure will be on the staff to land him. I wouldn’t bet against Barrett Ruud and Scott Frost but this will be an intriguing battle to watch play out for his signature.
>> The Huskers will be partnering with Adidas to host a big man camp in June.
We have partnered with @Adidas for a National OL/DL Camp here at Memorial Stadium on June 15th. More info and registration available for all camps/clinics at https://t.co/8bjR9dCiQm pic.twitter.com/v4sWzCROIy
— Gerrod Lambrecht (@GerrodLambrecht) February 20, 2019
>> Travion Ford, a 2021 priority target for Nebraska out of St. Louis, picked up an offer from Texas A&M today.
— Travion Ford ® (@Tre_Got_Skills) February 20, 2019
>> The Hail Varsity staff took your questions in the mailbag and discussed a wide range of topics including the latest of the defensive line coach opening.
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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.