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Nebraska does play a home football game this weekend against Illinois but with the 11 a.m. kickoff, not many if any official visitors are expected to be in town. Looking ahead to the Nov. 17 matchup with Michigan State a number of official visitors are expected to be in Lincoln.
The number could reach double digits. At that point in the calendar a lot of junior college seasons will be completed and it’s Nebraska’s last opportunity to host visitors for a home game during the 2019 recruiting cycle. On Wednesday, running back coach Ryan Held was asked about balancing a weekend that could have a large group of visitors.
“They’ll be some guys we bring in. Still, the thing we don’t want to do is bring in 20 guys. You can’t entertain 20 guys on a weekend where we have a huge senior day and big game. We want to be able to get as many as we can up to see our venue but you also want to be smart to put yourself in position where you can’t do a good job. So, we’re evaluating that final weekend, who will come up.
"There will be some opportunities potentially for some older guys to come up but we have to make sure we are smart and make sure we aren’t overdoing it for us. Then you don’t do a good job. We want them to see it, but we want to be able to sell what we have here with the meetings and all the different stuff we have to get done on the official visit weekends during the season.”
The highest number of official visitors that the Huskers hosted this season was eight for the Colorado game. It probably helped that four of the players were already commits. There are some big names and important targets expected in Lincoln for the Michigan State game so perhaps Nebraska will try to keep the number manageable.
Look for the staff to be very strategic with how they handle visits for the final two home games. They still would like to host a number of targets after the season too. Since it will be this staff’s second go around hosting visitors after the season in Lincoln, we may see even better results than we did last year when they were still learning their way around.
>>On Thursday, Nebraska picked up its sixth preferred walk-on commit of the 2019 class. Lineman Eli Richter from Kearney Catholic joined the class.
After a long week of prayer and talking with my family I am blessed and humbled to announce that I will be committing to the University of Nebraska! Thank you to everyone that has helped to this point! #HomeGrown #B19RedRevival🏈🎈🌽 pic.twitter.com/lUds9kXOND
— Eli Richter (@ELIRICHTER71) November 8, 2018
>>T Lee, a 2020 cornerback who made a visit to Nebraska for the spring game and the Minnesota game, will be heading to Tempe this week. He is scheduled to make his college decision on Christmas.
Arizona State University this Weekend! 📍🔱 #ForksUp
— The Sniper. 🥼 (@tlee_iii) November 8, 2018
>>Scottsdale Community College OLB/DE Celestin Haba is on Nebraska’s radar to potentially help the pass rush. You can see why in the highlights he released.
>>I broke down some defensive targets that are currently off the radar for the 2019 class.
>>Nebraska volleyball swept Iowa and held them to a season-low hitting.
>>The Huskers got to play in the snow before continuing to prepare for their matchup with Illinois this week.
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.