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Nebraska Recruiting: Recapping a Busy Week for the Huskers

August 21, 2020

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.


This is the time in the summer when things ramp up as we inch closer to a season. We typically would have completed Big Ten Media Days, which marks the unofficial start to the new football season. Obviously some of the things we look forward to have changed because of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this last week was a busy one and was a much needed “normal” feeling week.

The week started off with some big news out of California. It was announced that the state would be moving high school football to the spring. We still don’t know what impact this will have on recruiting. The state produces so many college prospects for all levels. California is the biggest state so far to announce that significant of a calendar change but the impact will be felt by the move.

The Huskers also had another big week of landing commitments for the 2021 class. Georgia defensive back Malik Williams made things public on Tuesday. The 3-star defensive back picked Nebraska over Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida and Arizona State.

“I was just looking for family,” Williams said. “I was looking for a bond. They really take care of their players at Nebraska. Nebraska has a good school system too that I looked up. I want to go into computer technology.”

Nebraska has been on a roll adding defensive backs to the team. The last three pledges have all been additions to defensive backs coach Travis Fisher’s group. That continued on Friday. The Huskers added late 2020 defensive back Nadab Joseph. Coming from Independence Community College, Joseph is the No. 1 rated JUCO cornerback for 2020. He’s a big-time late addition for the final spot in the 2020 class. Joseph will have three years to play three seasons at Nebraska.

The Huskers are also continuing their preparations for the 2020 football season. The mandatory workout phase of the summer is completed. Now the next phase is the two-week “minicamp” that started on Friday.

There was also a football camp to attend on Saturday. Former Husker Steve Warren put on the Warren Academy Showcase for local recruits. The top prospects in Nebraska, Iowa and bordering states from the 2021, 2022 and 2023 classes attended. The athletes were recommended by media or by college coaches who recruit the area. Around 140 prospects attended competed and showed their skills.

It was a jam-packed week of news and notes around the Husker program. It was great to return to that feeling of “normal” for a stretch. Hopefully we’ll continue building momentum towards the 2020 season.

Recruit Watch

>> Mississippi quarterback Ty Keyes committed to Tulane over the weekend.

>> Former York Duke Masry Mapieu has decided to leave the University of Louisiana. He’s entered the transfer portal.

>> Pleasanton athlete Tyce Westland committed to Wyoming last last week.

ICYMI

>> I gave my five thoughts (Premium) from the Warren Academy Showcase on Saturday including naming some prospects who will be household names soon.

>> I caught up with 4-star tight end Thomas Fidone to get the latest on his recruitment (Premium) and more.

>> Derek Peterson spoke with Will Bolt about what it’s been like coaching from home for the first-year Nebraska baseball coach.

>> Jacob Padilla caught up with Lindsay Krause who is part of Nebraska volleyball’s impressive 2021 recruiting class.

>> Name, image, likeness legislation is moving fast with a Power 5 push, writes Erin Sorensen.

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