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Nebraska Recruiting: Recapping a Wild Week on the Trail For the Huskers

April 04, 2021

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.


It was quite the busy week for Nebraska.

The start of spring football usually means that recruiting slows down a bit. The focus gets shifted to the current team. Depth chart positioning and new player updates reign supreme during the first week of spring ball. We got plenty of that from talking to coaches and players through the week.

We also got something else though this week. Plenty of recruiting news. The week started out rough for the Huskers with recruiting news. Bellevue West tight end Kaden Helms announced his top 10 schools. The Huskers didn’t make the cut. Nebraska also seems to be on the outside looking in for his teammate, Micah Riley-Ducker, as well. Then things started picking up for the Big Red.

James Monds III is a longtime cornerback target from Florida. He announced that Nebraska would get an official visit from him in June. In fact the Huskers will be the first trip he wants to take when the dead period is lifted. Hail Varsity caught up with him to find out more about why Monds regards Nebraska highly.

“I knew a little bit about them with my uncle playing there,” Monds said. “I didn’t really know a whole bunch about what they have and the things that they do for their team that I know now. When Coach Chinander sends me pictures of the whole team having barbecues or going out bowling and just things like that having fun. I really like that about them.”

It was no joke on April 1 when the Huskers picked up their second commitment. of the 2022 recruiting class. Florida wide receiver Victor Jones Jr. (6-2, 180) joined the class in a surprise to many. For Jones the decision had been brewing in his mind for a while before he made things public.

“Coach Frost, the coaching staff and everybody there they really made me feel at home and at peace with making the decision for Nebraska a while ago,” Jones said. “You ask me why now, it’s kind of a late reaction. At the same time, it’s not because it was a spur of the moment feeling that I had to realize myself. So, I’ve known I’ve was going to commit to Nebraska for like a month now. Today I finally got to say something about it.”

The Huskers capped off the week with their first commitment of the 2023 recruiting class. Pierce, Nebraska tight end Benjamin Brahmer wanted to get his class jumpstarted . The decision was an easy one for athletic tight end.

“It was pretty much a no brainer,” Brahmer told Hail Varsity. “My parents and my family all told me that it was a good decision, the best decision I could have chosen so I thank them and my family and my coaches and all my friends for supporting me. Then Coach [Steve] Warren down in Omaha at Warren Academy for helping me get through all this.”

Things had been pretty slow in the recruiting department after Ernest Hausmann committed. The Huskers had a huge week on the trail. We’ll see if the team can keep building momentum for this recruiting class.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers made the top five for Indiana pass rusher Popeye Williams. He’s got a June official visit on the books with Nebraska.

>> Offensive line target Sullivan Weidman committed to West Virginia late last week.

>> Check out the footwork on incoming freshman wide receiver Latrell Neville.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska volleyball was named a No. 5 seed for the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament.

>> Husker corner Cam Taylor-Britt is settling into a leading role (Premium) as spring ball begins.

>> Kelly Hunter is rejoining the Huskers after a spring in an innovative pro volleyball league.

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