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 questions never stop in the recruiting world. No matter what time of year it is, there is always something to talk about so we take reader and listener suggestions on questions. I then answer the questions in a quick video. This week’s topic is a follow-up from last week’s video. It was a huge recruiting weekend for Nebraska. How did it go?
We knew coming into the weekend that it was going to be a busy one for the Huskers. The thing that was a surprise was the team getting an early commitment in the weekend. Missouri wide receiver Jaidyn Doss became the first wide receiver to jump in the 2023 class before the Friday Night Lights camp got started. Doss (6-1, 200) visited Nebraska for an official visit May 20. The playmaker told Hail Varsity the biggest reasons that led to him pocking Nebraska.
“Honestly, it just felt comfortable to me,” Doss said. “When I went there on the visits we all felt comfortable. Everybody treated me nice and they all treated me like family. They made the environment comfortable for me made it livable so that’s what made me commit.”
Once the camp got going it was tough to ignore all the recruiting star power in the building. Twelve of the Huskers’ official visitors made it to town in time to check out the camp. They all looked like it was fun to take in the atmosphere of Memorial Stadium while hanging out with current players.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) June 4, 2022
There were plenty of camp standouts that participated in drills. One of the top players was Texas 2024 defensive back Mario Buford, the brother of current Husker Marques Buford. Mario made a couple nice plays during the camp that brought big cheers from the group of current players. Friday Night Lights was once again a big success for both recruiting and prospects in attendance. There were a couple players that received scholarship offers after strong performances.
The Huskers hosted a 7-on-7 tournament on Sunday where close to 20 teams battled it out. Teams competed in games in Memorial Stadium and in the Hawks Championship Center. There was a lot of talent on hand for the event but there was a lot of attention on Lincoln East 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman. Several Nebraska coaches and staffers kept a close eye on the prospect. He had just finished up an official visit to check out the Huskers.
It is notable to me that Coleman elected to take part in the tournament. That shows something about the competitive spirit that coaches are always looking for. It’s tough to measure those type of intangibles but this is a clear example. The weekend ended with something I’ve never heard of happening. Coleman held a press conference at a local coffee shop to answer questions about his recruitment and speak about his official visit. One of the biggest pieces of news from the session was Coleman only has one other official set right now. He knows a visit to Michigan is coming but he may also save a visit or two for the season. Still, the Huskers did a great job with the visit.
“I’m not going to lie, Nebraska knocked it out of the park,” Coleman said. “That was my favorite visit by far. “They showed me exactly how they’re going to use me, they pulled up film and showed a bunch of different plays on how they were going to use me. They showed me love like no other.”
While this was the biggest weekend the Huskers will host the team is far from finished this month. I expect the team to host five or so visitors the weekend of June 10 and again June 17 weekend. The Huskers will also host a second Friday Night Lights camp plus the Adidas Pipeline OL/DL camp on June 18. There’s plenty more recruiting news to come in an important summer for the program.
>> Class of 2025 Omaha North defensive lineman Tyson Terry was offered by Vanderbilt over the weekend.
— Tyson Terry🦍 (@tyson_terryyy) June 6, 2022
>> Texas 2023 athlete Sergio Snider has the Huskers in his top seven.
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>> Recent Huskers camper at Friday Night Lights Ju’Juan Johnson was offered by LSU on Monday. The Huskers offered over the weekend.
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— Ju’Juan Johnson (@JujuanJohnson7) June 6, 2022
>> Joshua Manning sat down with Hail Varsity on the YouTube channel to discuss his official visit this weekend.
>> Steve Marik has observations from Nebraska’s 7-on-7 tournament over the weekend.
>> I caught up with Elkhorn South star Maverick Noonan to get his thoughts on his official visit to Nebraska.
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.