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Nebraska Recruiting: Summer Arrivals at Wide Receiver Have Chance for Snaps in 2021

July 29, 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.


Now that fall camp is set to begin on July 30, all the Husker newcomers have arrived on campus. One of the most interesting position groups from the 2021 recruiting class was wide receiver. Nebraska signed three players at the position in the class. Florida native Kamonte Grimes, Georgia native Shawn Hardy II and Texan Latrell Neville signed with Nebraska.

Like the rest of their class, they picked Nebraska without the benefit of an official visit.

“Their story is very interesting,” offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said. “Hopefully we’ll never have another pandemic or anything like this. I met those guys through Zoom and just developing a relationship on the phone. All three of those guys have never been here before until they actually got here in June. Never took an official visit, which just blows your mind. They made a decision to be Huskers on faith.”

Lubick noted during a radio appearance he has a long history of playing true freshmen. That dates back to his time at Oregon with this offense. He won’t be shy to throw those guys into the mix. It appears the first impression the trio made after arriving in Lincoln was a positive one.

“When they got here in June they blended in so well,” Lubick said. “I was so impressed with their maturity and how they showed up early to everything. We talk about, ‘show up early. Have a good attitude. And work your tail off.’ And if you do those three things, in life the great thing is it takes care of itself. And they did that. Didn’t have to motivate them. They’re all self-starters. So that’s worth its weight in gold.”

Wide receiver has been in flux for the last few seasons for the Huskers. Now the position group is poised to be among the deepest on the team. That’s if everyone lives up to their potential. Samori Touré, Oliver Martin, Omar Manning, Zavier Betts, Levi Falck, Alante Brown and Wyatt Liewer are all in the mix. The Huskers aren’t in a position where they have to count on one of the young wideouts to be an impact player year one.

Now if one plays this season it can be a nice bonus for a program needing long-term consistency at the position. It sounds like it would be wise to count on one true freshman getting into the mix.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers hosted 2023 Iowa defensive back Watts McBride for an unofficial visit on Thursday.

ICYMI

>> Scott Frost talked key position battles and more ahead of fall camp opening.

>> Nebraska volleyball stayed hot on the recruiting trail after picking up a commitment from the No. 1 2023 player Harper Murray.

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including what needs to happen for Nebraska football to exceed expectations in 2021.

>> As fall camp is set to begin the Huskers are saying there is a different feeling around the facility. (Premium)

>> New NCAA rules are limiting the contact that can happen in fall camp this year.

>> Name, image and likeness questions are front of mind  for many high school prospects and their parents. (Premium)

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