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 a busy weekend for the Huskers with recruiting. We saw a lot of new offers go out last week as the staff was able to get out on the road and recruit in full force. There isn’t a lot happening for the traditional 2022 recruiting class, yet the Huskers are still reeling in transfer players. The team added its 17th mid-year player this weekend. Northern Iowa defensive back Omar Brown announced he is coming to Nebraska. There still could be an addition or two in the program. With the semester underway we may have to wait until the summer.
The team did host an official visitor this weekend for the 2022 class. Running back Ajay Allen was in town. The Louisiana native (5-11, 182) is committed to TCU. He made that commitment to current Nebraska running backs coach Bryan Applewhite. Nebraska did have close to 30 prospects on campus this weekend for the first Junior Day of this year. One of the fun storylines of the weekend was which players if any would pick up new offers from Nebraska. We ended up getting some new offers for the Huskers.
Creighton Prep 2023 offensive lineman Sam Sledge became the fifth in-state offer in his class for the Huskers. He joins tight end Ben Brahmer, offensive lineman Gunnar Gottula, defensive end Maverick Noonan and wide receiver Malachi Coleman as offered prospects. Brahmer and Gottula are already committed to the Huskers. Sledge (6-4, 270) leads a good Prep offensive line that has been among the best in the state during his time on the line.
I am truly honored to say I have received an offer from the University of Nebraska! I would like to thank Coach Frost, Coach Raiola and the rest of the coaching staff for this opportunity! @HuskerFBNation pic.twitter.com/MqjcSCnqKn
— Sam Sledge (@SamSledge1) January 22, 2022
The Huskers also offered Massachusetts quarterback William Watson III on Saturday.
After a great JR Day in Lincoln, I am blessed to have earned a offer to attend Nebraska @HuskerFBNation @Watson_718 @CoachMartinESA @SupremeAthlete_ @QBHitList @247Sports @Rivals @CentralFB413 @JoshHelmholdt @BrianDohn247 @NEB_Recruiting pic.twitter.com/WSrTwmfC1d
— William “Pop” Watson III (@WW3thefuture) January 22, 2022
The quarterback (6-0, 180) has a long history with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. Watson called Whipple a “mastermind of offense” in an interview with Hail Varsity. The offered quarterback list is growing steadily for the Huskers. Watson is the fifth quarterback for the 2023 class to be offered by the Huskers in January.
Nebraska also offered Indiana linebacker Aycen Stevens while he was in town for Junior Day. Stevens (6-4, 215) stars on both sides of the ball for his high school. The Huskers like him at linebacker. The defender is close to double-digit scholarship offers. Those offers include Indiana, Cincinnati, Purdue and others.
I’d like to thank @BarrettRuud/@coach_frost and the rest of the staff for an offer as a linebacker to play at The University Of Nebraska. Very excited and thankful for this opportunity! 🔴⚪️@SWiltfong247 #GBR@HuskerFBNation @DCHawkFootball pic.twitter.com/DFd0g7jk0V
— Aycen Stevens (@AycenStevens) January 22, 2022
Each of the new offers so far make a lot of sense for Nebraska. Sledge is an in-state legacy player on the offensive line. He’s a good prospect and exactly the type of player the Huskers need on the roster. Watson is an intriguing player with good athleticism. Whipple has now offered him at many stops. The Huskers could be in the mix with him until the end. Stevens is a player that could be a plus-athlete at the inside linebacker spot. It’s a nice bonus that he’s from the Midwest. The Huskers could end up battling other regional or conference teams for him.
One future name to keep an eye on that was on campus is 2024 running back Titus Cram. The Iowa native made a return trip to Lincoln. He was able to learn more about running backs coach Bryan Applewhite.
“I got to see the areas that I didn’t see last time,” Cram said. “I also got to have a one on one with Coach Frost and that was fun.”
Cram had a good first impression of meeting Applewhite in person. He told Hail Varsity that he likes the way he teaches the position. It’s early in Cram’s recruitment but he’s emerging as a future priority for the Huskers. Iowa is another team pushing hard for him right now.
It was a good weekend for the Huskers to make inroads with priority prospects. The new coaching staff seems to be making a good impression. We should see a number of these players back in Lincoln for spring practice or the spring game to see a number of these players back in Lincoln for spring practice or the spring game.
>> Omaha Burke 2025 quarterback Sebastian Circo was offered by Ole Miss this weekend.
— Sebastian Circo (@SebastianCirco) January 23, 2022
>> Nebraska 2023 commit Gunnar Gottula enjoyed his time on campus again.
— Gunnar Gottula ⁷⁷ 🦦 (@GottulaGunnar) January 23, 2022
>> Colorado edge rusher Blake Purchase had a good trip to Lincoln for Junior Day.
— Blake Purchase🃏 (@BlakePurchase) January 23, 2022
>> Fred Hoiberg addressed the Kobe Webster comments and more during a press availability.
>> I took a look at how the Huskers are resetting the 2023 quarterback board (Premium) lately.
>> The Huskers landed Northern Iowa defensive back Omar Brown over the weekend.
>> As Steve Marik found, the All-Conference teams show how much experience matters on the offensive line.
>> Jacob Padilla took a look into Trey McGowens’ return against Indiana.
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.