Big Red Recon: Unwinding a Wild Week for the Huskers
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Nebraska Recruiting: Visitors’ Thoughts on College GameDay in Town

September 26, 2019

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’s almost here. The ESPN crew is hard at work building the set for College GameDay. The show, airing Saturday morning, will be set up on the east side of Memorial Stadium. It wasn't long ago that East Stadium was renovated. It will serve as the backdrop for Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis, Desmond Howard and the Saturday morning show.

Coach Scott Frost spoke earlier in the week about the magnitude of the week ahead with GameDay being in town. 

“This is special,” Frost said. “Regardless of how this game goes, this is a special time for Nebraska. There are some big things coming this week. GameDay hasn’t been here in 12 years. This is a good opportunity to highlight our program, the direction the program is going, the improvement we have made, the path that we are on. It’s going to be great to get national attention here in Lincoln.”

The Huskers are heavily rumored and reported to be announcing new football facilities on Friday. There will also be an Opening Night basketball event on Friday featuring a performance by Rick Ross. Gabrielle Union was announced on Thursday as the guest picker for Saturday’s GameDay show. What better time than to have 11 official visitors in town, right?

I reached out to some of the expected visitors for the weekend to get their thoughts on the show coming to town. 

Defensive tackle Marquis Black said GameDay being in town will make his official visit even more exciting. Priority 2021 outside linebacker Travion Ford will be in town with a few of his teammates. “It’s going to be fire,” Ford said. Running back commit Sevion Morrison is returning to Lincoln for his first Husker game.

“It’s always been a dream to go to College GameDay,” Morrison said. “I know it’s going to be amazing.”

The Ohio State game has long been a game that South Dakota defensive tackle commit Nash Hutmacher was going to come back to Lincoln for. “It’s awesome,” he said. “I can’t wait to be there.” Nebraska’s 2020 quarterback commit Logan Smothers will be in town for his official visit this weekend. He’s looking forward to what the show can do to boost the atmosphere. 

“Man, I knew it was going to be a crazy atmosphere regardless because it’s Ohio State,” Smothers said. “But [GameDay] on top of that, wow. Can’t wait.”

Fellow Alabama prospect Rodney Groce is “very excited” about the addition of GameDay to the official visit weekend. Groce will actually be one of four official visitors who will arrive Friday. Offensive tackle commit Turner Corcoran, offensive tackle target Chandler Durham and defensive back target Ronald Delancy are the other three who will arrive Friday. Corcoran is embracing the big game atmosphere.

“I think it’s pretty huge,” he said. “It’s a highly anticipated game and I think it’ll be a great experience.”

This weekend is generating buzz that I haven’t seen in a long time. The recruits are taking notice.

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers made the top six for Lavon Bunkley-Shelton. The 4-star wide receiver is heading to Lincoln this weekend for an official visit.

>> Nebraska has been sending out more cool edits to prospects wishing the good luck in their games. This one if for Iowa defender Jeffrey Bowie.

>> Smothers is all set for his official visit for this weekend. 

ICYMI

>> This Nebraska is no longer scared (Premium) of Ohio State, writes Derek Peterson. 

>> Jacob Padilla explains how Nebraska volleyball’s offense can be a Ferrari but its not hitting on all cylinders yet.

>> I took a look at Ohio State’s class (Premium) in this week’s look into the opponent’s recruiting.

>> Tom’s Time is back to look at a former Sooner signal-caller who ended up in Bruin blue.

>> Check out the news and notes from Scott Frost’s Thursday press conference where he explained that hopes to see just how far along Nebraska is on Saturday.

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