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 August edition of Greg’s Guys went live earlier on Monday. The No. 1 player on my board remained unchanged: junior college wide receiver Omar Manning. Manning has the potential to make a Dedrick Mills or Jahkeem Green type of immediate splash at Nebraska.
Beyond the top spot, the theme of this month’s list was the rise of the linebackers. Linebacker is an important position group for this recruiting cycle. No. 2, 3, 5 and 7 on the list are all linebackers. Despite missing out on a couple of targets over the summer, Nebraska is in prime position to snag a couple of linebackers.
It was difficult cutting the list down to 10 this month. So, how about we take a look at three prospects who just missed the cut on the Greg’s Guys list?
TE Donavon Johnson (Plano, Texas)
Tight end isn’t a huge need this cycle. I don’t expect more than one in the class given the transfer addition of Travis Vokolek. But the 6-foot-5, 200-pound athlete is one to watch. The Texan is a good blocker, shows good hands and route running in his tape. Tight ends coach Sean Beckton has said that if he finds the right tight end this cycle, the team will take him. Johnson is scheduled to officially visit for the season opener.
LB Caleb McCullough (Oxnard, California)
Despite linebacker being the dominant position on the list this time, I almost had one more on the list. It’s tough to ignore Caleb McCullough after he posted 211 tackles, six sacks and 17 hurries last season. Most of the Pac-12 and Ivy League is after the California native. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he has a good frame. He also has versatility to play inside or outside linebacker. McCullough has scheduled his official visit (Premium) to Lincoln this fall.
DE Tuli Tuipulotu (Lawndale, California)
Tuipulotu is one of many California defensive players that Nebraska is focusing on this recruiting cycle. He is not rated the highest but watching his film you can see a long athletic defender. Tuipulotu has good size (6-3, 254) to continue adding weight to play with his hand in the dirt at the collegiate level. The Californian has an official visit to Lincoln on the books for early in the season.
With a few commitments scheduled between now and the next list, we could easily see any of the three slide into September’s ranking.
>> Former Nebraska wide receiver commit and current Garden City Community College player Dominick Watt is ready for the season to begin.
— Dominick Watt (@1Way_Dom) August 19, 2019
>> Marquis Black, a defensive line target to watch, posted a cool Huskers edit on social media.
— A.T.L🌌 (@keesekeese22) August 19, 2019
>> Mississippi defensive lineman Montra Edwards committed to Missouri a couple of weeks ago. He has since backed off that pledge.
>> Kaden Johnson, a 4-star outside linebacker, has set an official visit date (Premium) to Nebraska.
>> Nebraska announced Blackshirt-inspired alternate uniforms for 2019.
>> Jahkeem Green has everything the team is looking for (Premium), writes Derek Peterson.
>> After practice on Monday, energy was still high for the Huskers.
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.