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 June edition of the Greg’s Guys list is out.
Greg’s Guys is my monthly list of the top 10 players in the class based on Nebraska’s needs, how a player fits in the scheme and talent. The June list saw a major shakeup. There were only three players that remained on the list that were in the May group. The biggest thing that hurt Nebraska over the last month was Kansas athlete Jaren Kanak canceling his official visit. His recruitment took off in a big way over the last month. Otherwise the list has been updated to reflect many of the official visitors who plan to visit Nebraska this month.
There is no way to capture the whole picture with 10 top targets. There are several players who just missed the cut for the list this month. Let’s highlight a few.
OL Ashton Craig (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)
Offensive line recruiting has been a source of intrigue this spring for Husker fans. Not necessarily because the fan base is panicked about the position. It’s more because offensive line is a position people like to follow here. Craig (6-5, 260) is a prospect out of Lawrenceburg High School. He has an official visit set for Nebraska June 4 weekend.
LB Gavin Meyers (Hays, Kansas)
The Huskers have been recruiting Meyers for as long as almost any recruit in this cycle. The team offered him back on Jan. 30, 2020. The interest has been mutual for that long too. The issue right now is that space is tight at Meyers’ position. The team has an inside linebacker committed for 2022 and it’s a deep position group on the team. We’ll keep an eye out if Meyers makes that originally planned early June official visit to Nebraska.
OL Valen Erickson (Chicago, IL)
Erickson picked up his offer from the Huskers back in April. Soon after that he took a trip on his own to check out Nebraska for the Red-White Spring Game. His interest was sparked in the Huskers because he is originally from Florida near UCF campus.
“I just saw the culture,” Erickson said. “I really feel like they’re building it to be something. I know a lot of about them. I’m originally from Florida. I lived in Florida for seven years. I lived 30 minutes from the UCF Stadium. So I was down there when Frost was there and had all his success.”
Now Erickson (6-6, 315) will head to Lincoln on June 4 for an official visit. It’s the only official visit he has on the books currently.
>> The Huskers made the top eight for Colorado offensive lineman Jake Maikkula.
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— Jake Maikkula (@JakeMaikkula) May 31, 2021
>> Lincoln Southeast athlete Jake Appleget was offered by Nebraska after having a private workout with the team.
— Jake Appleget (@ApplegetJake) June 1, 2021
>> Husker cornerback target James Monds III got a chance to say hello to the coaches from Indiana at a camp on Tuesday.
— 𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐬 III ✞ (@MondsJames) June 1, 2021
>> Check out 2023 quarterback Reese Mooney getting some offseason work in.
— Wyatt Davis (@wyattdalton4) June 1, 2021
>> With the dead period being lifted I’ve got your running recruiting roundup (Premium) of all the action.
>> The Huskers placed second-year running back Jaquez Yant on scholarship as he announced on Twitter.
>> The June edition of Greg’s Guys is here with a major shakeup to kick off a busy June.
>> Nebraska basketball is also set to host several visitors in June (Premium) as Jacob Padilla writes.
>> On this week’s episode of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast I am joined by Derek Peterson to discuss panic or patience with Husker football.
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.