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Omaha Westside CB Avante Dickerson Commits to Minnesota
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Nebraska Storylines to Watch as 2021 Recruiting Class Closes

January 31, 2021

Wednesday, Feb. 3 is National Signing Day. It’s been a weird ride to get to this point. The December early signing period went into effect a few years ago. Since then, the February day has become a secondary event.

There are still storylines worth tracking for the Huskers while the team is putting the finishing touches on the 2021 recruiting class. Here are the biggest storylines we are keeping an eye on for signing day week.

Making Things Official

This week it’ll become official between Nebraska and Hawaii 4-star linebacker Wynden Ho’ohuli when he sends in his letter of intent. It almost feels like his initial commitment went under the radar because of the timing. It was a huge deal for the Huskers to pull the No. 1 player out of Hawaii. Ho’ohuli has a good frame (6-3, 220) that he can add lean mass to without sacrificing explosion. He is a versatile linebacker. He could fit in at either inside or outside linebacker in Nebraska’s defense. The Huskers prioritized linebackers that could play either inside or outside this cycle.

Avante Dickerson Decision

All eyes will be on the Omaha Westside cornerback on Wednesday. It’s expected that the decision will come down between Nebraska and Oregon. Dickerson did take a trip to Eugene recently with his mom on his own dime to check out the campus. On the surface that doesn’t bode well for the Huskers. Dickerson wanted to make a fully informed decision. He’s been to Nebraska’s campus several times. I truly think this is a coin flip decision that could go either way.

Tight On Spots

Nebraska is tight on spots for the rest of this cycle. There are 19 signees currently, and 20 with Ho’ohuli. Then the three transfers, Samori Touré, Markese Stepp and Chris Kolarevic gets the Huskers to 23. That’s how we get to two total spots left. One spot is likely for a transfer. The other earmarked for Dickerson. Should Dickerson go to Oregon? It would make sense that two transfers are coming.

How Does QB Play Factor In?

This is not something to necessarily watch for this week. It is still is a big looming question around the program. Will the Huskers go after a quarterback in the transfer portal now or wait until the summer? Does the team even add another player at all? If the Huskers feel comfortable with Logan Smothers and Heinrich Haarberg’s development, they could stand pat.

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