The big weekend is finally here. It feels like we have been building up to the weekend of June 21 when the Huskers would host their second Friday Night Lights camp and the Big Red BBQ for awhile now. The Huskers will host several official visitors this weekend, which could go a long way to shaping the 2020 class. There will also be several priority 2021 targets on campus as well.
Let’s breakdown where each prospect is in their recruitment.
2020 Official Visitors
3-star RB Sevion Morrison
The Oklahoma running back is in the mix to be the top running back target of the 2020 class for Nebraska. He has been highly productive at Edison High School and was All-State as a junior. Morrison told Hail Varsity that he is looking forward to being around the coaching staff again because they’ve built a great relationship. The Huskers are battling Arkansas and Missouri for him but have a big chance to pull out ahead with a good visit.
3-star LB Malik Reed
It’s always nice to get the last visit from a prospect and that’s what the Huskers get here with Reed. Nebraska hosted the Arizona linebacker for the spring game and he told Hail Varsity then that he was “definitely considering” the Huskers after that visit. Reed is intrigued by the idea of playing for inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud due to Ruud’s experience in the NFL and college. He took official visits to UCLA, Wisconsin and Arizona as well.
3-star LB Choe Bryant-Strother
Bryant-Strother is toward the top of my list of most intriguing visitors this weekend. The Georgia native is among the top linebacker targets this cycle and has great size standing at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds. He’s had a great camp season and posted the best SPARQ score at the Atlanta Opening Nike event. He could play either inside or outside linebacker. The Huskers will get his first official visit this weekend and he’s really looking forward to seeing Lincoln for himself with his mom.
JUCO WR Omar Manning
Manning is one of the top wide receivers in junior college this cycle. He was originally committed to TCU before landing at Kilgore but at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he has the size to go up and get the ball in the redzone. He has some quality offers but there is interest in the Huskers who hope to separate themselves from the pack with an official visit the weekend of June 21.
WR Ajou Ajou
Ajou (6-3, 210) has to be one of the most intriguing players Nebraska is after this cycle. He attends Clearwater Academy International in Florida and is originally from Canada. He is a tremendous athlete and has been doing well on the camp circuit this month. Ajou has picked up some notable offers including from Clemson recently. Can the Huskers do enough to get in the mix this weekend?
CB Joshuah Moten
The Maryland defensive back is sneakily one of the best prospects on campus this weekend. He was part of the Penn State class for months but expressed that he wanted to explore his options. He projects as a cornerback at the college level which is where Nebraska’s focus is for defensive backs this cycle. He took a visit to Texas A&M last weekend but it’s great for the Huskers to get an official visit before the dead period.
CB Tamon Lynum
The Orlando defensive back is a bit off the radar but he’s definitely a prospect to keep an eye on. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, he fits what defensive backs coach Travis Fisher is looking for in his group to play in the Big Ten. He has already taken visits to East Carolina and Kansas. After talking to him briefly, he is looking at an early August college decision.
2020 unofficial visitors with offers
Husker commit 4-star OT Turner Corcoran
Husker commit 4-star WR Zavier Betts
3-star OL Alex Conn
Nebraska has quietly emerged as the favorite to land the big offensive lineman out of Kansas. He was in Lincoln for the spring game which really helped to push Nebraska to the front of his list. He has high upside, a mean streak and offensive line coach Greg Austin would love to work with him. I have him on commit watch this weekend.
JUCO WR Dominick Watt
This name will ring a bell for Husker fans since he was committed to the Huskers and didn’t qualify last season. At Garden City Community College after not qualifying for the 2018 season. In a run-heavy offense, Watt posted 16 catches and 188 yards. He recently took a visit to Kentucky so he does have options on the table. He will also be working out at FNL which is an interesting wrinkle.
3-star LB Derrick Lewis
2021 unofficial visitors with offers
Nebraska will host a fascinating group of 2021 prospects on Friday. Iowa’s TJ Bollers will be one of the best defenders in the region in next year’s class. Elkhorn South’s Teddy Prochazka will be back for the second week in a row and the Huskers hope to widen their lead in his recruitment. Getting Omaha Westside cornerback Avante Dickerson back on campus is key because the interest in him has risen around the country and he will need to feel at home in Lincoln. Hosting a pair of signal-callers will be interesting. I’ll be curious to see if there ends up being a race to be Coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco’s 2021 “cube.”
- OLB TJ Bollers
- QB Peter Costelli
- OT Teddy Prochazka
- QB Santino Marucci
- DE Ryan Keeler
- WR Bryce Stephens
- DL Jeffrey Bowie
- RB Javion Hunt
- WR/DB Denzel Burke
- DB Avante Dickerson
- TE AJ Rollins
- ILB Seth Malcom
- OL Henry Lutovsky
- RB Cornelius Shaw
- ILB Jaden Harrell
2022 unofficial visitors with offer
- WR Quinton Conley
Other key targets attending BBQ without offer
- 2020 DB Tyson Gordon
- 2020 ATH Ty Hahn
- 2020 OL Aaron Kurth
- 2020 OL Xavier Trevino
- 2020 RB Joseph Braasch
- 2020 WR Nate Sullivan
- 2020 LB Jack Paradis
- 2021 DL RJ Sorenson
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.