The final weekend of official visits before the early signing period begins is here. The Huskers have had good momentum recently adding two players to the 2022 recruiting class. The team has also been very active with new offers down south by new wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. Nebraska is also actively looking for transfers to upgrade the talent on the roster. They are needed to help win immediately in 2022.
Let’s take a look at the nine official visitors that are coming to town.
Transfer OL Hunter Anthony (Stillwater, Oklahoma)
Anthony played in nine games this season for the Oklahoma State. There was some confusion over when he would be taking his official visit to Nebraska. As of now the visit is back on for this weekend. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound lineman was the opening game starter at right tackle for Oklahoma State in 2020. Then he suffered an injury that sidelined him for almost the entire season. Anthony returned to the lineup for the regular season finale. Anthony played in nine games and made four starts at right tackle and right guard as a redshirt freshman in 2019.
Transfer K Timmy Bleekrode (Greenville, South Carolina)
The Huskers are in desperate need of a solution to fix their special teams woes. The program has been reluctant to offer scholarships to kickers under coach Scott Frost. That changed when the team put an offer out to the Furman transfer. Bleekrode did kick and punt while at Furman, but the Huskers are looking at him for kicker. Bleekrode was 15-for-18 with a long of 51 yards. As a punter, Bleekrode punted 52 times for an average of 42.15 yards per punt. He had 13 downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Bleekroode may be one of the biggest priorities on campus for the weekend.
OL Justin Evans-Jenkins (Irvington, New Jersey)
The Huskers don’t have an offensive lineman in the 2022 recruiting class yet. Valen Erickson was committed to the team but left the class when he flipped to Missouri. Evans-Jenkins (6-2, 270) is a new name on the radar for Nebraska. He attends Irvington High School in New Jersey. That’s the same school that the Huskers signed linebacker Mikai Gbayor from. Evans-Jenkins has some position flexibility. Some schools like him as an offensive lineman and others as a defensive lineman. He’s got 14 scholarship offers. That includes Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Wake Forest.
JUCO DL Seleti Fevaleaki (Ephraim, Utah)
Nebraska needs to add another player to the mix to hold down the spot opened up by Damion Daniels’ departure. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive line coach Tony Tuioti were at the game between Snow College and Iowa Western on Dec. 4. The pair came away impressed with Favaleaki (6-3, 270) during the game and offered him a scholarship. He played in 10 games for BYU in 2020. As a rotational player that season he made four tackles, one sack and forced a fumble. Fevaleaki holds offers from Utah State and Indiana.
Transfer WR Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda (Las Cruces, New Mexico)
You can never have enough playmakers on the outside on offense. The Huskers offered Garcia-Castaneda (6-0, 180) quickly after he entered the transfer portal out of New Mexico State. He hauled in 37 catches for 578 yards and four touchdowns in 2021. He also picked up offers from Minnesota, Utah, Iowa State and others since entering the portal. He’s viewed as one of the top wideouts to enter the portal this cycle. The Huskers will have a strong case to land him after what the team did with Samori Touré coming into the fold last year.
Transfer DB Tommi Hill (Tempe, Arizona)
This should be a familiar name to Husker fans that follow recruiting. Hill, a Florida native, was heavily pursued by the Huskers in the 2021 recruiting class. He signed with Arizona State during that cycle. He entered the portal after one season in Tempe. Hill (6-0, 205) had nine tackles in 11 games. He mostly played a backup cornerback role for the Sun Devils this season. Hill was the second-highest rated player in Arizona State’s class last year. He seemed poised for a starting spot this year.
RB Emmett Johnson (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
The speedy running back from Minnesota has burst onto the scene for the Huskers in recent weeks. Johnson (6-0, 180) was in Lincoln for the matchup with Iowa on an unofficial visit. He liked what he saw in Lincoln and made a good impression on the coaching staff. The Huskers followed that up by coming to visit him during the first week of the contact period in December. Now he’s all set for his official visit. Johnson was named Mr. Football in Minnesota after rushing for 2,513 yards and 42 touchdowns. He doesn’t hold an offer from the Huskers heading into the weekend but it sounds like one is coming his way on the visit. The Huskers should be on commit watch here.
DL Ben Roberts (Salt Lake City, Utah)
There has been so much turmoil in the coaching carousel this offseason. There were bound to be committed players that wanted to look around after a coaching change. Oregon defensive line commit Ben Roberts (6-4, 290) would be a tremendous late steal for the Huskers. He has 14 scholarship offers including Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Baylor. Roberts’ stock was rising when he committed to the Ducks. He’s a player that can slide into many positions along a defensive line. Roberts was credited with 107 total tackles, nine for a loss to go and 15 1/2 sacks his senior season.
Transfer OL Kevin Williams Jr (Omaha, Nebraska)
The Huskers are looking for many transfer linemen this year and one could be from Omaha. Williams(6-6, 330) is a graduate of Omaha North High School who attended Northern Colorado. He’s been a mainstay on the team’s offensive line starting 17 of the last 19 games at guard. The Huskers were in to see him on Thursday when Barrett Ruud did an in-home visit. Nebraska hasn’t offered him before the visit. The meeting with Frost and new offensive line coach Donovan Raiola will go a long way toward that.
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.