June has been busy for the Huskers with recruiting and it’s not slowing down. It’s another big recruiting weekend for Nebraska and the Huskers have a couple marquee events on the schedule. The second Friday Night Lights camp is set to take place on June 17. It should attract some good talent from around the country. The Adidas OL/DL Pipeline camp also returns on June 18. We have seen future Huskers participate in that camp in the past too.
The list has shifted some from what we thought it could be when the month first started. Some of the wide receivers that were scheduled to be in town are no longer coming in. That’s probably a good sign for Nebraska who has hosted several top wideouts already. The team is in good position there.
This weekend the Huskers are scheduled to host seven official visitors.
There are three commitments expected on campus this weekend. The theme of the weekend for that trio is peer recruiting. It’s always notable when the quarterback commit for a class is in town. Massachusetts signal-caller Pop Watson is returning for his official after being in Lincoln for the spring game.
“I’m looking forward to connecting with other commits and trying to get big targets to commit,” Watson said.
Watson will get to reconnect with Creighton Prep offensive lineman Sam Sledge. Both were on campus for the spring game so this is their second time getting to be on campus together. Sledge (6-4, 270) committed to the program back in February when offensive line coach Donovan Raiola offered him.
“I can’t wait to meet the other commits that are gonna be there and start building a relationship with them,” Sledge said. “And try to add a few more kids to our class.”
The third commit that will be in town this weekend is Florida defensive back Dwight Bootle. He’s been to campus plenty but this is his first trip back as a commit. Bootle has had a good spring and summer on the 7-on-7 circuit down in Florida. That continues to show defensive backs coach Travis Fisher’s eye for talent. Joining Bootle on the trip this weekend are a pair of defensive backs from the South.
Tay’Shawn Wilson (5-9, 175) is speedy defender from Houston, Texas. He’s a 247 composite 4-star player that holds 19 scholarship offers at this point. The Huskers are battling Baylor, Houston and Texas most for him. This is his first official visit of the summer so the Huskers have a chance to set the bar. Wilson has a verified 100m dash time of 10.62 this spring.
Louisiana native Ryan Robinson (6-0, 170) is a talented defender from Edna Karr High School in Louisiana. He’s rated as a 3-star but has a strong offer list with Arkansas, Auburn and Oregon among his suitors. The Huskers offered him back in March when the program made a slew of Louisiana offers led by wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph.
Nebraska has a pair of inside linebackers coming to town this weekend. Colorado native Hayden Moore (6-3, 210) has been a recruiting on the rise in recent months. He’s up to 22 offers with Michigan and Iowa being the most recent. He visited Iowa State the weekend of June 10 and doesn’t have another visit scheduled yet.
“I’m looking forward meeting the players asking them questions about the program,” Moore said. “I am also looking forward to going in depth about scheme with [inside linebackers] coach [Barrett] Ruud.”
The Huskers will hope to make a big impression on Moore and keep him from taking those other Big Ten visits. Moore also is a standout baseball player with scholarship offers as a pitcher.
Stay tuned to Hail Varsity for more coverage of the recruiting weekend for Nebraska.
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.