Future Huskers Highlights: Week Seven
Photo Credit: Eric Francis

Recruiting Recap: A Big Push for Defensive Ends

February 24, 2017

Parrella Making His Move on Several 3-4 Defensive Ends

Parrella landed four defensive line prospects in 2017 and already holds one commit for the 2018 class in Masry Mapieu, but he’s not showing any signs of slowing down. In the past week alone, Parrella extended offers to four defensive ends: Jalen Redmond, Cameron Latu, Elijah Wade and Joseph Ossai.

Redmond, a 6-foot-4 and 235-pound defensive end out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, received his offer from Nebraska on Feb. 20. He now holds nine FBS offers, including tenders from Arizona State and Oklahoma. Mike Stoops has already made a trip to see Redmond in January and the Sooners are believed to be the early leader for the talented defensive end. As a junior, Redmond tallied 81 tackles and 16 sacks while leading Midwest City to a 7-4 record and the first round of the Oklahoma Class 6A playoffs.

Latu, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect out of Salt Lake City, Utah, also received his offer from Nebraska on Feb. 20. Latu was originally committed to BYU but decommitted from the Cougars on Jan. 25, right before his stock went through the roof and he landed offers from Alabama, USC, UCLA and Washington. He attended Alabama’s junior day on Jan. 28 and the Crimson Tide are considered the leaders for his commitment right now. As a junior, Latu tallied 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks while leading Olympus high to an 8-3 record and the Utah Class 4A playoffs.

Nebraska and Parrella offered one final defensive end on Feb. 20 in Wade, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect out of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Huskers’ offer pushed Wade’s offer total to eight, with Nebraska joining Notre Dame, Michigan and USC. As a junior, Wade helped lead Arbor View High to a 10-2 record and the first round of the Nevada Class 4A playoffs.


Ossai, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive end out of Conroe, Texas, earned his offer from Nebraska on Feb. 21. The Huskers’ offer pushed Ossai’s offer list to 21, with Nebraska joining Texas, Ole Miss and Texas A&M in the chase for the talented edge defender. As a junior, Ossai tallied 46 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, while helping lead Oak Ridge to a 4-6 record. Ossai, who projects as an outside linebacker in Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme, is believed to be an Aggie at this time in his recruitment.

Huskers Make Scott Pagano’s Final Cut… Sort Of

Nebraska is on the hunt for a nose guard in this year’s grad transfer market, with Clemson’s Scott Pagano getting some attention earlier in the week. Nebraska’s work with Pagano was rewarded when the Huskers made Pagano’s final seven along with Oklahoma, Cal, Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas and Arkansas.

Unfortunately for Nebraska, the Huskers will not be receiving an official visit from Pagano. Out of his finalists, Nebraska and California are the only two that will not be receiving a visit from the talented defensive tackle (which likely means Nebraska is out of the running, but time will tell). As a junior, Pagano tallied 20 tackles and two sacks while helping Clemson capture the 2017 national championship.

Huskers Offer Intriguing Safety out of California

Donte Williams will once again get a chance to prove his recruiting reputation is deserved during the 2018 cycle, as Nebraska will be looking to take as many as five defensive backs in the upcoming class. The need for talented safeties led to the Huskers making an offer to an intriguing prospect from California in Devon Williams.

Williams, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect, earned his Nebraska offer on Feb. 22, pushing his offer total to nine. As a junior, Williams lined up at both quarterback and safety for Antelope Valley, accounting for 1,634 yards of offense and 16 touchdowns, as well as 55 tackles and five interceptions. Williams’ efforts helped lead the Antelopes to a 10-3 record and the California Division 9 semifinals.


Mike Cavanaugh Offers Under the Radar Tackle From California

Nebraska is on the market for two offensive tackle prospects in the 2018 class and Mike Cavanaugh made a move on Will Craig earlier this week. Craig, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect from Granite Cay, California, now holds seven FBS offers, including tenders from California, Colorado and UCLA. As a junior, Craig was a standout on both sides of the ball while helping lead Granite Bay to the California Division II playoffs.


In-State Watch: Bryson Williams Lands First Power Five Offer

One of Nebraska’s top in-state prospects landed a power five offer this week, as Lincoln Southeast defensive lineman Bryson Williams received an offer from Kansas State on Feb. 22. The Wildcats’ offer pushed Williams’ offer total to three, joining South Dakota and South Dakota State.

As a junior, Williams tallied 58 tackles and 4 sacks while leading the Knights to an 8-2 record and the first round of the Class A playoffs. Williams certainly has the talent to land a Nebraska offer, but at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, he doesn’t have the ideal frame to play nose tackle in Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme. Williams’ best chance to earn a Nebraska offer will likely come during the summer camp circuit, where he will have to prove that he can play defensive end in Nebraska’s new scheme.


  • Never miss the latest news from Hail Varsity!

    Join our free email list by signing up below.

Pinnacle Bank 600 x 300 Ad 2 2022

Hail Varsity May 2023 Cover

Never Miss Another Issue