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Recruiting Recap: Another Big Week as Junior Day Looms
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Recruiting Recap: Another Big Week as Junior Day Looms

March 03, 2017

Kirby Bennett Announces Decision Date

One of the more intriguing running back prospects in the 2018 class will announce his commitment in the next 10 days, as Las Vegas, Nevada, running back prospect Kirby Bennett released his commitment date on Twitter Tuesday evening.

Bennett is currently listed as a 4-star prospect with a 90.5 rating on Hail Varsity’s composite. He also has an incredible 46 FBS offers, the most of any running back prospect at this time. Some of the notable programs that have offered Bennett are Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and UCLA. Bennett has kept things fairly quiet on the recruiting trail, so it is difficult to get a read on where he is currently leaning.

The 6-, 195-pound Bennett played at Allen High School in Allen, Texas as a junior, helping lead the Eagles to a 14-1 record and the Texas Class 6A semifinals. Bennett was a major part of the Eagles’ rushing attack, tallying 808 rushing yards and six touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

Williams Continues His Hunt for a Big-Bodied Receiver

After two recruiting cycles where he reeled in talented but undersized athletes, Williams is on the hunt for some big guys in 2018. Williams extended another offer this past week, reaching into traditional Oklahoma powerhouse Union High School. CJ Moore, a 6-5, 175 pound athlete, received his Nebraska offer on Wednesday afternoon, bringing his offer total up to 19.

Moore is currently listed as a 4-star recruit with a 93.5 rating on Hail Varsity’s composite. Notable schools in the hunt for Moore at this time include Alabama, Ohio State, TCU and Georgia. Moore has already taken unofficial visits to see Oklahoma and Ohio State and he plans to visit Texas for the Longhorns’ junior day. As a junior, Moore helped lead Union to an 11-2 record and the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship.

Mike Riley Dips into Familiar Territory for Defensive End Prospect

John Parrella has been all over the map since the 2018 recruiting cycle began and his latest offer went out to a prospect from Riley’s old stomping grounds. Draco Bynum, a 6-5, 255 pound defensive end prospect out of Wilsonville, Ore., received a Nebraska offer Monday evening, pushing his offer count to seven. While he doesn’t have a huge offer list, the schools chasing him are impressive. Bynum currently holds offers from USC, UCLA and Oregon.

As a junior, Bynum tallied 82 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks while leading Wilsonville to an 11-2 record and a runner up finish in the Oregon Class 5A playoffs. Bynum has already taken unofficial visits USC and Washington so far this recruiting cycle.

Alabama Joins Chase for longtime Husker QB Target

Nebraska has been after Corona, California, quarterback prospect Tanner McKee for a while now. In fact, the Huskers offered the talented signal caller midway through his junior season and hosted him for an unofficial visit for the Maryland game last fall. Nebraska appeared to be in solid position with the 6-6, 200 pound McKee but a big time player has joined the game, as Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll extended an offer to the talented prospect.

McKee now holds 16 FBS offers entering this spring. Nebraska remains in the mix for him, as offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf appears to have zeroed in on either McKee or Colson Yankoff being his quarterback in the 2018 class.

Huskers Jump in the Ring for Top Kicker in 2018 class

It seems like just yesterday that Drew Brown was a freshman attempting his first kick for the Huskers. Time flies though and Brown is now a senior, preparing for his final season with Nebraska. With that in mind, the Huskers are already on the hunt for his eventual replacement.

Many thought that Nebraska had found its man in walk-on Cole Frahm, but the Huskers are apparently on the lookout for a scholarship kicker in the 2018 class. Nebraska extended an offer to Fort Payne, Ala., kicker prospect Evan McPherson Wednesday afternoon, pushing his offer count up to six entering this spring.

McPherson is currently listed as the No. 1 kicking prospect in the 2018 class by Kohl’s Professional Kicking Service. He is also a standout punter and is currently listed as the No. 9 Punter prospect in the nation. At this point, Miami (FL) is considered the favorite to land McPherson, as they were one of the first schools to go after McPherson and have a ton of momentum on the recruiting trail right now.

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