Nebraska’s First Junior Day Set
Nebraska officially scheduled its first Junior Day for the year on March 4. Last year Nebraska’s Junior Day was a star-studded event, hosting 15 prospects, headlined by 5-star cornerback Darnay Holmes. This event eventually led to Nebraska landing Keyshawn Johnson Jr., Jaevon McQuitty, Austin Allen, Jaylin Bradley and preferred walk-on Jordan Paup. Expect this year’s Junior Day to be filled with Missouri prospects that Nebraska has recently offered.
Huskers Schedule First Group of Summer Camps
Nebraska set their first group of summer camps this week, which requires the staff to adjust to the NCAA’s new camp rules. Under the new ruling, Nebraska is allowed to utilize 10 days for summer camps, as opposed to 30 days in 2016. Nebraska will host a big man/skill position camp on June 13 and a pair of ‘Friday Night Lights’ camps on June 16 and June 23. These camps provided a huge boost to Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class, having previously hosted prospects such as Tyjon Lindsey, Bookie Radley-Hiles, Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Daniel Parker last summer.
In-State Watch: Husker Legacy Lands First Offer
Bryce Stai, a tight end/defensive end prospect out of Norris, Nebraska, landed his first scholarship offer on Wednesday from Western Michigan University.
Stai, whose father Brendan was an all-American for Nebraska in 1994, is coming off a junior season in which he helped lead the Titans to an 8-3 record and the Class B Quarterfinals. He plays tight end, defensive end and long snapper for Norris, and he can project to either side of the ball at the collegiate level. Stai will get his chance to earn a Nebraska offer this June during Nebraska’s summer camp circuit.
Another Missouri Defender Earns a Husker Offer
Nebraska’s focus on the state of Missouri continued this week when John Parrella offered Independence, Missouri, defensive end Daniel Carson. The 6-5, 260 pound Carson now holds nine FBS offers, including tenders from Missouri, Georgia and Oklahoma. Carson is coming off a junior season in which he tallied 56 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks. His efforts helped lead William Chrisman to an 8-2 record and the second round of the Missouri Class 5 state playoffs. Carson has already visited Oklahoma for its junior day on Feb. 11, and the Sooners are considered the early leader for his commitment.
Keith Williams Offers Pair of Texas Wideouts
Keith Williams is back at it on the recruiting trail, extending a pair of offers in the state of Texas. Nebraska’s first offer went out to Mansfield, Texas, prospect Jackson Gleeson, who is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 27 yards per catch and scored six touchdowns for Mansfield. His efforts helped lead the Tigers to a 10-3 record and the third round of the Texas Class 6A state playoffs. Gleeson brings blazing speed to Mansfield, boasting a 4.38 40 time while also registering a 10.52 time in the 100-meter dash. Gleeson currently holds seven FBS offers, including tenders from Baylor, Iowa State and Louisiana Tech.
Nebraska’s second offer went to Miles Battle, a 6-4, 190 pound prospect out of Houston. Battle is coming off a junior season in which caught 74 passes for 1,050 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He also earned first team all-district honors and his efforts helped lead Cypress Creek to a 5-5 record in 2016. Battle is also a standout on Cypress Creek’s basketball team, having helped the Wildcats to a 23-9 record so far this year. Battle now holds 18 FBS offers, including tenders from Auburn, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
Nebraska currently holds three commitments in its 2018 class, with Cameron Jurgens, Masry Mapieu and Eric Fuller giving Nebraska a solid group to build its class around. The Huskers will look to add some more members to their class entering spring, with Junior Day being the next big recruiting event.
I would expect Nebraska’s next commitment to come on the defensive side of the ball, as Nebraska is targeting Mario Goodrich out of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Goodrich earned his Nebraska offer on Jan. 18, meaning he now olds eight FBS offers, including tenders from Michigan, Missouri and Iowa. Goodrich is likely to be in Lincoln over the spring, and a commitment could come soon after he visits Nebraska. Goodrich can play either wide receiver or cornerback at Nebraska, but he appears to fit best at cornerback.