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Recruiting Recap: Huskers Still Full Speed Ahead

March 10, 2017

Huskers Make Final Group for C.J. Moore and T.J. Pledger

Two positions that the Huskers are working hard to fill in the 2018 class are the wide receiver and running back positions and the Nebraska coaches got good news on both fronts this past week.

C.J. Moore, a 6-5, 175 pound wide receiver prospect out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, released his top six schools on Tuesday, with Nebraska joining Oregon, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Moore is currently listed as a 4-star recruit with a 93.5 rating on Hail Varsity’s composite. As a junior, Moore was a standout on both sides of the ball for Union High School’s squad, helping lead the Redskins to an 11-2 record and the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship.

T.J. Pledger, a 5-9, 185 pound running back out of West Hills, California, also released his final eight schools. Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Clemson, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Georgia and UCLA are all in Pledger’s final group.

Pledger is currently listed as a 4-star recruit with a 94.7 rating on Hail Varsity’s composite. He will play his senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. As a junior at Chaminade, Pledger rushed for 1,881 yards and 32 touchdowns while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. His efforts helped lead the Eagles to an 8-4 record in 2016.

Williams Offers Intriguing Oakland Athlete

Williams came to Nebraska with a reputation for bringing in top targets from the state of California, and he is living up to that reputation so far in the 2018 class. Williams and Nebraska became the latest squad to offer Jevon Holland, an explosive FS/WR prospect from Oakland, California. Holland now holds 10 FBS offers, with the Huskers attempting to catch up to with UCLA and Oregon for his commitment. As a junior at Bishop O’Dowd, Holland accounted for 1,084 yards of offense and eight touchdowns while also tallying 35 tackles and three interceptions. His efforts helped lead the Dragons to a 15-1 record and the California Class 5-AA state championship.

Parrella Joins Chase For Another 3-4 Defensive End from Missouri

The success of Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class will hinge on the results in Missouri, as the Husker coaching staff has devoted ample time and energy into recruiting the Show Me State. Parrella continued Nebraska’s assault on its neighbor to the southeast, offering Saint Louis, Missouri, defensive end Ronnie Perkins.

Perkins, a 6-4, 250 pound defensive end prospect, now holds 26 FBS offers, with Nebraska joining Missouri, Oklahoma and several others in the chase for the talented prospect. As a junior, Perkins earned second team all-state honors while helping lead Lutheran North to a 9-3 record and the third round of the Missouri Class 2 state playoffs.

Huskers Offer Talented Safety from Anaheim

The defensive back class will make up a sizeable portion of the Huskers’ 2018 class, and Williams sent out another offer to a defensive back this week. Julius Irvin, a 6-2, 180 pound safety prospect out of Anaheim, California, received his Nebraska offer March 7, pushing his offer count up to 10.

Besides Nebraska, Irvin also holds offers from Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA. As junior, Irvin tallied 54 tackles from his free safety position in just six games, serving as a bright spot in the Friar’s rough 2016 season.

Mike Riley Attempting to Snag Athlete from Hometown

Nebraska’s focus on the Pac-12 continued this past week, as the Huskers recruited Corvallis, Oregon, native Talanoa Hufanga.

Hufanga, a 6-1, 194 pound prospect, is one of the top athlete prospects in the nation. He currently holds 13 FBS offers, including Nebraska, Oregon, Michigan and Tennessee. As a junior, Hufanga accounted for 1,489 yards of offense and 24 touchdowns from his quarterback position. He was also a standout on defense from his linebacker/safety position. His efforts helped lead the Raiders to a 4-5 record in 2016.

Who’s Next?

Things have been quiet from a commitment standpoint lately, with Nebraska approaching two months without a commitment in the 2018 class. Expect that to change over the next month, especially with Nebraska hosting two major recruiting events in the next 30 days.

I would expect Nebraska’s next commitment to come from the 500-mile radius. Nebraska is in a solid position with Mario Goodrich, a talented cornerback prospect out of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Goodrich has been considered a Nebraska lean since receiving his offer on Jan. 18 and he is expected to be in Lincoln for the spring game. Goodrich, a 6-2, 180 pound prospect, projects to both cornerback and wide receiver at the collegiate level, though he is being recruited as a defensive back by Nebraska.

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