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Recruiting Recap: Spring Game Countdown
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Recruiting Recap: Spring Game Countdown

April 07, 2017

Nikko Hall Postpones Commitment, Will Visit Nebraska

Nebraska has been in the chase for Nikko Hall, a 4-star wide receiver/safety prospect out of Calabasas, California, since December, and the Huskers efforts may be paying off. Hall, who currently holds 16 FBS offers, including tenders from Oklahoma, Oregon and USC, was planning to make his college commitment on April 7, with USC being considered the leader. However, Hall’s father tweeted a message Wednesday evening stating that Nikko would not be committing on Friday and would still be taking an unofficial visit to Nebraska on April 15.

This is a tremendous development for Nebraska, as Hall is one of the more intriguing athletes on the West Coast and Nebraska appeared to be losing some ground on him. Hall’s visit will allow Nebraska a chance to get back into Hall’s top group and possibly swipe him away from Pac-12 country.

Michigan Makes a Move on Tyler Shough

Nebraska recently hosted Tyler Shough for an unofficial visit. The quarterback prospect out of Chandler, Arizona, left Nebraska without an offer, remaining a relatively under the radar prospect without many big name offers. That’s not the case anymore. Shough landed five FBS offers in the past week and no offer was bigger than the one he received from Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.

It will be interesting to see how Nebraska reacts to this. Two weeks ago, I would have said that Nebraska was the clear leader for Shough as long as they wanted him, but Nebraska decided against offering and now the race is much more crowded. While Shough is undoubtedly a talented prospect, it appears that Nebraska is focusing most of their attention on Tanner McKee, Brevin White, Jalen Mayden and Jacob Sirmon at this point. Shough appears to be in Nebraska’s second group of quarterback prospects along with Spencer Petras, a talented quarterback out of Greenbrae. California, that Nebraska hosted last week but has yet to offer.

In-State Watch: Bryson Williams Schedules Visit for Spring Game

Nebraska got off to a great start with its in-state recruiting, landing Cameron Jurgens and Masry Mapieu early in the process. This early success has allowed Nebraska to take a careful approach to the remaining prospects in the state, namely the trio of Moses Bryant, Zach Schlager and Bryson Williams.

Williams, a 6-2, 275 pound OL/DL prospect from Lincoln Southeast, recently announced his plans to visit Nebraska for the spring game. Williams has quietly been having a stellar spring and has seen his offer list grow to 11, with schools such as Kansas State and Iowa joining the mix. The one thing that may be holding Williams back from receiving a Nebraska offer is that he doesn’t fit as a defensive tackle in Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme. Williams may need to prove that he can effectively play defensive end or offensive line before Nebraska makes a move on him.

Huskers Continue Pursuit of Defensive Backs, Offer Florida Standout

The Nebraska coaches have made it no secret that restocking the secondary is one of the main concerns in 2018, with Donte Williams and Bob Elliot going across the country to find talented defensive back prospects. Elliot sent out the latest offer this week, this time to Naples, Florida, native Sammy Faustin.

Fasutin, a 6-2, 170 pound cornerback/free safety prospect, now holds 15 FBS offers from schools such as Michigan, Iowa State and Arizona. Michigan is considered the tentative leader for Faustin at this point but he still appears to be open to everyone at this point in his recruitment. As a junior, Faustin tallied 39 tackles and an interception while helping lead the Golden Eagles to a 9-2 record in 2016.

Who’s Next?

The spring game is less than 10 days away and, if all things go as planned, could lead to a huge recruiting weekend for Nebraska. At this point there have been over 30 2018 prospects planning to be in Lincoln on April 15, with several appearing close to a commitment. The two prospects that I predict will leave the spring game as Nebraska commits are Will Farniok and Shaquon Anderson-Butts.

Farniok, a center prospect out of South Dakota, has held a Nebraska offer since his sophomore year of high school. While Iowa has attempted to keep up, Nebraska is the clear leader for Farniok entering this spring and should be able to lock him in this weekend. Nebraska also has the family bond working in its favor, as Will’s older brother Matt is currently on the team and is battling for reps at offensive tackle.

Anderson-Butts, a wide receiver prospect out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, hasn’t been on Nebraska’s radar for as long as Farniok, but there are rumblings that he may be joining the class next weekend. Anderson-Butts reports a great relationship between himself and Nebraska wide receiver coach Keith Williams and he has expressed excitement at getting out to Lincoln to see what Nebraska has to offer.

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