The season is finally here and college football is back. We made it through the long offseason and fall camp. Before we get to the game, there is plenty of recruiting news and buzz to discuss. Each week I’ll take you through what I know, who is visiting and where Nebraska stands with next crop of Huskers.
In the immortal words of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, let the games begin.
Cameron Brown, 4-star WR, St. Louis, Missouri
Will Farniok, 3-star offensive lineman, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Mario Goodrich, 4-star cornerback, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Cameron Jurgens, 4-star tight end, Beatrice, Nebraska
Masry Mapieu, 3-star defensive tackle, York, Nebraska
Joshua Moore, 4-star wide receiver, Yoakum, Texas
Barret Pickering, 2-star kicker, Birmingham, Alabama
Brendan Radley-Hiles, 4-star defensive back, Bradenton, Florida
Tate Wildeman, 3-star defensive lineman, Parker, Colorado
Chase Williams, 4-star athlete, Corona, California
- QB – 0
- RB – 1
- TE – 0
- WR – 1 or 2
- OL – 1
- DL – 1
- MLB – 0
- OLB – 1 or 2
- DB – 2
News from the Week
>>Huskers offer a 4-star running back in the 2019 class.
>>The second entry of Husker commit Joshua Moore’s diary went live as he gets ready for a return to Lincoln.
>>One of the top 2019 players in the country tells Hail Varsity about his upcoming visit.
There are a pair of official visitors this weekend coming to town for the season opener. First is Isaah Crocker, a 4-star wide receiver from Sacramento, California. The wideout has good size (6-1, 175) and really good speed.
"[Crocker] is a graceful playmaker," said Terrance Leonard, his 7-on-7 coach. "Throw the ball and he will go get it.”
After talking to Crocker this week, he is a guy I would consider on “commit watch” if he is blown away by his visit. I asked Crocker about his relationship with wide receivers coach Keith Williams. “He’s like blood," Crocker said. "That’s my uncle right there.”
He will be attending the game with his grandmother and is already talking about a return trip with his dad and high school coach. Oregon State and Oregon are the other schools in consideration here.
The second official visitor is 4-star defensive back Aashari Crosswell from California powerhouse Long Beach Poly. Crosswell is a relatively new target for Husker fans but has been in contact with cornerbacks coach Donte Williams for a long time going back to Williams’ time at Arizona. When you watch Crosswell on film, you immediately notice how much of a hitter he is.
He would be a fantastic get for Nebraska who may be looking to add two safeties to the 2018 class. Where it gets even more interesting with Crosswell is that he is teammates with 4-star wide receiver Jalen Hall who is also high on Nebraska. The two of them were teammates last year with Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson who have both told the 2018 targets that Nebraska is a place to seriously consider.
The unofficial list of visitors is impressive. Night games in Lincoln are typically good for Nebraska to get guys on campus and this week is no different.
Four-star wide receiver commit Joshua Moore will be in Lincoln for Saturday’s game, joined by his mother. Moore told me that he is close with Crocker and will be talking to him about joining the class. Joining the wide receiver party is 4-star wide receiver commit Cameron Brown who rejoined the class earlier this month.
Also, other Husker commits will be in attendance as well. Four-star tight end Cameron Jurgens, 3-star offensive lineman Will Farniok and 3-star Masry Mapieu all confirmed to me that they will be there.
Not to be lost in the shuffle is 2019 tight end Ryland Goede. You won’t miss him if you catch him on the sideline because he has great size (6-7, 235), but he is very skilled. He will be one of the top tight ends in the 2019 class and told me he is wide open right now, but Nebraska is at the top of his mind. He has a great relationship with tight ends coach Tavita Thompson.
A pair of preferred walk-on targets will also be on campus. Garrett Snodgrass, an in-state walk-on target for 2019 from York, will be on campus as well as 2018 preferred walk-on target Cameron Pieper. Snodgrass could be a tight end or a linebacker at the college level.
The Huskers are looking at Pieper, a senior at Lincoln Southwest, as a long snapper. He told me that other schools taking a look at him are Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Wyoming, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and Montana. Those schools are all looking at him as a tight end.
I have some good news for all of you who are searching for another big-bodied wide receiver in this class. I’ve been told that 4-star wide receiver Michael Ezeike will be visiting Nebraska for the Rutgers game. Ezeike (6-5, 220) can play either tight end or wide receiver in college but Williams is his primary recruiter and he’s being recruited to Nebraska as a wide receiver. Also of note, Ezeike released a top seven already, but said that that needs to be updated to include Nebraska.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.