Nebraska is hosting Oregon this weekend if you hadn’t heard (but you probably have). While Nebraska snagged victories against Fresno State and Wyoming, fans across the state are looking forward to Nebraska’s home matchup with the Ducks. Apparently a lot of high profile recruits are as well. Nebraska will be hosting eight official visitors on Saturday, including four Nebraska commits.
Commits in Town
>> Robert Porcher IV
>> Willie Hampton
>> Matt Sichterman
>> Austin Allen
s stated above, four Husker commits will make their way to Lincoln for official visits this weekend. Allen is an old pro when it comes to visiting Memorial Stadium, as he has been to Nebraska’s last two games as an official visitor. Porcher and Sichterman will both be experiencing their first game at Memorial Stadium, as the two committed to Nebraska following unofficial visits during the summer.
Hampton, the first commitment of the 2017 class, joined the Nebraska class despite never setting foot on campus, which usually means the commitment isn’t the most solid. His visit to campus can help Trent Bray completely lock the door on Hampton’s commitment, shutting out SEC competitors like Auburn and Florida in the chase for the talented outside linebacker.
OLB | 6-1, 200 | Muskegon, Michigan
No. 29 ILB (247Sports)
Nebraska appears to have one remaining spot open for a linebacker in the 2017 class with several targets remaining possibilities to fill the opening. One of those possible prospects is Muskegon, Michigan, linebacker Andrew Ward. Nebraska offered Ward on March 3 and was one of four schools to host him during the spring, along with Iowa State, Virginia Tech and Penn State. Ward has stated that he plans to take all five official visits, so a commitment over the weekend is unlikely.
Chance of Committing over the weekend: 5%
CB, S | 6-1, 185 | Sacramento, California
No. 42 S (Scout) | No. 74 S (247Sports)
If there is a commit to watch for over the weekend, put your money on Trajon Cotton. Cotton, a long and athletic cornerback/safety, has held a Nebraska offer since Jan. 20, making Nebraska one of the first schools to jump in after him. Since the Nebraska offer, most of the schools in the Pac-12 have joined the chase for the talented corner. At this moment, it appears that Nebraska’s biggest competition for Cotton is its opponent on Saturday, the Oregon Ducks. Don’t be surprised if a Nebraska win is followed by a Cotton commitment in the next few days.
Chance of Committing over the weekend: 50%
DT | 6-3, 300 | Plano, Texas
No. 35 DT (Rivals) | No. 22 DT (Scout) | No. 36 DT (247Sports)
Nebraska has two remaining spots open in its 2017 class at the defensive tackle position and John Parrella appears to have locked in on Damion Daniels and Deiontae Watts as the top names on his wish list. Watts, a 300-pound behemoth with 18 FBS offers, slotted his first official visit of the season to come watch Nebraska play Oregon this Saturday. Of his 18 offers, Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas A&M are the most notable, with Bob Stoops and the Sooners appearing to be the main competition for his commitment. Watts doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to commit at this point, but it is a good sign for Nebraska that he took his first official to Lincoln.
Chance of Committing over the weekend: 20%
Alaric Williams (Auburn Commit)
RB, WR, S | 6-0, 195 | Gadsden, Alabama
No. 16 ATH (Rivals) | No. 17 RB (Scout) | No. 6 ATH (247Sports)
Reggie Davis surprised many last week when he secured an official visit from Alaric Williams, a highly versatile athlete out of Alabama who is currently committed to Auburn. The 6-0, 195-pound Williams currently holds 10 offers, including offers from Alabama, Georgia and Notre Dame. Nebraska will be Williams’ first official visit of the season, as he already unofficially visited Auburn for their season opener against Clemson. A few things Nebraska has working for it right now:
>> Previous success with Alabama running backs (*cough, cough Ameer Abdullah*)
>> Recruiting him for his preferred position (running back)
>> Auburn’s coach Gus Malzahn is currently on the hot seat heading into their matchup with Texas A&M
Williams is likely Nebraska’s top target at the running back position at this point. Don’t expect a commitment over the weekend but also don’t be surprised to see him flip to the Cornhuskers before the season is over.
Chance of Committing over the weekend: 5%