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Three Thoughts on Nebraska’s June 17 Friday Night Lights Camp

June 17, 2022

The Huskers hosted their second of two Friday Night Lights camps on a sticky summer night. The first camp was dominated by talk of the 13 official visitors. The Huskers had seven official visitors on campus for the second camp, including quarterback commit Pop Watson. All the official visitors were in the house enjoying the atmosphere with their hosts. We are now in the back half of camp season and the season will be here before we know it.

Here are my three thoughts on the second Friday Night Lights camp.

Quarterbacks to watch

One thing that can always elevate these camps is strong quarterback play. The Huskers had a range of quarterbacks throwing on Friday night. Texas 2023 quarterback JT Fayard was at the camp and made some nice throws. A strong group of 2024 quarterbacks were also on hand. Creighton Prep’s Dean Donaldson, Texas native Hauss Hejny and Illinois native Alessio Milivojevic showed what they can do. The class of 2025 was represented with Iowa’s Jack Wallace and Bellevue East quarterback Mikey Gow. That’s a strong group of developing quaterbacks that were in Memorial Stadium.

Dae’vonn Hall is a special talent

Hall (6-1, 180) was one of the biggest names at the camp on Friday. It’s always important for the Huskers to get top talent from the state on campus. It’s also important when that player can work with wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. Hall was able to get plenty of instruction from the coach throughout the night. The relationship between those two is very good and Nebraska is working hard to keep Hall home.

Hall made some nice catches and showed great body control in the one-on-ones during the camp. Hall recently made a swing through some southern schools. That included Auburn where he participated in its camp. It’s smart for the Huskers to stay on Hall consistently. His recruitment hasn’t quite taken off like you’d expect but it’s likely coming this fall.

New camp offer

Class of 2025 defensive back Carmaro Mayo was one of the players to watch coming into the camp. Mayo (5-11, 160) is a young player who recently switched high schools enrolling at Northwood High School. At his previous school he played on varsity as a freshman and had 42 tackles with 11 pass breakups. He showed his athleticism in front of defensive backs coach Travis Fisher on Friday night. That helped him come away with an offer.

It’ll be interesting to see how well positioned the Huskers are in his recruitment. The program is early to the party and has good connections to him. Joseph recruits that area well and running backs coach Bryan Applewhite is well-regarded there.

There could still be another offer or two that comes out of the camp. The first Friday Night Lights camp saw Ju’Juan Johnson get an early offer. He’s since been offered by LSU, Alabama and others. It’ll be interesting to see if Elkhorn South lineman Henry Prochazka ends up offered by the Huskers.

The Huskers are now set to host the OL/DL camp on Saturday, so plenty to keep an eye on through the weekend.

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