The Huskers only hosted a few official visitors all season long but the team is now set to host multiple visitors this weekend. The list this weekend features all defensive players. That makes sense with none of the new offensive assistants announced in time for setting these official visits. I do wonder if the plan now is to have those assistants in place for next weekend’s slate of visits.
Let’s break down where each visitor stands in their recruitment.
Defensive Back Malcolm Hartzog Jr. (Prentiss, Mississippi)
Things appear to be moving quickly with the Huskers and Hartzog. The Mississippi native is a bit of a mystery in the recruiting process. The Huskers met with him this week and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander told him that he sees Hartzog as a Cam Taylor-Britt type that can have an instant impact. The defender was named Mississippi 3A player of the year.
— Malcolm Hartzog Jr (@iammalcolmhart1) November 16, 2021
It seems likely that Hartzog will commit to Nebraska but things can change quickly in recruiting.
Defensive Back Jaeden Gould (Oradell, New Jersey)
Gould is the headliner of the visit weekend. The former USC commit (6-2, 180) left the Trojans class shortly after new coach Lincoln Riley took the job. He has a connection to the Huskers too, attending the same high school that running back Rahmir Johnson did. Bergen Catholic High School produces Power Five talent each recruiting cycle. If the Huskers can swoop in on Gould, that could be a nice boost to recruiting the powerhouse school. Gould plays a clear position of need for the team too as a nice cornerback prospect.
Transfer Defensive Back Ryan Stapp (Albeline Christian)
We knew coming into the offseason that Nebraska would go heavy into the transfer portal. Stapp (5-10, 175) has two years of eligibility left. He was second-team All-WAC during the 2021 season. He finished with 44 tackles, an interception and had 10 pass breakups. He’s the first portal visitor of the offseason and he certainly won’t be the last. Nebraska could use more experience in the defensive back room for 2022.
Defensive Back Gage Stenger (Omaha, Nebraska)
The Millard South star is the only committed official visitor of the weekend. Stenger has been a fixture on the sidelines at home games since Nebraska flipped him from Kansas State. Stenger (6-2, 200) adds some nice versatility to Nebraska’s class. He could play safety for the Huskers. Stenger is heading for the nickel position made popular at Nebraska by JoJo Domann. Stenger will play a key role as a peer recruiter this weekend.
Defensive End Brodie Tagaloa (San Francisco, California)
The California native is another new name that flew under the radar. He popped up on the radar when Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti visited him during the first week of the offseason. That visit went well enough that Tagaloa set up an official visit this weekend. Nebraska offered him back in May so the relationship has been building for a long time. The only other official visit he’s taken so far is to Cal back in June. Nebraska likes him as a defensive end but he’s also being recruited by other schools to play tight end.
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.