Who Nebraska Expects on Campus as Dead Period Ends
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Who Nebraska Expects on Campus as Dead Period Ends

January 17, 2020

The dead period has lifted and the Huskers can resume visiting prospects. They can also host prospects and their families for visits on campus which is what they are doing this weekend. This month will have a different feel to it because there isn’t a need to recruit the 2020 class very hard. This visit weekend is more focused on a small but important group of unofficial 2021 visitors and one official visitor for the 2020 class. 

Let’s breakdown where each prospect is in their recruitment.

2020 Official Visitor

3-star WR Kris Abrams-Draine‍ (Spanish Fort, Alabama)

The lone official visitor for the weekend, Abrams-Draine is currently committed to Ole Miss. It seems unlikely at this point that he will end up in Oxford. On the surface, the Huskers don’t have a great need for another wide receiver in the 2020 class but they view the Alabama native as a do-everything type who could cause mismatch problems. Nebraska has just two slot left to add players this cycle. 

2021 Unofficial Visitors

4-star TE Thomas Fidone‍ (Council Bluffs, Iowa)

Fidone has seen his recruitment skyrocket recently. He dominated the US All-American Combine recently earning MVP honors for his position. A flood of new offers and interest came his way soon after. This is the fourth time he’s been on campus in the last year so he’s plenty familiar with the Huskers’ staff and players. He’s a big-time target and player that could be one of the jewels of the 2021 class if they Huskers can lock him down.

3-star WR Keagan Johnson‍ (Omaha, NE)

The son of a former Husker, Johnson has become a key target for the Huskers in 2021. The pipeline from Bellevue West to Nebraska is wide open right now. Johnson has a lot of potential and improved his game quite a bit between his sophomore and junior seasons. He’s being recruited by the Huskers as a wide receiver but stars at defensive back as well for the Thunderbirds.

3-star WR Brody Brecht‍ (Ankey, Iowa)

I’m very intrigued by the wideout from Iowa. He fits the mold of the big-bodied wideout standing at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. His profile is rising as he continues picking up new offers. Brecht has been to Lincoln more than once. The Huskers will have to work hard to beat out Iowa State or Iowa but don’t count them out here. 

3-star RB Devin Neal‍ (Lawrence, Kansas)

The Kansas native picked up an offer from the Huskers back in December. He was pumped about the offer from “such a prestigious program.” Now he gets an opportunity to see the campus and meet the coaches with his parents. Neal holds three offers at this time including from the Huskers. 

3-star OL Tyler Maro (Davenport, Iowa)

Maro doesn’t hold an offer from Nebraska yet but has been to Lincoln for several games. He is an intriguing prospect standing at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. He’s more of a developmental prospect at this time but I could see him being the next Iowan that takes off in the 2021 class. 

3-star DL Derek Wilkins (Rancho Santa Margarita, California)

The California native is the least known name of the small but important group of visitors on campus. He doesn’t hold an offer from the Huskers yet but does have offers from a few Pac-12 schools. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he could grow into a faster defensive lineman for the Huskers. 

3-star safety Tyler Hibbler (St. Louis, Missouri)

The St. Louis prospect plays for powerhouse Trinity Catholic. Hibbler does not hold an offer from Nebraska but does have offers from Arkansas, Iowa State and others.   

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