The final official visit weekend before the dead period starts is here. Then––next Wednesday, Dec. 18––the early signing period opens up in college football. Things have been much quieter than expected for Nebraska during the two weeks of the contact period. The staff has been mostly in stealth mode working on the key targets they need to win battles with to elevate the 2020 recruiting class.
The Huskers are hosting two official visitors this weekend. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel with this portion of the recruiting class.
Let’s breakdown where each prospect is in their recruitment.
4-star ILB Keyshawn Greene (Crawfordville, Florida)
The recent Florida State commit has received a surge of attention from the Huskers staff of late. Between the Seminoles hiring Mike Norvell and the Huskers’ late push the staff was able to get him on campus for an official visit this weekend. He does have position flexibility at inside or outside linebacker but the Huskers like him as an inside ‘backer. Miami is the major threat here but a key to watch is that Greene’s mom did not attend that Miami visit. She will be in Lincoln though so the Huskers will need to demonstrate that Nebraska is the best place for her son long-term. Greene is a terrific prospect and would be a big-time steal out of Florida.
JUCO OLB/DE Niko Cooper (Hutchinson, Kansas)
The pass rusher from Hutchinson Community College has been an intriguing option for the Huskers. JUCO recruiting coordinator Ryan Held went down to see him last Saturday then came back on Sunday to show how much the Huskers wanted him to visit. That persistence paid off and Cooper is in Lincoln this weekend.
— .N 🗡 K O (@nikocooper_9) December 13, 2019
What will be interesting with Cooper is if he has the full green light to commit right now. Is taking his commitment dependent on Kaden Johnson and Jimari Butler’s decisions? Is there room to take him? At 6-foot-4, 225-pounds he has a nice frame to play a hybrid outside linebacker role for the Huskers.
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.