Northwestern weekend represents another good time to get prospects and their families on campus. Any time there isn’t an 11 a.m. kickoff is actually great for that.
This week’s visit list isn’t as expansive as last week’s but there is still plenty of intrigue. The Huskers will host five official visitors, including two that aren’t committed to the Huskers. There will also be key 2021 targets on hand for the Big Ten matchup.
Let’s breakdown where each prospect is in their recruitment.
4-star WR commit Zavier Betts (Bellevue, Nebraska)
For as good as Betts is, he still seems to go under the radar in this class. He has been dominant during his senior season at Bellevue West and looks poised to lead that team to a state title. Betts is electing to take his official visit this weekend and will no doubt be doing some peer recruiting for his future school.
3-star OL commit Alex Conn (Derby, Kansas)
The big lineman has visited Lincoln a handful of times over the last year. Most recently he was in Lincoln last weekend for the matchup with Ohio State. Now he will return with his family for an official visit. There were whispers about Conn potentially taking other visits which I expect to completely go away after back-to-back weekends in Lincoln.
3-star WR commit Will Nixon (Waco, Texas)
The Texan will be making his first trip back to Lincoln since he committed to the Huskers. Nixon is having a heck of a season for his team this year, doing a bit of everything on the field. The coach’s son is the perfect for the “Duck-R” role this offense likes to utilize.
3-star DT target Alex Harrison (Bountiful, Utah)
The lineman has had this official set up for a while now. There is an interesting wrinkle in the recruitment of the Utah native who stands at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds. The Huskers are the only school recruiting Harrison to play defensive line. This is setting up to be like the recruitment of current Nebraska offensive lineman Brant Banks, who the Huskers were recruiting to play defensive line. This is Harrison’s first official visit so the Huskers have the chance to set the bar high.
3-star WR target Justin Robinson (McDonough, Georgia)
I thought this weekend could set up to have a surprise visitor or two. We got one with wideout Justin Robinson. The Georgia commit is the big-bodied type of pass catcher (6-4, 210) that the offense is completely lacking. He actually attends the same high school as Marquis Black, a defensive lineman who visited last weekend. He will also have 2021 teammate and center Bryson Estes in Lincoln with him this weekend. Nebraska can certainly sell him on there being a need for his skillset. He’s also got good speed and runs the 100m. Sean Beckton is trying to pull another solid player from the South.
2020 Committed Unofficial Visitors
It’s a lighter week for committed unofficial visitors. However, it’s nice to see a couple of the recent walk-on commits coming back to Lincoln after joining this week.
3-star DL Nash Hutmacher
Walk-on OL Xavier Trevino
Walk-on TE Nate Boerkircher
Walk-on S Mason Nieman
2020 Unofficial Visitors
There are some really good walk-on candidates in this group. Joseph Braasch, Tom Erwin, and Grant Tagge are just a few. I don’t think Nebraska will be able to get Johnson-Brock star Ty Hahn to walk on, but it’s notable that he will be back as the Huskers continue evaluating him.
RB Joseph Braasch (Columbus)
DE Baylor Brannen (Millard West)
RB Davon Brees (Centennial)
WR Elliott Brown (Elkhorn South)
QB Reid Burke (Omaha Burke)
OC Tyler Carpenter (Brookfield) (Colorado)
ILB Tom Erwin (York)
WR Ty Hahn (Johnson-Brock)
RB Nick Halleen (Lincoln Southeast)
RB Braden Klover (Southern)
OT Tyler Lenz (Seward)
RB Trevin Luben (Wahoo)
OC Ryan Marlatt (Aurora)
OG Keegan Manning (Fremont)
WR Mason Nieman (Waverly)
OT Chi Onate (Gibbon)
CB Trey Ortega (Broomfield) (Colorado)
OT Elijah Simonson (Archbishop Bergen)
S Grant Tagge (Omaha Westside)
RB Keaton Van Housen (High Plains)
2021 Unofficial Visitors
Nebraska is once again doing a great job of getting 2021 players from around the country on campus. Center Bryson Estes from Georgia jumps out to me right away here. Standing at 6-foot-8, Iowa lineman Tyler Maro will be tough to miss. Ty Robinson’s younger brother Truitt will be visiting. Wisconsin defensive end Hayden Nelson is returning to Nebraska. The two headliners are 4-star cornerback Avante Dickerson and 4-star outside linebacker Randolph Kpai. The 500-mile radius targets will be great additions to the 2021 class.
WR Alex Bullock (Creighton Prep)
CB Avante Dickerson (Omaha Westside)
ILB Hall Edmonds (Broomfield) (Colorado)
K Matthew Eich (Broomfield) (Colorado)
OC Bryson Estes (Eagles Landing Christian) (Georgia)
DE Omarion Fa’amoe (West) (Utah)
WR Justin Macias (Hempstead) (Texas)
OT Tyler Maro (Davenport Assumption) (Iowa)
OT Adel Mountessir (Francis Howell North) (Missouri)
DE Hayden Nelson (Brookfield Central) (Wisconsin)
TE Erik Olsen (Heritage) (Colorado)
TE Lance Rees (Marshall) (Illinois)
CB Isaac Robinson (Elkhorn)
WR Truitt Robinson (Higley) (Arizona)
OLB Sam Scott (Omaha North)
OG Jason Soderlin (Colorado)
OLB Randolph Kpai (Sioux Falls Washington) (South Dakota)
2022 Unofficial Visitors
Inside linebacker Noah Hutmacher is back in town. Kaden Weatherby will be a highly-recruited lineman by the time he makes his college choice. He is definitely a name to watch.
ILB Noah Hutmacher (Chamberlain)
QB Koa McIntyre (Archbishop Bergan)
OG Kaden Weatherby (Eaglecrest) (Colorado)
2023 Unofficial Visitors
WR Kade McIntyre (Archbishop Bergan)
QB Sawyer Mitchell (Teton) (Idaho)
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.