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Hot Reads: Nebraska’s Potentially Crazy 2017 Receiver Situation

January 18, 2017

Nebraska got some potentially good news last night when 4-star wide receiver Jamire Calvin announced that he was reopening his recruitment.

Calvin, as you’ll recall, shocked the Huskers’ staff when he picked Oregon State at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7. A few days later, Calvin’s mother told Sam McKewon of the Omaha World Herald that her son’s “heart is with Nebraska,” but that Calvin, who lives in Los Angeles, picked Oregon State so his parents could see him play more often. And now Calvin is no longer committed to Oregon State.

The heart wants what the heart wants? We’ll see if Nebraska’s coaches can assuage those concerns over distance, but with Calvin back on the market it’s going to be fascinating to watch how this Husker class of wide receiver comes together.

Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Jaevon McQuitty are already on campus as early enrollees. Tyjon Lindsey, another U.S. Army All-American, flipped from Ohio State to Nebraska last week.

That theoretically leaves two spots open in the 2017 class. Calvin is in the mix, as is 4-star Joseph Lewis, the highest-rated of all the receivers Nebraska is in the mix for in this cycle. He told this week that he’s planning to visit USC twice before signing day on Feb. 1 and that it’s down to the Trojans and Huskers. Bryan Thompson, a 6-3 receiver from Moreno Valley, California, got an offer from the Huskers when Calvin committed to Oregon State. The 3-star prospect is scheduled to visit Lincoln this weekend.

This all should make for a crazy two weeks, followed by a crazy seven months until the season starts. The Huskers have to replace three of their top five wide receivers from last year. Stanley Morgan Jr. and De’Mornay Pierson-El are your leaders headed into 2017, and there’s some buzz around redshirt freshman JD Spielman, who shared Nebraska’s 2016 scout team MVP award with quarterback Tanner Lee. Come August, the Huskers could have five 4-star freshmen competing for spots, too.

That would be a fall camp unlike any other at Nebraska.

The Grab Bag

  • Former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Robert Morris president Chris Howard and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith are on the CFP selection committee for next season.
  • New Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall is taking some heat for pulling a 2017 linebacker’s offer.
  • Oregon has suspended its strength coach for a month after three players went to the hospital following workouts.
  • Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware got a tattoo of the CFP trophy on his Achilles tendon (well, on the skin above the tendon, but you get it),  which doesn’t sound fun at all.

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