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Greg's Guys: Post-Spring Game Edition

April 16, 2019
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We have now officially entered the offseason. Spring ball is complete and Nebraska hosted quite a few visitors for practices over the last couple of months. There were also over 80 total recruits on hand for the annual Red-White Spring Game.

There has been significant movement on the list now that offensive tackle Turner Corcoran, the Huskers’ No. 1 overall target, has committed to Nebraska. And since Corcoran is committed, we have a new No. 1 Greg’s Guy.

If you aren’t familiar with the Greg’s Guys list, it’s my top 10 players in the class based on Nebraska’s needs, how a player fits in the scheme and talent. The player also needs to be interested in the Huskers. We looked at the list pre-spring game, and are now updating it post-spring game.

The list is always fluid and that’s what makes it fun. 

1. DT Nash Hutmacher‍ (Chamberlain, South Dakota)

The talented defensive lineman is the new No. 1 Greg’s Guy. Hutmacher has already taken his official visit to Nebraska, coming to campus the weekend of April 5. In his interview with Hail Varsity, he said that he’s seeing more growth in the program each time he visits. The highly-decorated wrestler plays with great leverage and works hard in the weight room. This one could be shaping up to be a Nebraska versus Wisconsin battle as he visits Madison in June.

2. OLB Quandarrius Robinson‍ (Birmingham, Alabama)

The hybrid outside linebacker visited Lincoln back in March for the Huskers’ second Junior Day.  The defender is the type of hybrid outside linebacker that the Huskers are looking for, standing at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. Robinson would represent a significant recruiting win out of Nick Saban’s backyard. However, his visit to Lincoln seems to have stuck with him and he is looking to take an official visit for the Ohio State game. 

3. OL Roger Rosengarten‍ (Highlands Ranch, Colorado)

Last year, when Rosengarten was an unofficial visitor in Lincoln for a game he was relatively unknown. The Huskers were early on Rosengarten and offered him one of his first scholarships. Rosengarten has seen his stock skyrocket since then. He took an unofficial visit to Nebraska on the first day of spring practice. Oregon is a real threat here but look for the big lineman (6-7, 275)—who also attends the same high school that Luke McCaffrey did—to take an official visit to Nebraska before deciding on a school.

4. JUCO WR Omar Manning‍ (Kilgore, Texas)

The Kilgore Community College wideout is the bigger-body type of pass catcher that many fans covet. He was originally committed to TCU before landing at Kilgore but at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, he has the size to go up and get the ball in the redzone. He has some quality offers but there is interest in the Huskers. 

5. LB Kaden Johnson‍ (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

The dynamic athlete attends Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. Johnson was part of a large group that took in a Huskers practice this spring and he came away wanting to get back around the program with his family. Johnson is looking to build a close relationship with the head coach at the school he eventually chooses so Coach Scott Frost will play a key role here. Iowa State is pursuing him hard as well.

6. DL Jamar Sekona‍ (Greenbrae, California)

Sekona, a 4-star defensive tackle from Marin Catholic High School in California, was an unofficial spring game visitor. He had a great time on his trip getting to reunite with defensive line coach Tony Tuioti. Sekona enjoyed the fans and culture at Nebraska, saying “it’s just different out there” when he spoke with Hail Varsity. He is a prime candidate for a summer official visit.

7. OLB Blaise Gunnerson‍ (Carroll, Iowa)

The Iowa defender came back to campus for a third time this spring for the spring game. He is building a bond with new Huskers commit Corcoran and priority target Xavier Watts. The Huskers are hoping to sell the Iowan on playing outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. Gunnerson is a very good defensive prospect and the Huskers hope the he follows the footsteps of 2019 signee Mosai Newsom and leaves the state of Iowa for Husker red.

8. ATH Xavier Watts‍ (Omaha, Nebraska) 

The Omaha Burke standout has really made a name for himself. Watts has become a bonafide national recruit who has seen his stock rise as more schools see his tape. He recently went on a tour of his top group of schools, including trips to Notre Dame and Nebraska last weekend for the spring game. He enjoyed his trip to Lincoln and was impressed again by what he saw. The big question here is have the Huskers made up enough ground to be a factor in his recruitment? 

9. WR Muhsin Muhammad III‍ (Charlotte, North Carolina)

The 4-star (HV Rating: 92.7) wide receiver visited Lincoln back in late March for spring practice. The pass-catcher, who stands at 6-foot and 180 pounds, made the trip with his father. His dad is former Panthers and Bears wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad. The visit went well and Muhammad enjoyed the family environment in Lincoln. Now the Huskers need to get him back in town for a game day in the fall for an official visit as he starts to garner even more attention. 

10. TE Tommy Christakos‍ (Scottsdale, Arizona)

The big-bodied (6-4, 200) prospect plays more wide receiver for his high school team in Arizona right now. However, Christakos told Hail Varsity that he is being recruited by tight ends coach Sean Beckton to play tight end at Nebraska. He’s very receptive to the idea and had an excellent visit to Nebraska for the spring game. Look for Christakos to take an official visit this summer too.

 
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