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Nebraska Recruiting: Friday Night Lights II Roundup and Reactions

June 23, 2019
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Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The second Friday Night Lights camp happened a couple of days ago at Memorial Stadium. In addition to all of the campers working out and getting instruction from Husker coaches and players, there were several official visitors and unofficial visitors on hand. 

One 2020 prospect who made it to town for the Big Red BBQ was offensive tackle commit Turner Corcoran. The Kansan had a great time as he usually does when on campus. 

“It was great,” he told Hail Varsity. “There was [a lot] of stuff to do. It was great to see the staff like always and it was fun to help recruit guys like Alex [Conn] and Teddy [Prochazka].”

Corcoran said that they had TVs and video games set up inside of Hawks Championship Center and that it was a pretty cool environment. There were players mingling as well and he was able to go back to Bryce Benhart’s dorm with Benhart and Mike Lynn. He thought that was fun and also said that he feels like he is going to fit in pretty well with those guys.

There was no drop off for Corcoran for how good it felt to be on campus as a committed player now. I did find it interesting that he was helping to peer recruit Prochazka, the Elkhorn South star. That’s not necessarily unusual but I noticed quarterback Adrian Martinez talking with Prochazka as well during Friday Night Lights too.

“I’m glad that I’m leaving a good impression on the people I meet,” Prochazka said about meeting the Nebraska athletes. “When Adrian talked with me, it was pretty cool because he’s the top guy on campus and he was just telling me how much he wanted me to go there.”

Another player from the 2021 class that was in Lincoln for the BBQ was 4-star wide receiver Bryce Stephens from Oklahoma City. Stephens told Hail Varsity that he had a good time and he’s already ready to be back. 

“Nebraska was amazing,” Stephens said. “The coaches were very welcoming. The place and town is just great itself. I can’t wait to be back.”

The 2021 prospect said he definitely will be back for a game in the fall and that he has noticed the Nebraska staff trying to get more Oklahoma guys on the team. He’s looking for a family type feeling and to be at a great school for life after football.

Here is a roundup of some of the social media activity from the weekend:

>> Elliott Brown, a 2020 quarterback from Elkhorn South, had a great time at camp with his friends. 

>> RJ Sorensen, a 2021 defensive end from Florida, made the trip up for the BBQ and left with an offer from the Huskers. 

>> Quinton Conley, a 2022 wide receiver from Kansas, had a great first visit to Nebraska. Conley already holds an offer.

>> Butler Community College wide receiver DeShawn Hanika came to Lincoln for Friday Night Lights and hopes it won’t be his last time in Lincoln.

Recruit Watch

>> On Friday, Norris running back Ashton Housmann joined Nebraska’s 2020 walk-on class.

>> On Saturday, Lincoln Southeast lineman Xavier Trevino also joined Nebraska’s walk-on class. I asked Trevino what led to the decision.

“Honestly, it’s always been a dream of mine to play at the top, and an even bigger dream to represent my state and play at Nebraska,” he said. “The way Coach G [offensive line coach Greg Austin] talked to me and what he saw in me is unlike any other coach. So, I had to take the opportunity.” 

>> Connor Colby, an offensive lineman from Iowa that Nebraska liked in the 2021 class, committed to Iowa.

>> Priority defensive line target Nash Hutmacher took home more gold over the weekend in the USAW JR. Duals. 

>> Xavier Hill, a 2020 wide receiver from Birmingham, Alabama, included Nebraska in his top six schools. 

>> Priority outside linebacker target Cody Simon looks like he had a good time on his official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

ICYMI

>> The Huskers picked up commitment No. 4 of the 2020 recruiting class on Sunday when Tamon Lynum, a cornerback from Florida, joined the class.

>> Isaiah Roby spoke with Jacob Padilla about his NBA Draft dream becoming a reality.

>> Hail Varsity has been busy talking to recruits who were in town. We have interviews up with 2021 QB Santino Marucci (Premium), 2021 WR Davin Simms, 2020 LB Derrick Lewis (Premium), 2021 OLB TJ Bollers (Premium), 2021 CB Avante Dickerson and 2021 OL Henry Lutovsky (Premium)

>> Derek Peterson is here with your Husker home game Power Index for 2019.

>> What are seven things that could make college football even better? Let Derek show you what they are.

 
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