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Nebraska Recruiting: Who Just Missed the May Greg's Guys Cut?

May 19, 2020
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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 May edition of the Greg’s Guys list is out. The list is my top 10 players for Nebraska’s recruiting class based on needs, how a player fits in the scheme and talent has turned the page to the current cycle.

There were changes to the list this month after three targets from the April list committed. Each of those commitments (Terrence Lewis, Avante Dickerson and Keagan Johnson) caused waves through Husker Nation. We also got a huge riser in wideout Jaylin Noel who could be making a college choice soon. 

Still, there is no way to capture the whole picture with 10 top targets. There are several players who just missed the cut for the April list.

TE Erik Olsen (Littleton, Colorado)

The Huskers have a strong preference to take a pair of tight ends in the 2021 recruiting class. The Colorado native is a strong candidate to be one of the two in the class. The Huskers are firmly on his radar with the help of some strong family connections. 

“My mom went to Nebraska and both my aunts went there,” Olsen said. “Three of my cousins went there. One of them is going on right now and two of them have gone through it. I have a lot of family lives in Omaha and some family lives out west in Nebraska. I'm always out there going out to Omaha and going to games in Lincoln.”

Nebraska has consistently told tight end targets they want to use the position more. The team is searching for players with versatility to fill the role. That versatility is also what separates Olsen as a prospect. 

WR Patrick Bryant (Jacksonville, Florida)

Wide receiver targets have been hard to pin down this cycle. The lack of visits in response to COVID-19 caused uncertainty. So did having a new wide receivers coach in Matt Lubick. There has also been some natural shifting of the board too as Lubick looks for guys that fit the bill for him. The 6-1, 170-pound pass catcher was productive in 2019 hauling in 45 catches for 684 yards and 11 touchdowns. Bryant is a little off the radar at the moment but could develop into a big target for the Huskers.

LB Martez Thrower (Rochelle, Georgia)

The Huskers are off to a hot start this recruiting cycle with linebacker targets. South Dakota’s Randolph Kpai, Georgia’s Chris Paul Jr and Florida’s Patrick Payton are in the class. However, the Huskers are looking for at least two more additions to the linebacking corps. Thrower (6-1, 200) is an old-school player down in Georgia with great pursuit skills. He could be on the verge of seeing his recruitment go to another level. He currently holds double-digit offers currently.

Recruit Watch

>> Former Nebraska defensive end commit RJ Sorensen has found a new home and has committed to Louisville. 

>> Nebraska wideout target Tommi Hill has included the Huskers in his top six. 

>> Intriguing athlete target Riley Leonard had options in basketball and football but he committed to play football at Duke. 

>> Husker running back target Amari Daniels picked up an offer from Michigan on Tuesday. 

 

ICYMI

>> The May edition of Greg’s Guys is here with lots of updates given how many prospects are in limbo currently. 

>> Former Nebraska lineman AJ Forbes transferred to Montana. He announced his next move on Twitter Monday night. 

>> Set your DVRs now. Three former Huskers are set to appear on NBC’s Titan Games.

 
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