Official visits are back. On Friday the Huskers will host their first official visit weekend since the end of the 2019 football season. It’s an important weekend for the team who are scheduled to host eight official visitors in total. It says a lot about what Nebraska thinks about the group of players that are coming to Lincoln for the first visit weekend since the dead period was lifted.
Let’s breakdown where each visitor is in their recruitment with Nebraska.
3-star Tight End Chase Androff (Lakeville, Minnesota)
Tight end recruiting in the region has definitely picked up over the last few cycles. The Minnesota pass catching tight end (6-6, 230) being the first player at the position on campus for an official visit signals the Huskers’ strong interest in him. Androff is from the same area of Minnesota as offensive tackle Bryce Benhart. There is also aa family connection since his sister spent her freshman year at Nebraska. He’s looking forward to his trip to Lincoln.
“I’m definitely looking forward to getting to know the staff and players,” Androff said. “Oh, also getting to look at the facilities”
3-star Offensive Lineman Ashton Craig (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)
This weekend will start a Big Ten blitz for the lineman (6-5, 260) out of Indiana. The Huskers get the first shot at him but he’s also scheduled to visit Northwestern, Iowa and Vanderbilt during June. Craig will also try to take unofficial visits to in-state schools Indiana and Purdue. It feels like the lineman is destined to play in the Big Ten it’s just a matter of where.
3-star Defensive Lineman Nico Davillier (Maumelle, Arkansas)
Pulling defensive linemen from the South that have offers in the region is tough, but the Huskers are making a strong push with the Arkansas lineman. Davillier (6-2, 265) could have nice position flexibility along the Huskers’ 3-4 front. Right now, this seems to be a battle between the Huskers and Arkansas. Those are the only two schools he has official visits locked in with.
“I’m looking forward to seeing everything in person and getting the feeling to be on a college campus,” Davillier said.
3-star Offensive Lineman Valen Erickson (Chicago, Illinois)
If there was a player I would label most likely to commit this weekend it would be the Illinois lineman. Erickson (6-6, 280) came to Lincoln on his own for the spring game and liked what he saw. He’s also plenty familiar with the Nebraska coaching staff because he lived in Orlando before moving to Illinois while the staff was at Central Florida. He doesn’t have another official lined up yet so the Huskers have a great chance to make a big impression.
“The thing I am most looking forward to is meeting the coaches in person and seeing what they have planned for me,” he said.
3-star Defensive Lineman Jalen Marshall (Overland Park, Kansas)
The Huskers have been there in Marshall’s recruitment since the beginning. The Huskers were among his first offers. He’s a fluid (6-6, 275) lineman that would fit well with what the Huskers like to do with their defensive linemen. He’s got official visits set for Oklahoma State (June 11) and Indiana (June 18) later this month. Those schools are smart to get on him early because his profile could raise significantly in the coming month.
3-star Wide Receiver Landon Samson (Southlake, Texas)
Things have progressed quickly between Nebraska and Samson. The Texas wideout (6-1, 180) came to Lincoln for the spring game and will now return quickly for an official visit. He had a huge junior season catching 75 passes for 1,293 yards and 15 touchdowns. He does plan to visit Ohio State this month with his quarterback who is committed to the Buckeyes. The Huskers will hope to keep that visit from happening.
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3-star Quarterback Richard Torres (San Antonio, Texas)
The battle for the No. 1 spot on Nebraska’s quarterback board has been a mysterious one for the 2022 cycle. Currently, I’d peg Richard Torres in that spot. The signal-caller (6-6, 210) has been under the radar nationally but the Huskers like him a lot. He’s got a strong arm and enough athleticism to run the offense. Nebraska is locked in a battle with Kansas State for him currently. He’s scheduled to visit the Wildcats on June 11.
4-star Running Back Justin Williams (Dallas, Georgia)
Williams is among the headliners for the weekend for Nebraska. He’s the highest-rated player coming to town and also plays a position where the team is still looking for consistency. He’s got good size standing at 6-0, 200 pounds. The Huskers get the first chance to impress the Georgia native but aren’t the only school after him. Williams has close to the 30 scholarship offers with official visits planned this month to Louisville, West Virginia and USC. He’s excited to see what Lincoln has to offer.
“Meeting all the coaches and getting too see the facilities has me super excited,” Williams said. “I’m looking for a place I can fit in and that feels like home.”
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.