When we last left you after the commitment of Spencer Tears last week, Nebraska's 10 verbals for the 2015 recruiting cycle had gone up to number 8 overall in FBS, while being 2nd in the B1G. While it's still second in the Big Ten, Nebraska has fallen a little bit to 10th nationally. That is definitely nothing that should be discounted though, in that the Huskers have done a great job so far of getting to kids they reached out to early in the cycle.
With the Summer months coming up and kids coming and going to things like Big Red Weekend and such, it's difficult to take a gander and see what is happening. Here's the skinny on the news and such through this weekend. As I always say, these offers and news pieces are fluid and things could change.
- The staff has gone out of their way to see two Tight Ends in the past couple of days. Hale Hentges is a 6'6" kid from Jefferson City, Missouri that is being courted hard by several schools that have visited in the past few days. Nebraska showed up along with Missouri, Oklahoma and such. The second thought was piqued by this tweet....
Iowa State, North Texas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Georgia State will be at practice tomorrow morning. #AmericasJUCO #B1G #BIG12— reiverfootball (@reiverfootball) April 21, 2014
.. that's interesting to me. I've pined about IWCC being right down the road from Lincoln and not being visited by anyone on the staff before. I am not 100% sure of who Nebraska saw, but my first idea would be Andrew Davis, the #2 JUCO TE in America and the #2 Iowa JUCO prospect. His offer sheet is a touch thin, and it's a situation that Nebraska could definitely battle a school like Illinois for.
- There is some reason to take a look at what has just happened down in Norman. Two Oklahoma de-commits should be interest of Nebraska folks. The first one we'll look at happened just yesterday, as DT Du'Vonta Lampkin just deco'ed from the Sooners yesterday. While Nebraska hasn't offered yet, you would have to imagine that Charlton Warren and Rich Kazcenski will come ringing soon. The second deco, Josh Wariboko, is a OG that already had a Nebraska offer before he committed, and that offer still stands. John Garrison was his lead, and Nebraska seems to be on even footing with all of his other interests.
- I asked for questions last night, albeit late, and I got a good one...
@btbowling with limited scollies for the 2015 class, will they take another QB in addition to Dillman?— Brian Ray (@IDBrianray) April 23, 2014
Brian did ask a great question, as there's a thought of having a "insurance policy" if Zack Darlington can't make it through his college eligibility. Kevin Dillman is probably going to be your lone verbal for now, and I say that because Nebraska, like last cycle, will probably wait till the end of the HS season to see who is available and offer accordingly, if there is something even out there worthwhile for Nebraska to go after. That could backfire, but if Dillman stays solid, with the numbers right now for the class (no more than 20 right now, something I'll address soon enough), there may not be a need for a second.
- I am still kinda wondering about Cameron Townsend, the Missouri City, Tx (Houston area) OLB that visited Nebraska for the Spring Game. He loved his visit, and the Huskers did their best with Ross Els and John Papuchis helping him out. Even with the good vibes, expect him to become a Longhorn. Nebraska is still aiming high for Aaron Williams, who Nebraska and Warren are fighting Duke for right now. Carver HS in Atlanta is where Williams is at, and Warren is proving to be money down in that part of the country. I'm pretty confident that the next commitment should be Williams. So confident that I'm putting my Crystal Ball prediction on Nebraska for him.
- Finally, I wonder who Tim Beck visited yesterday...
East coast recruiting. Doesn't get any better.— Tim Beck (@NU_speed_kills) April 23, 2014
This just touches base on what's is active and what could become active for the Huskers in the coming Summer months. Don't forget, SBNation is your best resource for completely FREE recruiting news throughout the country and all year around.
(Thanks as always to Mike Schaefer and the guys at 247 sports for the links. Check out their site for some great recruiting news as well)