Well, to be completely blunt, we have had not had much to say about Nebraska Cornhuskers recruiting the last month or so since the bowl game dead period came into effect.
However, since there are about only 5 weeks left in the 2016 cycle before National Signing Day approaches, the efforts and interest in Nebraska has sharply gone upwards for several kids.
Here are the names & situations that you should keep an eye on as everything starts coming back to a full steam for a February finish:
- The Huskers could be in the thick for Butler Community College Defensive Lineman Tramal Ivy. He decommitted from Oklahoma State back on December 16th, and he's very interested in coming to Lincoln for a visit.
Nebraska just might be the spot for me— Almighty Ivy (@Allthewayivy25) January 5, 2016
Ivy noted to 247sports' Mike Schaefer that he wishes to visit the Huskers in January.
- California ATH/S Lamar Jackson played in the Under Armour All-American game on Saturday, and the Husker target had a interception in his limited playing time at Safety.
The Huskers could very well be the team that lands the 4 star Cali athlete, as Brian Stewart and Mike Riley were the last ones to visit him before the dead period came into effect. There's talk of a possible unofficial visit to Oregon, however the main date to watch is January 28th, where Jackson will be announcing via Bleacher Report video that he'll record a few days beforehand.
Even though USC is his listed fave on the 247 Crystal Ball, I put the call in for Nebraska in this case. He seems to have a very good relationship with both Stewart and Riley, and he speaks of how they have kept communication with Jackson. There is enough smoke to justify the fire in this pick.
- A offer finally came to Florida Cornerback KJ Sails, and he was not the only guy to notice it coming down the pipe.
Me and bro played in the Alll-Star Game together and we played good together @Cobra_Athlete31— KJ Sails Jr 9⃣‼️ (@KJ2LiVE) January 3, 2016
Think about it @_flightsdelayed on one side & @KJ2LiVE on the other side. ME at LB Yessssssss big 3 str8 Out of Florida.— TH1RTY (@Cobra_Athlete31) January 3, 2016
That is Nebraska LB verbal Greg Simmons talking about having Sails play at one corner while fellow Neb verbal CB DiCaprio Bootle playing at the opposite side, all while Simmons is in between at Linebacker.
Sails was committed to Iowa back on November 2nd, however he backed off on that commit two weeks later. It was highly thought of that Wisconsin was the leader in the clubhouse on Sails. However, with the news that DC Dave Aranda split to LSU, where the '16 cupboard can't get much better, the Huskers may have had perfect timing in the offer.
Look for a visit to Cincinnati for Sails, then one to Nebraska before the end of February.
- Another Defensive eye to keep on is Fishers, Indiana Linebacker Collin Miller, who will have the Huskers in a in-home visit and take a Official Visit to as well.
If the city that Miller is from sounds familiar to you, it's the same location (and High School) that former Nebraska DE and current Dallas Cowboys rookie Randy Gregory is from. Miller stated to a few folks that the Huskers would be on their in-home January 13th, which is the very first day after the dead period.
- It could be a pipe dream, but maybe Nebraska will finally get a visit from Lackawanna CC Linebacker Kapri Doucet after he decommitted from Arizona yesterday.
New consideration on my recruitment! pic.twitter.com/fkt7I3b47M— KAPRI DOUCET (@hit_squad_4) January 4, 2016
Doucet will be visiting Louisville on January 16th and West Virginia on January 30th. Watch to see if the Huskers try to get him to visit in that middle weekend.
- Minnesota WR and Husker commit JD Spielman wishes he was signed and moving to Nebraska this week.
Should've enrolled early— JD Spielman (@jdspielman10) January 5, 2016
- There was talk that Iowa Western CC Zach Martin was considering walking on at Nebraska to add depth to a murky Quarterback board. Well, scratch that, as Martin got an offer for a free ride and accepted it.
QB Zach Martin has committed to play at Northwest Missouri State #Bearcats— Reiver Football (@reiverfootball) December 31, 2015
In the whole grand scheme, it makes more sense for Martin to take this road. He's injured and can rehab and learn a playbook as he gets his schooling paid for.
- The next potential Huskers commit could come Saturday as John Raridon plays with Matt Farniok in the Army All-American Game in San Antonio. You know, the one on NBC where all these kids commit?
Speaking of Farniok, he was in this video of the first day of workouts for the Army AA game. He is featured around the 1:38 mark.
It wasn't a banner day for many Offensive Linemen in that piece, but it's clear to see that Farniok struggled a whole lot on Monday. Remember, it's a whole week worth of work and a game on Saturday, so one bad day shouldn't deter you on the thoughts of him coming to Lincoln.