Most folks, myself included, thought that the Nebraska game hosting Purdue would be an 11 am kickoff. So, when the announcement of a 2:30 foot to ball kickoff was announced locally, Andy Vaughn and Ryan Gunderson got to work with some high quality visits, both official and kids visiting on their own dime.
Of course, we always put the disclaimer that at any time, this list can grow or shrink, depending on travel outcomes for the players involved.
Here’s who we have coming to Lincoln:
Greg Johnson (@quick6gjohnson) will take his 1st official visit this weekend to the Nebraska vs Purdue game #HawkinsFootball #GBR— Augustus Hawkins (@HawkinsFootball) October 18, 2016
We talked about Johnson the other day, and he’s a good target for Nebraska to roll on. The Arizona verbal is good friends with Joseph Lewis, the Hawkins WR five-star target that Nebraska has been heavy on.
It’s Johnson’s first OV, and it will be interesting to see where the Nebraska staff sells him on. I think the Huskers would want him as a DB first, followed by WR. However I think that Nebraska just wants him on campus and signed. It’s a longshot, sure, but at the same time shooters are going to shoot. Nebraska keeps shooting and gets the first visit.
Official visit this weekend to Nebraska⚪️ #GBR pic.twitter.com/zV6In1TZVl— R I C O♕® (@JohnsonTaariq) October 18, 2016
Fellow four-star Taariq Johnson, a Cal verbal, will be taking the trip also to Lincoln. Johnson and Keith Williams have kept in constant contact, even after Johnson committed to the Bears back in April. Williams worked a satellite camp back in June with Johnson in attendance, so it’s not like they haven’t worked with each other.
Three kids from Christian Brothers College Prep, led by stud 2018 WR Kamryn Babb, will be coming to Lincoln on their own dime to the Purdue game. It’s the second visit for Babb, who came to Nebraska’s Junior Day back in the spring.
The tie-in is that all three kids come from a school that has helped Nebraska before. Running back Tre Bryant is from Christian Brothers, and was quick to point out that he’s pumped all three are coming to his school to check things out.
My lil bros coming to Lincoln this weekend @kamm_o @luh_cam_ @tylerwaltonc4— Tre Bryant (@TreBryant_8) October 19, 2016
That brings the OV total to 27 total used, which is half of the 56 allotted ones the NCAA swears you can only use. With only 2 home games left and the Maryland game looking like a early kick, expect Nebraska to use a fair number of visits for the Minnesota game. Kids like Elijah Blades and Jamari Peacock are the early set of visitors, but that can add up soon.
I wouldn’t expect a verbal from this weekend in the ‘17 cycle. I suppose anything is possible on the ‘18 kids, but again, I think the odds are low.
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UPDATE: Add another unofficial visitor for Nebraska today.
One of the best WR's in Neb is Skutt's Christian Banker. He is unofficially visiting Nebraska today. His RR ($)-> https://t.co/PuoBxFssD6 pic.twitter.com/o4rJ52QTuG— NebraskaHSFootball (@NebHSFootball) October 22, 2016
Nebraska WR coach Keith Williams attended the Skutt game last night.