Welcome back to your periodic official visit update thread! To review, this article serves as a means to update you on the current number of official visits used, and who will be visiting for the upcoming home game.
I’ll also be breaking down who has visited in Mike Riley’s previous years, as well as the commitments from said visitors.
Today we’ll be focusing on week 10 of Nebraska’s schedule for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Week 10: This week in 2015 was the infamous win over Michigan State in Lincoln. I was at the game that week, and man was the environment electric. It was the perfect ending to an evening football game filled with recruits. One that would see over half committing.
- David Reese ILB – Florida
- Dez Fitzpatrick WR – Louisville
- Markell Simmons DB – TCU
- Kingston Davis RB – Michigan
- Lamar Jackson DB – Nebraska
- DiCaprio Bootle DB – Nebraska
- Tre Bryant RB – Nebraska
- Boe Wilson OL – Nebraska
- JoJo Domann DB – Nebraska
It’s hard to argue that the upset win against MSU didn’t make a sudden and severely positive impact on the visitors. One of the strangest storylines to follow from this one was that of Dez Fitzpatrick, who had initially de-committed from Louisville and rumored to be committing to Nebraska. He, surprisingly, re-upped his commitment to Louisville last minute.
Official visit count: 22
Week 10: @ Ohio State
Official visit count: 27
Week 10: Mike Riley’s seat is hot, there’s no doubt about it. I’m not sure if it’s that heat that’s making him double down on this recruiting class, or if it’s just the sheer professionalism that he exudes, but it’s evident with the kind of visitors coming to town for Northwestern. The class just lost a big piece in Bookie Radley-Hiles, but coaches refuse to give up on it. That’s a bold testament to their dedication and passion for the university.
- Chris Bleich OT – UCLA commit
- Jalen Hall WR – uncommitted
- Elijah Wade OLB/DE – uncommitted
- Kalon Gervin ATH – uncommitted
- Andre Cisco DB – uncommitted
- Jeremy Banks RB – uncommitted
- Kassidy Woods WR – uncommitted
- Camren McDonald TE – USC commit
- Mario Goodrich DB – Nebraska commit
Contrary to what you saw with the Wisconsin game, only three of the targets are currently committed to schools (Chris Bleich to UCLA, Camren McDonald to USC, and Mario Goodrich to Nebraska). The rest are uncommitted with no clear leaders.
Jalen Hall is Nebraska’s #1 WR target, and an absolutely massive visitor – both literally and figuratively. Standing at 6’4”, Hall has 41 scholarship offers and many believe Keith Williams is going to bat against Oregon and USC for the nations top athlete. He’s expressed interest in possibly leaving the state, but whether or not he’d feel comfortable going as far as Nebraska won’t be known until after his visit.
An interesting note, Hall’s old high school teammate is current USC WR and former Husker target Joseph Lewis, which would make most think he’s a USC lock, however, that’s not the case. It’s actually Lewis who has been in Jalen’s ear encouraging him to check out Nebraska for a game after liking what he saw during his recruitment.
Right now, Nebraska has a dire need for WRs who can play right away – the opposite of USC who just signed six in the 2017 class. This means the door is wide open for the big body WR to step in and immediately find playing time alongside current Husker commit Joshua Moore. You can expect him to be selling the idea of being in the same position room together on Saturday, as Moore will be an unofficial visitor for the weekend.
Riley will need to keep the positive momentum of a come from behind win going, as he can’t afford to drop more than the game against Penn St if he wants to keep his job. It’s pretty apparent that at this point the Frost train is chugging along, and the fans will not accept anything less than 4-1, if they even accept that. Recruits notice these things, and it’ll be something they’ll be monitoring very closely going forward.
In summary, the number of official visitors (and subsequent commitments later on in the season for 2015/2016 through week 10 of Riley’s first three seasons are as follows:
2015: 22 officials (11 signees)
2016: 27 officials (11 signees)
2017: 28 officials*
*subject to change based on surprise officials or updates
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