LINCOLN, Neb. — During National Signing Day on Wednesday, at the same time coaches were still figuring out what the 2017 class was going to look like, they were simultaneously working on the 2018 class.
Between appearing on the Huskers.com stream and trying to figure out who was going to commit, Nebraska’s coaches were also watching film of 2018 recruits, deciding who to go after once signing day activities were finished.
Which just goes to show how nonstop recruiting really is.
So as the coaches flip the page, so will we.
With 2017 in the books, Nebraska looks toward the 2018 class to fill even more depth chart holes, particularly the cornerback spot.
With that in mind, here are a few names to remember. These 2018 recruits already hold offers from Nebraska and will be a focus in the Huskers’ recruiting over the next year.
The No. 1 player on Nebraska’s list arguably is Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles.
Radley-Hiles is the No. 6 cornerback and No. 36 player in the 2018 class. Teammates with incoming Nebraska quarterback Tristan Gebbia and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. at Calabasas (Calif.) High School, Radley-Hiles has already visited Nebraska more than once. He was a star during Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights Camp last June and visited unofficially with Johnson in September.
Radley-Hiles holds 27 offers, including from Florida, USC, Notre Dame and Alabama. He recently moved from Calabasas to IMG Academy in Florida. So cornerbacks coach Donte Williams will probably head south instead of west quite a bit this year.
Nebraska is going to try to add another quarterback in the 2018 class and it is shooting pretty high. Tanner McKee is a 4-star quarterback and the No. 9 pro-style quarterback in the 2018 class.
McKee told Land of 10 after his offer from Nebraska in November that he plans on trying to officially visit. He’s unofficially visited once, when Nebraska beat Maryland on Nov. 19.
— Tanner McKee (@McKeeTmckee) November 21, 2016
McKee threw for 3,290 yards and 18 touchdowns his junior season at Centennial High School in Corona, Calif.
He has 12 other offers, including from Stanford, BYU, Oregon State, Georgia and Utah.
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf visited Colson Yankoff during the visiting period in December.
Yankoff is a former Oregon commit and the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class. The 4-star recruit from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is the No. 2 player in his state.
He has 15 offers, most recently from Oregon State, Baylor, TCU and Tennessee.
Coach Mike Riley and Langsdorf have talked the past few months about going after a dual-threat quarterbacks to balance out Nebraska’s variety of QBs. If McKee is the No. 1 quarterback target, Yankoff is 1A.
Roberts is the younger brother of Avery Roberts, a 4-star linebacker in Nebraska’s 2017 class.
The younger Roberts is a 3-star running back and the No. 2 player in Delaware. Nebraska will try to add a running back to the 2018 class.
Roberts also has an offer from North Carolina. The other school to watch is Penn State. Roberts has unofficially visited Penn State twice. The Nittany Lions have not offered Roberts. If they do, Nebraska will be in for a fight.
Hall does not have a star rating but is a 6-foot, 171-pound wide receiver from Calabasas, Calif., with offers from Nebraska, UCLA, Oregon, Hawaii and USC.
Riley made an emphasis in his press conference on Signing Day that Nebraska will continue to recruit California hard.
With Gebbia and Johnson, Nebraska clearly likes Calabasas players. Hall could very well be the next Calabasas addition.
Another brother of a current Nebraska player, Will Farniok (younger brother of offensive lineman Matt Farniok) is a 6-foot-3, 255-pound center from Sioux Falls, S.D.
He doesn’t have a star rating but has unofficially visited Nebraska twice.
Nebraska has 17 offensive linemen on its roster for 2017 but not many who specialize at the center position.
Farniok has offers from Iowa and Iowa State.
Maybe Donte Williams’ biggest challenge for the 2018 class will be recruiting Jaiden Woodbey.
Woodbey is a 4-star prospect from Upland, Calif., and the No. 3 safety in the 2018 class. He has 19 offers, including from Ohio State, USC, Washington and Oklahoma.
Williams was able to pull 4-star cornerback Elijah Blades away from Florida in two months. That was impressive. Landing Woodbey might be an even greater feat.