On National Signing Day, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley talked pretty extensively about recruiting in the 500-mile radius around Lincoln.
He said he wants to dominate that area, and warned others not to be surprised if the Cornhuskers’ 2018 class has even more from that area than the 2017 class.
“I really want to hit that radius hard,” Riley said. “I want to make sure that every guy who might be a prospect in Kansas City is on our campus in a couple of months. Same thing with St. Louis. I think we can do better there. There’s lots of athletes. I think we can find the right guy for Nebraska. We’ve already got some pretty good players there.”
But it all begins from inside Nebraska’s borders. To that end, the Huskers’ two top in-state recruits for 2018 are already committed to Nebraska. Here’s a little about them, and who else Nebraska might go after within the state this year.
Cameron Jurgens, 4-star TE, Beatrice
247Sports rates the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Jurgens as the No. 5 tight end in the Class of 2018, the No. 1 overall player in the state of Nebraska, the No. 100 player in the nation.
He’s been committed to Nebraska since August of 2015 but holds offers from South Dakota State and UCLA, as well.
Masry Mapieu, 3-star DT, York
The Huskers have the No. 1 player in Nebraska already committed, and the have the state’s No. 2 player, as well, in Mapieu.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Mapieu has been committed to Nebraska since June of last year, giving Nebraska the No. 41 tackle in the 2018 class.
Mapieu has five other offers — Iowa, Iowa State, South Dakota State, USF and UCLA.
Moses Bryant, RB, Omaha Elkhorn South
Bryant does not have a star rating or any offers, but his statistics alone speak volumes — 1,688 yards rushing and 37 touchdowns his junior season. He averaged 129 yards per game and 8.3 yards per carry.
As a sophomore, he ran for 1,181 yards and 17 touchdowns.
He attended Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights Camp last season, and unofficially visited Notre Dame on Oct. 15, 2016.
Daveon Jones, RB, Omaha Millard North
The 6-foot, 163-pound Jones is another talented in-state running back from Omaha, and holds an offer from Iowa State. He received that last summer after attending Iowa State’s summer camp.
He also participated in Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights camp last summer.
Zach Schlager, LB, McCook
Schlager, a 6-2, 215-pound inside linebacker, also does not have a star rating or any offers. But he is being looked at by quite a few schools, according to his Rivals profile.
Schlager plays a little bit of everything at McCook, as last season he ran for 940 yards and 14 touchdowns and threw for another 417 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Schlager had 55 solo tackles and 99 total tackles as a junior.