The recruiting machine churns all week. Join us Tuesday through Friday nights when we recap Nebraska recruiting news, offering analysis and context.
As HuskersOnline first reported, Nebraska has extended a job offer to Arizona cornerbacks coach Donte Williams to fill former special teams coordinator Bruce Read’s vacant coaching position.
Williams has only been at Arizona for one season but has a tremendous reputation recruiting in the Los Angeles area. Arizona currently has 26 commits in its 2017 class, most notably 4-star athlete Greg Johnson, who is the No. 1 athlete in the 2017 class. Johnson was directly recruited by Williams from Hawkins High School in Los Angeles. Johnson is the teammate of 5-star WR Joseph Lewis, one of Nebraska’s top targets.
There are a few interesting things about the offer to Williams. The first is Nebraska’s clear intention to take advantage of the rule to add a 10th assistant coach, a new rule likely to be passed when the FBS coaches meet in the spring.
The hiring of Williams adds a ninth assistant, and if the new rule is approved, then Nebraska could promote graduate assistant Tavita Thompson to special teams coordinator, becoming the 10th coach.
The other interesting note is Williams’ connections to California on the recruiting trail. Williams would give Nebraska another recruiting weapon on the West Coast, an area where Nebraska already is strong. With Donte Williams and wide receivers coach Keith Williams recruiting on the West Coast, Nebraska would have an impressive advantage.
If Donte Williams does accept the job offer and hits the recruiting trail for Nebraska before this visiting period is over Dec. 12, the narrative for Nebraska’s recruitment of of Darnay Holmes could also change.
Holmes is a 5-star cornerback and wide receiver from Calabasas High School and one of Donte Williams’ top targets at Arizona. Holmes officially visited Arizona this year on Sept. 24. Nebraska’s been out of the loop with Holmes the past few weeks, but there’s been a recent resurgence of interest. Nebraska hiring Donte Williams would only amplify Nebraska’s chances.
Thursday night visits
Nebraska coaches made their way west this week on the recruiting trail.
Below is an updated map of where Nebraska coaches have been all week. To see where each coach has been during the entire visiting period, click on the line. To see who and where the recruits are, click on the pin.
The most notable visits on Thursday night included a 4-star receiver, a Florida commit and a 2018 quarterback.
Keith Williams stopped by 4-star wide receiver Jamire Calvin’s home on Thursday. Calvin is leaning toward Nebraska or Oregon State. He’s the No. 44 receiver in the 2017 class and plans to announce his commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 7.
— Jamire Calvin (@jcalv6) December 2, 2016
Nebraska defensive backs coach Brian Stewart visited 4-star prospect Elijah Blades’ home in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday. Blades is a Florida commit and has been committed to the Gators since June. Nebraska offered Blades in May.
Blades took one official visit this season to Utah.
— ELIJAH – BLADES™ (@savageszniv) December 2, 2016
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf stopped by 2018 4-star quarterback Tanner McKee’s home on Thursday night, McKee confirmed to Land of 10. McKee unofficially visited Nebraska at the end of November.
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