By the time Scott Frost sat at the podium for his introductory news conference, he and his staff at Nebraska had already extended seven new offers. That blitz on the recruiting trail continued Sunday, as eight more prospects received offers from the Huskers.
The staff clearly had a plan and it’s been executing it at a rapid pace. Here’s a breakdown of the latest offers:
S C.J. Smith (4 stars, West Palm Beach, Fla.)
C.J. Smith is the second 4-star safety from Florida to receive an offer from the new coaching staff, as Nebraska also offered John Huggins (Daytona Beach, Fla.) on Sunday. Huggins named the Huskers his leader later that night. This staff is clearly targeting safeties who provide size and speed on the back end and Smith fits that mold, measuring 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds.
Huskers assistant Jovan Dewitt, expected to be the linebackers coach, has been his primary recruiter and had Smith interested in UCF, where the majority of the new staff worked this season. Smith took an official visit with the Golden Knights on Nov. 10. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Smith is the No. 23 safety in the class.
Dewitt visited with the prospect Sunday night.
— Cj Smith (@Cj_Csmith) December 4, 2017
DT Bryson Williams (3 stars, Lincoln, Neb.)
The Lincoln Southeast star never received an offer from Mike Riley, but UCF had long been interested in Bryson Williams. That interest heated up with the staff’s move to Nebraska, where it will put on a full-court press to keep the Wisconsin commit in-state. Williams is the 61st-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, per the 247Sports composite. Frost was clear Sunday when he said, “There’s too many kids from this state playing at other schools,” and it looks like he’ll do everything he can to make sure Williams does not get away.
Blessed to have received an offer from the University of Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/mco0Oxg5Fd
— Bryson Williams (@brysonjw_18) December 4, 2017
RB Javian Hawkins (3 stars, Titusville, Fla.)
Javian Hawkins is one of four running backs the new staff has offered, and the kind of back they are looking for is becoming apparent: shifty and can make plays on the ground as well as through the air. Hawkins is a natural fit in that sense, since he is ranked as the No. 25 all-purpose back in the country, according to the 247Sports composite. The decision for Hawkins looks like it will come down to Louisville, where he is currently committed, and Nebraska. His official visit with Nebraska is set for Dec. 16 and he will see Louisville this weekend.
Nothing would be possible, without the man upstairs 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 Blessed to have received an offer From NE🅱️RASKA 🌽GoHuskers🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/hpe6Wb4MVX
— ƱPLAY.STATIONƱ (@JavianHawkins) December 3, 2017
WR Antoine Green (3 stars, Rockledge, Fla.)
Antoine Green de-committed from Florida State on Sunday, and the Huskers wasted little time in gauging his interest in Nebraska. Ryan Held, the new running backs coach, completed an in-home visit with Green early Monday. Held also checked in on one of Green’s high school teammate, 4-star running back Jashaun Corbin, who also picked up a Nebraska offer on Sunday after de-committing from Florida State the same day. Green is 6-2, 195 pounds and is the 80th-ranked wideout in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.
— Antoine Green (@_yg_qualified) December 4, 2017
WR Jaron Woodyard (3 stars, Bethesda, Md.)
Jaron Woodyard was recruited hard by the staff at UCF and now they want him at Nebraska. At 5-11, 180 pounds, Woodyard makes up for what he lacks in size with speed. He currently attends junior college at Arizona Western, one of the best JUCO colleges in the nation, and became the third Arizona Western player to receive an offer from the new staff. Woodyard is rated as the No. 4 JUCO wideout in this class, per the 247Sports composite.
— jaron woodyard ™ (@__SPEEDYY8) December 4, 2017
RB Greg Bell (3 stars, Chula Vista, Calif.)
Greg Bell, one of Woodyard’s teammates at Arizona Western, picked up a Huskers offer Sunday. The 6-0, 200-pound all-purpose back had been set to attend San Diego State before landing at Arizona Western. The consensus is that Utah is the leader for him, but the Huskers will now make things interesting. Bell is the No. 5 JUCO running back, according to the 247Sports composite.
— Greg Bell (@GregBell_) December 4, 2017
OT Jahmir Johnson (3 stars, Philadelphia)
Jahmir Johnson was the third Arizona Western prospect to land a Huskers offer Sunday. The 6-5, 290-pound tackle is likely better suited for an interior line position at the FBS level and holds 20 offers. The staff also recruited him to UCF and he’s taken official visits to Arkansas and Missouri this fall. Johnson is the No. 5 JUCO offensive tackle, according to the 247Sports composite.
— JayJay (@jahmirjohnson34) December 4, 2017
LB Will Honas (3 stars, El Dorado, Kan.)
Another offer, another top-end JUCO prospect. Will Honas played at El Dorado Community College in Kansas, where he received the top ranking among inside linebackers, according to the 247Sports composite. Ole Miss, Iowa and Kansas State are thought to be in Honas’ top group.
— Will Honas (@Will_Honas) December 3, 2017