National Signing Day has the potential to be a huge day for the future of the Nebraska football program. Scott Frost and his staff have been recruiting on behalf of the Huskers for more than two months now. They signed 13 prospects during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period. Nebraska currently holds six additional commitments in its class and those prospects are expected to ink their letters of intent Wednesday. Overall, the Huskers have built a solid foundation for the 2018 recruiting class.
But the Huskers have several open spots in the class and even more targets who can possibly fill those slots. Signings will occur throughout the day, with some happening as early as 8 a.m. ET and finishing at 4 p.m. ET. It will be a long day for those interested in Nebraska recruiting, with fans hoping it will be worth it.
Expect Nebraska to sign six, perhaps even seven, more prospects to the class.
Nebraska recruiting updates, signee tracker for National Signing Day
UPDATE (4:50 p.m. ET): Likely Nebraska’s final signing of the day, 3-star Andre Hunt is the final member of the class. His official visit last weekend sealed the deal. Expect Hunt to be a nice vertical asset in Scott Frost’s offense.
UPDATE (4:05 p.m. ET): Offensive line prospect Jalan Robinson will not sign Wednesday, per Bobby Nightengale of the Lawrence World-Journal. It will be interesting to see if the Huskers can afford to allocate a scholarship for him.
UPDATE (3:00 p.m. ET): Nebraska’s top offensive line target, 3-star guard Jarrett Bell, picked Arizona State. He had been trending that direction for a while. At one point, he seemed safe in the boat for Nebraska, but drifted away as January went on and the calendar flipped to February.
- Another miss, albeit expected, was 4-star cornerback Taiyon Palmer. He chose N.C. State, which was the favorite throughout the last month. Nebraska put up a good fight for Palmer, but could not break through.
UPDATE (2:50 p.m. ET): One of Nebraska’s top targets heading into the day, 4-star running back Maurice Washington, has officially popped for the Huskers. Washington made the announcement during a televised announcement on ESPN2. He is the second running back in the class, along with Greg Bell, who is already on campus. The Huskers plan on getting the ball in Washington’s hands and letting him make plays. He has excellent vision, good balance, with a combination of strength and agility.
UPDATE (1:40 p.m. ET): According to Mike Sautter of the Omaha World-Herald, 3-star defensive tackle Masry Mapieu has signed with Iowa Western Community College. Fears over Mapieu’s ability to academically qualify put the staff in a tough position and they would not accept his letter of intent to Nebraska, despite being committed to Nebraska for more than 18 months. That news came out Friday, but now we know where Mapieu will got to right the ship.
UPDATE (1:10 p.m. ET): This is the lull we anticipated after a flurry of signing ceremonies this morning. There are four Nebraska targets (schedule at bottom) still expected to announce. The Huskers will hope to add two of those prospects, at least. As far as how Nebraska has done so far Wednesday, it has connected on three of the six targets. If Nebraska can finish 5-for-10, that’s a pretty good day.
UPDATE (11:47 a.m. ET): Braxton Clark is officially a member of the class, Nebraska announced. The 3-star prospect is the only true cornerback in the class. At 6-foot-3, he brings extreme length to the position. Like a lot of members of this class, he’ll have the chance to see the field early at Nebraska.
UPDATE (11:45 a.m. ET): Well, that’s one way for a recruitment to end. Javontae Jean-Baptiste, a 4-star outside linebacker, has sent his letter of intent to Ohio State, Buckeyes defensive coordinator Greg Schiano announced. After weeks of speculation that saw the Huskers in the lead heading into the final week, the Buckeyes came back around to Jean-Baptiste. Missing out Jean-Baptiste is tough for Nebraska, but it’s somewhat assuaged by the addition of Caleb Tannor.
UPDATE (11:35 a.m. ET): Jean-Baptist will be signing at noon ET (11 a.m. CT), from an assistant coach’s office. His New Jersey school was closed due to inclement weather Wednesday. Jean-Baptiste will be deciding between Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Texas A&M.
UPDATE (11:23 a.m. ET): Nebraska will not have a defensive tackle in its 2018 recruiting class. After the staff advised Masry Mapieu not to sign his letter of intent to the Huskers because of academic issues, Nebraska’s only shot at the position was 3-star prospect Otito Ogbonnia, who signed with UCLA. The Huskers were always on the outside looking in with him, but hosted Ogbonnia for an official visit last weekend. It wasn’t enough to bring him to Lincoln full-time, though.
UPDATE (11:10 a.m. ET): The Huskers have added an offensive lineman. After searching far and wide, they’ve added 3-star tackle Willie Canty from Belle Glade, Fla. He chose Nebraska over Louisville. This recruitment wasn’t too public until the final weeks, but offensive line coach Greg Austin did a good job of recruiting him and his mother. After his official visit last weekend, things seemed wrapped up, so this signing was expected. It will be interesting to see if Nebraska adds another offensive lineman throughout the day.
UPDATE (11:00 a.m. ET): Nebraska announced it has received C.J. Smith’s letter of intent. The 3-star safety was the first prospect to commit to Scott Frost and the new staff, back on Dec. 10. Officially signing today, the process of landing the first commit is now complete. Along with fellow safety commit Cam Jones, the Huskers have added two rangy safeties on the back end, both of whom can see the field and make quick impacts.
UPDATE (10:40 a.m. ET): After missing on Ken Montgomery Jr., the Huskers rebounded nicely with the addition of 3-star athlete Cam Taylor. The Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing athlete is a 3-star prospect who played quarterback in high school, but will transition to the defensive side of the ball in college. There was some late concern over whether a possible late offer from Auburn would throw a wrench into his standing with Nebraska, but he evidently stuck with his gut. Taylor’s official visit was so good he cancelled a scheduled trip to Missouri the next weekend. His relationship with the staff, which began when they started recruiting him at UCF, was key here.
UPDATE (10:15 a.m. ET): Nebraska’s first miss of the day is 4-star cornerback Ken Montgomery Jr. The Huskers won the bid for his final official visit, which took place last weekend, but could not overcome Maryland for his commitment. Nebraska has other cornerback targets on its board who are announcing today, such as Cam Taylor and Taiyon Palmer, but adding Montgomery would have been a big boost for Nebraska. The decision, however, is not too surprising. His visit was impressed, it was just not enough at the end of the day and the Terrapins add a long corner to their class.
UPDATE (9:45 a.m. ET): Nebraska’s first big get of the day is in. Caleb Tannor, a 4-star defensive end, announced he would sign with Nebraska. He will likely transition to outside linebacker in the Huskers’ 3-4 scheme. This recruitment was down to the wire, with the Huskers beating out Florida late. Auburn was the favorite but seemingly took itself out of the race by pursuing other defensive targets.
UPDATE (9:10 a.m. ET): Adam Friedman of Rivals.com reports that Javontae Jean-Baptiste will send his letter of intent to his selected school around noon ET. However, he is still wavering in his decision. We heard Tuesday that he was “all over the place.” It’s not looking good for Nebraska, which once held a stronghold on his recruitment, even as late as last week. This is definitely one to watch.
- Dominick Watt has officially sent in his letter of intent. The 3-star wide receiver committed to Nebraska without seeing the school on Jan. 18. He has deep-threat potential and is another example of Nebraska recruiting Florida heavily. Four of Nebraska’s signees Wednesday are from Florida, as are seven members of the 2018 class.
UPDATE (8:50 a.m. ET): Onetime Nebraska commit Mario Goodrich selected Clemson. His final decision came down to the Tigers and LSU. He de-committed from Nebraska on Dec. 2, the same day Scott Frost was hired as coach. The 4-star athlete is expected to play cornerback at the next level. Jean-Baptiste was originally supposed to announce his decision
UPDATE (8:25 a.m. ET): Cam’ron Jones pledged to the Huskers on Jan. 27 and now he’s official. The 4-star safety confirmed to Land of 10 he faxed in his letter of intent. The hope is that Jones will be flying around the back end of a revamped Nebraska defense, making plays on the ball, while coming up to the line of scrimmage to stuff the run. Expect Jones to develop into a leader for the class. Mark him as a candidate to be active on special teams as a returner.
UPDATE (7:38 a.m. ET): Nebraska has received a letter of intent from Casey Rogers, who is a 3-star defensive end from Cortland, N.Y. and just finished a year of prep school in Connecticut. He is now officially a member of the 2018 class. Rogers had been solid to Nebraska since his Jan. 16 commitment, following his official visit to Lincoln. Rogers’ frame and athleticism gives him the potential to be an impact player on the defensive line.
UPDATE (7:25 a.m. ET): We can confirm that the first fax of the day is in. Miles Jones, a 3-star athlete you can expect to see at both running back and receiver, tells Land of 10 he’s signed his letter of intent. That will be sent to the Huskers and made official shortly. One of the most underrated recruits in the class, Jones has serious playmaking ability. Nebraska flipped him following a strong official visit from Vanderbilt.
Projected Nebraska signees on National Signing Day
QB Adrian Martinez, 4 stars, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)
TE Cameron Jurgens, 4 stars, Beatrice (Neb.)
DE Tate Wildeman, 4 stars, Legend (Parker, Colo.)
S Cam’ron Jones, 4 stars, Mansfield (Texas) *
S C.J. Smith, 3 stars, Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.) *
LB Will Honas, 3 stars, Butler Community College (El Dorado, Kan.)
DE David Alston, 3 stars, Woodbury (St. Paul, Minn.)
WR Dominick Watt, 3 stars, Hollywood (Miramar, Fla.) *
RB/WR Miles Jones, 3 stars, American Heritage (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
RB Greg Bell, 3 stars, Arizona Western CC (Chula Vista, Calif.)
CB Braxton Clark, 3 stars, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) *
WR Jaron Woodyard, 3 stars, Arizona Western CC (Bethesda, Md.)
S Deontai Williams, 3 stars, Jones County JC (Jacksonville, Fla.)
C Will Farniok, 3 stars, Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
WR Justin McGriff, 3 stars, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.)
TE Katerian Legrone, 3 stars, Best Academy (Atlanta)
WR Mike Williams, (not rated), East Mississippi CC (Lake City, Fla.)
DE Casey Rogers, 3 stars, Avon Old Farms Prep School (Cortland, N.Y.) *
K Barret Pickering, 3 stars, Hoover (Ala.)
* Expected to sign letter of intent to Nebraska on Wednesday. All other players listed signed with Nebraska during the early signing period.
Commitment times for Nebraska targets on National Signing Day (all times Central)
- 4-star outside linebacker Jean-Baptiste: 7:30 a.m. (SIGNED WITH OHIO STATE)
- 4-star outside linebacker Caleb Tannor: 7:45 a.m. (SIGNED WITH NEBRASKA)
- 4-star cornerback Ken Montgomery: 8:40 a.m. (SIGNED WITH MARYLAND)
- 3-star athlete Cam Taylor: 9 a.m. (SIGNED WITH NEBRASKA)
- 3-star offensive lineman Willie Canty: 9:30 a.m. (SIGNED WITH NEBRASKA)
- 3-star defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia: 10 a.m. (SIGNED WITH UCLA)
- 4-star cornerback Taiyon Palmer: 1:30 p.m. (SIGNED WITH N.C. STATE)
- 4-star running back Maurice Washington: 1:45 p.m. (ESPN2) (SIGNED WITH NEBRASKA)
- 3-star offensive lineman Jarrett Bell: 3 p.m. (Fox Sports West) (SIGNED WITH ARIZONA STATE)
- 3-star wide receiver Andre Hunt: 3 p.m. (Fox Sports West) (SIGNED WITH NEBRASKA)