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Jarrett Patterson pops up on Nebraska’s radar
Although he has been committed to Arizona State since Aug. 5, Nebraska extended an offer to 3-star offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson last week. For the 2018 prospect from Mission Viejo, Calif., the offer caught him somewhat off guard, but he wasn’t complaining.
“It is definitely a little surprising, especially since I have been committed,” Patterson said. “I suppose it is from having a huge senior year and these schools who were close to offering see how much I have improved since last year.”
It’s been a big senior season for Patterson and his Mission Viejo High School team. They enter this weekend 8-0, and after one victory Patterson was named the team’s Offensive Player of the Week. Patterson is still committed to the Sun Devils, but he “can’t say yet” if Nebraska’s offer could possibly flip him.
“[It] depends on how well Arizona State does this year,” Patterson said. “I know Nebraska has a diehard fan base and they have produced a lot of NFL offensive linemen.”
Patterson’s comments regarding “how well” Arizona State plays came before the Sun Devils knocked off No. 5 Washington at home last Saturday. If Arizona State can string together a few more wins (they’re 3-3), my best guess would be that Patterson stays with his original commitment.
That’s not to say Nebraska isn’t trying hard to land Patterson. No visit had been scheduled when I last interacted with Patterson, but the coaching staff was being active with him.
“I have been in contact with [offensive line] Coach [Mike] Cavanaugh and [associate director of player personnel Todd] McShane, while speaking to Coach [Mike] Riley last night on the phone,” Patterson said.
What was his impression of that conversation?
“Coach Riley seems very intelligent but also very caring for his players at the same time,” Patterson said. “I think he enjoys getting to know the players and how they are.”
2018 offensive line recruiting outlook
As a whole, Nebraska does not have a large recruiting class for 2018. In fact, its 11 commits represent the smallest number in the Big Ten, despite ranking sixth in the conference and 32nd in the nation, according to 247Sports.
That would mean no position is particularly deep in this recruiting class. The most at any position is two (cornerback, wide receiver, defensive end). Will Farniok, a 3-star prospect from Sioux Falls, S.D., is Nebraska’s lone offensive line commit for 2018.
Throughout this cycle, the Cornhuskers offered 17 offensive tackles, two guards and two centers (one of them being Farniok). Only eight of the 17 tackles currently are uncommitted. Both guards and the other center they offered have also committed.
Nebraska’s options at offensive line seem limited in this cycle, especially if they can’t flip Patterson. However, Nebraska is only graduating two offensive linemen (David Knevel, Matt Watts). If no one on the current starting offensive line declares for the draft, Nebraska will have the opportunity to return the entire unit for a second straight season.
Thus, it may be a case of Nebraska’s staff recruiting more heavily at other positions.
2 California 2019 prospects receive offers
The Nebraska coaching staff is taking advantage of the bye week to take a look toward the 2019 recruiting class. Three-star cornerback Kamren Fabiculanan announced Thursday on Twitter that the Cornhuskers have extended an offer.
— K²4 (@Kamren_24) October 19, 2017
Vanderbilt became the first Power 5 team to offer Fabiculanan on Oct. 5, and Nebraska followed suit two weeks later. It was a busy day for him, as Oregon State offered a few hours after Nebraska.
Fabiculanan attends Westlake High School (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and is the 60th-ranked cornerback in the 2019 cycle. As a sophomore last season, he led Ventura County with 8 interceptions. Nebraska is surely excited about the 6-1 prospect’s height at cornerback.
Additionally, Nebraska stayed busy in California by offering athlete Jayvaun Wilson (Valencia) on Thursday. Wilson is 6-2, 210 pounds and has scored 11 touchdowns in six games this season, averaging 9.1 yards per carry (he has only carried the ball 33 times). He has 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery on the defensive side of the ball.
Wilson’s first major offer came two weeks ago from Washington.
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