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Nebraska coaching staff hits recruiting road on bye week
The bye week provides a multitude of opportunities for college football teams. Players have an opportunity to recharge their batteries. The team has an extra week to prepare for the next opponent. In terms of recruiting, the bye week offers coaching staffs a chance to hit the road, catch up with commits and put the finishing touches on their pitches for Nebraska football with the remaining undecideds for the 2018 class.
It also looks like members of the Cornhuskers staff are on the road with intentions for the 2019 class, extending offers to high school juniors.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Nebraska coach Mike Riley offered a glimpse of how he and his assistants will tackle recruiting during the bye week. Here’s what he had to say:
“We’re gonna have some coaches leaving as soon as [Wednesday night],” Riley said. “Some will stay. We’re going to have a practice that will be run by probably half of our full-time coaches [Thursday] and it will be good. We thought we’d benefit from having one more day in high schools. I got kind of lobbied on that and it was a good idea, I think.”
Thanks to social media, we know which members of the staff went on recruiting trips, and more importantly, where. From there, we can deduce who they are likely visiting. Riley said Wednesday he would take an in-state recruiting trip. By Friday afternoon, he revealed where he was going.
— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) October 20, 2017
According to the above tweet, Riley visited a recruit in Omaha on Friday morning, then will head to Kansas. Assuming he makes it there Friday night, it’s possible he is going to Wichita to watch 2019 prospect Marcus Hicks, who took an unofficial visit to Nebraska last week. Hicks is a 3-star defensive end whom the Cornhuskers envision as a linebacker. If Riley intends to see Hicks it will have to be Friday night, because Hicks is taking an unofficial visit to Oklahoma on Saturday.
After his Kansas swing, Riley is headed to the northern California. It’s not clear who he could be seeing there. My best guess would be that he will check in with 2018 prospect Isaah Crocker. Fifty-seven percent of the predictions on 247Sports’ Crystal Ball have the 4-star wide receiver from Sacramento, Calif., committing to Nebraska.
One of the busiest coaches on the recruiting trail for Nebraska — bye week or not — is cornerbacks coach Donte Williams. Riley said he was the coach who suggested that some coaches leave a day early to have an extra day recruiting at high schools. That way, instead of limiting themselves to recruiting on Friday, when they could get to one prospect during the day and one for a game at night, they also could visit schools on Thursday.
“You’re really limited to only one day,” Riley said. “I think [Donte] has a good point.”
Williams used the extra day to his advantage, offering a pair of 2019 prospects from southern California: athlete Jayvaun Wilson and cornerback Kamren Fabiculanan.
Who's next⁉️@coachD_GBR is hitting the road this weekend.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) October 19, 2017
After his West Coast swing, Williams will head to Georgia, making stops in Atlanta and Thomson, where he surely will meet with 4-star cornerback Chrisitian Tutt, a key target for the Huskers in the 2018 class. According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, 90 percent of experts predict Tutt will sign with Nebraska. Also making a stop in Atlanta is running backs coach Reggie Davis. He also will travel to Memphis, Tenn., and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
In Memphis, it’s likely he will seek out Eric Gray, a 4-star all-purpose back in the 2019 class. From there, it’s conceivable he will get some face time with Max Duggan in Council Bluffs. Duggan is a high-priority quarterback recruit in the 2019 class who is being heavily recruited by several Big Ten teams.
Of all the assistants, linebackers coach Trent Bray has the most important assignment this week. After potentially seeing Nebraska’s most recent commit, 3-star defensive end David Alston, in Minneapolis, Bray will head to Harrisburg, Pa.
.@Coach_Bray is dropping some 📍 on the bye weekend.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) October 20, 2017
Who is Bray chasing in Harrisburg? Well, that would be one of the most-prized recruits remaining in the 2018 class: defensive end Micah Parsons. The Cornhuskers are in contention for the 5-star prospect and fifth-ranked recruit in the nation, according to 247Sports. Penn State, where Parsons originally committed, and Ohio State are also in the running for Parsons, who took an official visit to Nebraska on Oct. 7.
The coordinators will stay somewhat local this weekend. Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will be in Omaha and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf will be in Beatrice.
Joshua Moore taking official visit to Alabama this weekend
One of Nebraska’s most important verbal commits in the 2018 cycle, 4-star wide receiver Joshua Moore (Yoakum, Texas), will use his second official visit to check out Alabama this weekend, he announced on Twitter this week.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this weekend for official visit #2….#RTR🐘
— KING (@_TheJoshuaMoore) October 17, 2017
Even though an athlete may be committed to a school, it’s not alarming to learn he is taking an official visit to another. But in Moore’s case, Nebraska fans should be a little uneasy. I speculated last week about what his close friend and former Nebraska target Houston Griffith choosing Florida State could mean for Moore. Since then, Griffith has promised on Twitter that he would flip his former IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) teammate to join him at Florida State. It’s been reported that Moore will take an official visit to Florida State later in the season.
— Houston Griffith (@___HG3) October 11, 2017
Receivers coach Keith Williams likely will see Moore on Friday in Texas and attempt to shore up Moore’s standing with Nebraska. Moore hasn’t de-committed, but it’s becoming clear he is keeping his options open. After his official visit to Nebraska for the Wisconsin game, here’s what he wrote in his first-person account to Hail Varsity.
“There have been a lot of people talking on social media about me flipping my commitment to Florida State or Alabama. That goes back to me making the right decision for me and my future. As I said before, I only get this opportunity once and I will take complete advantage of it.”
Sound cryptic enough? I’ll finish with this, which could be about anything, or maybe exactly what we think it might be.
Do I follow my heart, or do I follow my mind?..
— KING (@_TheJoshuaMoore) October 20, 2017
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