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Huskers host several key targets over three days
One of the biggest surprises to come out of Nebraska’s junior day over the weekend was Luke McCaffrey‘s attendance. There had been zero rumblings that the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey and brother of the Carolina Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey would make his way to Lincoln, but he was one of the recruits on campus Saturday.
McCaffrey, who is the No. 42 athlete in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, picked up his Nebraska offer on March 26. The Littleton, Colo., native is being recruited as a dual-threat quarterback, with quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco taking the lead.
Nebraska may not be in a rush to fill its quarterback spot in the 2019 class, but things are developing nicely with McCaffrey, it seems.
Saturday may have been the marquee day of the weekend, but the run-up to it was just as important. On Thursday, the Huskers hosted Omaha (Neb.) Burke tight end Chris Hickman for an unofficial visit. The 4-star tight end is the top-ranked prospect in Nebraska. It was the first time Hickman had visited under the new coaching staff. He is a priority for this staff, along with his teammate, Nick Henrich, the state’s second-ranked recruit who has plans to visit Nebraska this week.
Joining Hickman on an unofficial visit Thursday was 3-star tight end Brayden Liebrock. The 6-foot-5 recruit came from Chandler, Ariz., for the visit. He is the No. 13 tight end in the class.
Had an awesome visit at the University of Nebraska!! Thank you to Coach Frost and the rest of the coaching staff.🔴🔴 pic.twitter.com/zdaLRiSaTN
— Brayden Liebrock (@LiebrockBrayden) April 6, 2018
Four-star tackle John Olmstead stopped by Nebraska for an unofficial visit on Friday. The Metuchen, N.J., native and his mother were impressed by what Nebraska had to offer.
“Him and his mom loved it,” Rich Hillard, Olmstead’s high school coach, told Land of 10.
Michael Henderson Jr. talks Nebraska offer
Michael Henderson Jr. was sitting in class last week when a teacher offered him a momentary reprieve. What he didn’t know at the time, though, was that Verduzco was on the other end of the phone call that excused him from class.
“My coach called me down to his office and he said [Verduzco] wanted to talk to me on the phone,” Henderson told Land of 10.
During his conversation with Verduzco, Henderson learned he had an offer to play quarterback at Nebraska.
“I was kind of in shock,” Henderson said. “Nebraska’s a good school. So that’s how it played out.”
Members of the Huskers staff followed the Class of 2020 dual-threat quarterback on Twitter leading up to the offer.
“I knew they were noticing me,” he recalled. “And then a couple of days later, that’s when I got the offer.”
Nebraska became the fourth school to offer Henderson until this weekend, when Texas A&M extended an offer while he attended the Aggies junior day. His remaining offers are Florida, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
Presently, Henderson said the Sooners are recruiting him hardest. He added that his visit with the Aggies over the weekend may have been cold, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying it.
“That visit was great,” he said. “I loved it.”
Henderson said he plans on staying in touch with Verduzco, who wants to set up a summer visit for the native of Carrollton, Texas. He would have visited this spring, but traveling to Lincoln during the school year — and with the Huskers’ primary recruiting weekends in full swing by the time the offer came in — was too difficult.
His feel for campus is important, Henderson said. He also wants to make sure the school’s academics fit his needs since he’s aware his football career won’t last forever.
Henderson hasn’t had much time to research Frost’s offense, but said that he can run the ball and throw it, making him a viable option in the dual-threat scheme.
Asked what Nebraska had to do to keep itself in the picture, Henderson gave a straightforward answer.
“Just keep building relationships with the coaching staff,” he said. “They say not to fall in love with the coaching staff, but I want to have a good relationship with the coaches I’m going to be playing under and have a good relationship with my teammates.”
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