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Reason for concern with Maurice Washington, Willie Canty?
One day after Nebraska received good news on the academics side of recruiting, with Jaron Woodyard posting solid grades in his final semester of junior college, the Huskers weren’t so lucky with two other members of the 2018 recruiting class.
According to Sean Callahan of HuskerOnline.com, running back Maurice Washington and tackle Willie Canty will not be joining their classmates moving to Lincoln next week because of academic eligibility concerns.
From Callahan’s report, it seems that Canty could be eligible to begin working with the team before training camp rolls around. If the Belle Glade, Fla., native can get to Lincoln by the time camp opens, he shouldn’t be too far behind the other freshmen. Canty was a likely redshirt candidate, regardless, and this news all but solidifies it.
Washington’s situation appears to be more pressing and carries a greater impact. The California native spent his senior season at Trinity Christian High School in Texas to straighten out his academics and made significant strides, but he isn’t all the way there. He returned to California for this semester, and he also appears destined for a redshirt. Washington, like all of the incoming freshmen, could have made a move for playing time this season.
This opens the door for Miles Jones, a 3-star running back-receiver hybrid, to pursue more playing time in his first season at Nebraska. Jones always has been a candidate to make an immediate impact, but with no competition in his class, the path becomes clearer for him.
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Nebraska offers 2020 quarterback
In its latest string of offers, Nebraska has been casting a wide net in not only the 2019 class but the 2020 class. On Wednesday, the Huskers extended their sixth quarterback offer, to Caden Rose.
Rose attends Bob Jones High in Alabama and is teammates with Nebraska target Jaydon Hill, a 4-star cornerback. The staff dropped by the school last week to evaluate some prospects, which led to Rose’s offer.
Despite interest from Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State, this is Rose’s first Division I offer for football. Alabama and Auburn have offered baseball scholarships, and it’s unclear which sport Rose will choose in college Perhaps he’ll play both.
Rose is 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, but Nebraska’s staff likely is banking on him growing a little and filling out. The other five quarterbacks the Huskers have offered in the 2020 class are all dual-threat prospects like Rose: Bryce Young, Jalen Suggs, Jacarrion Green, Brendon Lewis and Michael Henderson Jr.
Michael Johnson Jr. makes Elite 11
One of Nebraska’s top quarterback targets in the 2019 class earned a significant honor Tuesday. Michael Johnson Jr., a 4-star recruit, earned his invitation to the Elite 11 Finals, which features the top quarterback prospects from across the country June 1-3 in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Nebraska and Johnson have been trending toward each other in recent weeks. He will be on campus for an unofficial visit in the coming weeks and is expected to make his decision by the end of next month.
Huskers stay active in Arizona
Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., is becoming a popular stomping ground for the Huskers. Nebraska has one offer out in the 2019 class, to Saguaro cornerback Brandon Shivers, a 3-star prospect. On Tuesday, the Huskers extended offers to 2020 defensive backs Jacobe Covington and Kelee Ringo.
Ringo is rated a 5-star prospect by 247Sports. The 6-2, 190-pound cornerback owns 26 offers, with Washington in front early for his services. There’s a chance Ringo will be a top-10 overall prospect and the No. 1 corner in his class. The offer to Covington was his third, joining Tennessee and Oregon. Covington also is 6-2, but he is listed as a safety.
Both prospects, given their length, would be natural fits in the Huskers secondary.
That wasn’t the only action for Nebraska in Arizona on Tuesday. The Huskers offered an intriguing 2020 prospect in Jason Harris, who could play football or basketball in college. That’s not surprising for someone who stands 6-8. If he does go the football route, he’ll likely play defensive end. Arizona is the early favorite for the recruit, who holds 13 offers.
Roundup of other offers
Nebraska offered a pair of prospects Tuesday, both of whom have Logan in their names. Let’s take a closer look:
Athlete Kenny Logan, 3 stars, St. Augustine (Fla.) Pedro Menendez (2019 prospect)
Logan stands 6-1 and has 24 offers, with Miami separating itself from the pack. Alabama, Minnesota, Purdue and Central Florida all have offered.
Wide receiver Logan Loya, 4 stars, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) (2020 prospect)
Loya projects as a formidable prospect and owned four offers — from Vanderbilt, San Jose State, Colorado and Arizona State — before Nebraska came calling. He attends the same school as Nebraska wide receiver target Kyle Ford.
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