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Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class adds another key piece
Shortly after The Harvest was published Monday night, 3-star running back Thomas Grayson committed to Nebraska. I’ve already written about what it means for the Huskers, and we caught up with Grayson to dish on the details of his commitment.
The Huskers’ 2019 class stands at four members now. Garrett Snodgrass, a 3-star athlete from York (Neb.), reached out to Grayson Monday night to offer congratulations. Those two and the other two members of the class — Ethan Piper and Garrett Nelson — will have the chance to meet at Nebraska’s spring game on April 21.
Many recruits from all over the country will diverge on Lincoln that weekend, putting Grayson and the three Nebraska natives in peer-recruiting situations. Soon enough, the foursome will have other recruits they can call their future teammates. But this is a solid start.
Grayson definitely is a prospect who could have a big senior season and watch his stock skyrocket. With the potential for more offers to roll in, Grayson said he is “110 percent” committed and intends to shut down his recruitment.
“I’m proud to be a part of the Husker family now,” he said.
Owen Pappoe likely will not visit Nebraska before commitment
In his latest blog post for USA Today High School Sports, the nation’s top outside linebacker detailed his visit plans leading up to his anticipated announcement May 5.
“Depending on if we can get it on TV or not it’ll be May 4 or May 5,” Pappoe wrote. “I don’t know where I’m going just yet, but I’ll know by then.”
The No. 7 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, wants to wrap up his recruitment before summer.
“It’s my senior year so I want to be able to focus on that and not have to worry about recruiting,” he wrote.
Pappoe said he will not be releasing a final list of schools. The Huskers were included in that group last fall when he released a top three of Nebraska, Clemson and Georgia. Since then, plenty of other schools have become involved, including Auburn, Florida, Texas and LSU. Pappoe visited LSU last weekend and will head to Florida this week, with plans to see Georgia and Auburn again.
“Some people, obviously, know some of the schools that it’s down to, but I’m not saying,” he wrote. “I know there are a lot of rumors out there about where I’m going and wherever you think I’m going that’s what it is.”
Those latest rumors indicate Pappoe will commit to Auburn, as he has been trending toward the school on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
I texted Pappoe to ask whether he would be visiting Nebraska before his decision, but haven’t heard back. He likely would have mentioned in his post if were visiting with the Huskers, so that’s not a good sign. There’s obviously a chance he elects to take an official visit to Lincoln in the fall, but that would be under the pretense of a commitment to another program.
The 5-star recruit caused uproar on April 1 when he tweeted that he had committed, but it turned out to be an April Fool’s joke. I’m not so sure it was worth it, since I can imagine he had to calm down several coaching staffs across the country.
Pappoe will be at The Opening Regionals in Charlotte, N.C., this weekend. Perhaps more information about his recruitment will emerge then.
Huskers offer another 2020 quarterback
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco stayed busy in the class, offering Brendon Lewis. The Melissa, Texas, native is 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. He holds one other offer, from SMU, which came when current Arkansas coach Chad Morris was still in charge of the Mustangs. Lewis visited Texas A&M for its junior day last month.
Even before Nebraska has its quarterback for the 2019 class, preparations have been made for 2020. It’s clear Verduzco has an eye on the future for who will be behind center for the Huskers.
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