With 41 offers, everyone is lining up to take their best shot at Spencer Lytle.
Nebraska will have its opportunity to hit a home run with the 3-star outside linebacker this weekend when he takes an unofficial visit to attend the Huskers spring game. Lytle’s trip to Lincoln comes on the heels of several unofficial visits, so he certainly will know what he’s looking for in a school.
In late March, Lytle visited Texas and Texas A&M. Earlier this month, he checked out Wisconsin, Illinois, Clemson and Notre Dame. He’s already planned a return visit to Wisconsin — an official visit the weekend of June 15-17.
The 29th-ranked outside linebacker in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, told Land of 10 last month that he would be accompanied by 4-star wide receiver Kyle Ford, who is the 12th-ranked receiver and No. 64 overall prospect in the class. It’s unknown whether Ford will still make the trip with Lytle.
Nebraska offered Lytle, the No. 455 prospect in the class, in February. In the aftermath of the offer, Lytle expressed excitement about Nebraska. But the coaching staff’s success at UCF also is of value to him.
“It was definitely an influence,” Lytle said. “They’ve proven they can turn a program around in a short period of time. I lived in Orlando for five years so was already familiar with UCF and followed the program.”
The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco standout said he knew quite a bit about the Huskers before offensive coordinator Troy Walters (the California recruiter for Nebraska) made contact with him. He had an interest in Nebraska prior to the offer, based on the program’s strong history and the new staff.
The spring game sellout impressed Lytle. It also raised expectations for the weekend. Fans have responded positively to his interest and he will be looking to see that same passion on Saturday.
Nebraska will be in the market for pass rushers in the 2019 recruiting class. In Lytle, the Huskers have an intriguing option. Obviously, the competition will be steep for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound prospect. He’s a versatile piece on defense who could make plays against the running and the passing games in addition to pressuring the quarterback.
Lytle hopes to make a decision sometime this summer, which is why he is taking plenty of visits now and beginning to set up official trips. With a strong showing this weekend, the Huskers have a chance to put themselves in the conversation as Lytle whittles down his list.