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Nebraska recruiting Oklahoma RB who will be at junior day
Thomas Grayson had plans to be at Nebraska’s first junior day last weekend. When those plans fell through, he did not fret. The Tulsa, Okla., native will be at junior day this weekend and will be arriving with an offer in hand.
Running backs coach Ryan Held has been the point man for Grayson’s recruitment. He offered Grayson at running back and has been in the process of building a relationship with him. Grayson’s offer came one day after he received his first SEC offer.
“It was right after Tennessee had offered me, a day prior,” Grayson said. “And they were like, ‘Hey, we’re going to throw our ticket in the bucket and let you know we really want you here.’ ”
Grayson is not ranked in the 247Sports composite. However, the site gives him a 3-star rating and ranks him as the No. 64 running back in the 2019 class.
The Huskers have long been of interest to Grayson, who has admired the tradition in Lincoln.
“I’m very interested in Nebraska,” he said. “Nebraska’s always been big-time football. I feel like Coach [Scott] Frost and all of his coaches can really bring that [winning culture] back.”
Grayson has taken unofficial visits to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. He plans to check out Tennessee sometime this month. He said he can feel the vibe of the locker rooms during visits. It’s important to him, and he has a clear image of what he wants to see come Saturday.
“I’m hoping to see a brotherhood, a sense of unity going around,” Grayson said.
The in-state programs, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, have yet to offer Grayson. The Cowboys maintain an interest, he said. He does have an offer from his hometown school, Tulsa.
“Really, I’m just going with the flow,” Grayson said. “I’m not going to stress over anything.”
The conversations with Held have revolved around football, track and life in general in an effort for both parties to familiarize themselves with one another.
“He said that, more than anything, he wants to get to know me as a person,” Grayson said. “He said he likes me as a person. And I like Coach Held as a person, also. I feel like it’s a pretty good relationship.”
Grayson runs the 100-meter dash and some sprint relays. His personal record in the 100 is 10.74 seconds. Grayson is 6-foot and 190 pounds, giving him a steady combination of size and speed. At Booker T. Washington High School last season, Grayson carried the ball 174 times for 1,332 yards in 13 games, according to MaxPreps.com, scoring 17 touchdowns.
“It could be tomorrow, it could be next year,” Grayson said about making a decision. “So I really don’t know. I’m just going to take whatever feels right.”
Nebraska’s first chance to make Grayson feel “right” is just around the corner.
Huskers offer pair of Georgia teammates
Nebraska has focused on some of the top programs in Georgia, a philosophy that has carried over to North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga. Two prospects — defensive backs Warren Burrell and Quinton Newsome — picked up Nebraska offers last week.
Burrell is a 6-0, 175-pound cornerback (No. 36 at the position). He holds 24 reported offers. The early favorite for Burrell is Georgia. Burrell picked up five offers in one day (Jan. 16). A couple of weeks later, he attended a junior day at Alabama. He recently took an unofficial visit to Tennessee.
Newsome is a 6-2 safety, the type of long, rangy defender the Huskers like to recruit on the back end. The 72nd-ranked safety in the class, Newsome has 19 offers, with Alabama, Georgia and Auburn all offering in the last couple of months. Nebraska and Minnesota are the only Big Ten teams to offer.
Josh Sanguinetti nets Nebraska offer, plans visit ‘soon’
Speaking of defensive backs, one of the best safeties in the country picked up a Nebraska offer last week. Josh Sanguinetti is a 6-2 athlete who projects as a safety. He’s a top-50 overall recruit and the No. 5 athlete in the class, earning a 4-star ranking. The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School native took three unofficial visits to Miami last season and again in February, when he also visited Stanford.
Outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt recruits that part of Florida for the Huskers. Whatever he’s telling Sanguinetti appears to be working. He tweeted last week that he plans to visit Nebraska “soon.”
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