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Bryan Addison to commit Sunday
Two months after including Nebraska in his top five, 4-star athlete Bryan Addison will announce his commitment on Sunday.
— Bryan ❗️ (@b_richesss) December 6, 2017
Along with the Huskers, Addison is considering Washington, Arizona State, UCLA and Michigan. Addison will take his official visit with the Bruins on Saturday — the day before he’s set to announce his decision. That will mean he will have visited all five of his final schools. Addison visited Nebraska the weekend of the Northern Illinois game in September.
The Huskers may find themselves on the outside here because it was Addison’s relationship with his primary recruiter, former cornerbacks coach Donte Williams, that was the catalyst for his interest in Nebraska. With Williams gone, it will likely be an uphill battle to land him.
But that does not mean the Huskers wouldn’t love to have him. Addison’s height, 6-foot-5, makes him an intriguing option on the back end of defenses. (Addison is expected to play on defense in college). The Under Armour All-American is the No. 1 athlete in the country and the 79th-ranked overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.
At Junipero Serra High School, the Gardena, Calif., native caught 46 passes for 582 yards and 9 touchdowns this season, per MaxPreps.com. Defensively, he recorded 5 interceptions, 3 pass breakups and 44 tackles (23 solo).
Per his 247Sports Crystal Ball, 69 percent of experts predict Addison will end up at UCLA.
Micah Parsons eliminates Huskers from top 5
Nebraska was always a long shot to land 5-star defensive end Micah Parsons, and the firing of Mike Riley and his staff essentially eliminated the Huskers from the Parsons sweepstakes. He did reveal that the new coaching staff stopped by for an in-home visit, although it’s unclear which coaches were present.
“The new Nebraska coaching staff came by to see me,” Parsons told Adam Friedman of Rivals.com. “Once I had heard the old coaches had been let go, I was no longer interested in Nebraska. They’re still one of my top schools, but it’s too late to be able to build relationships with a new staff. There just isn’t enough time.”
Parsons posted this message to Riley on Twitter after he was let go.
dear coach, thank you for the opportunity you have given me. I don't know what your road will have for you, but keep your faith in god and follow gods plan. While you were there you have given me happiness and Love and a opportunity to come tooNebraska,I will forever be thankful pic.twitter.com/vr5PHfqoxq
— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_parsons23) November 25, 2017
Parsons took an official visit with the Huskers the weekend of the Wisconsin game in October. Penn State is the favorite to land the Harrisburg, Pa., native, who will announce his commitment on Dec. 20, the first day of the early signing period.
Parsons is the No. 1 defensive end and No. 4 prospect overall in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite.
Cameron Brown speaks with Scott Frost
Within hours of taking over at Nebraska, Scott Frost called 4-star wide receiver and Huskers commit Cameron Brown.
“I talked to him the day he got the job,” Brown told Allen Trieu of 247Sports. “It went well. I talked to them and everything, and they plan to go down here and talk to me more, and talk to my family.”
Most of Brown’s Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports have the No. 59 wide receiver in the nation, per the 247Sports composite, heading to Ohio State. He said he likes the Buckeyes’ offensive style, but also made a point that only he truly knows what he’s thinking.
“I like how they play,” Brown told Trieu. “They’re just that big program, but I like all the schools that offer me and take a chance on me, not just one school.
“People saying I’m leaning one way don’t know what’s going on in my mind. I’m just sitting back and relaxing and studying schools that have offered.”
In June, Brown temporarily de-committed from the Huskers after attending an Ohio State camp. He re-committed to Nebraska in August, but it’s clear the Buckeyes have always been an attractive option for him.
Brown, from St. Louis, also told Trieu the plan for now is to sign early, but he’s open to waiting until February if he feels he needs to.
“If I sign early, great,” he said. “But if I don’t, that’s fine.”
Nebraska visits Daniel Carson
The new Nebraska staff has done an excellent job in transitioning from their UCF jobs and hitting the ground running on the recruiting trail. No one has been at it harder, or traveled more, than new running backs coach Ryan Held. After spending time in California and at Arizona Western Community College on Tuesday, he visited with Huskers target Daniel Carson on Wednesday.
— Daniel Carson ® (@sports__finest) December 6, 2017
The defensive end from Independence, Mo., was a target of the former coaching staff, and the current staff seems highly interested as well. Carson is a 3-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 22 strong-side defensive end in the country, per the 247Sports composite.
David Alston and Tate Wildeman are two weak-side defensive end commits in the 2018 class, but the Huskers are still the favorite to land Carson. According to his 247Sports Crystal Ball, 60 percent of the predictions have Carson heading to Nebraska.
Carson has taken only one official visit, to Texas, and has one scheduled for this weekend at Miami. He attended Nebraska’s spring game in April. Oklahoma and Ohio State are among other schools still in the running for Carson.
Offers for future classes trickle out
The current staff has rolled out plenty of offers to 2018 recruits. That was expected, since they have plenty of ground to make up in this cycle. But between Tuesday and Wednesday, Nebraska also began offering prospects in the 2019 and 2020 classes.
This can mean a couple of things. For one, the offers were primarily in Florida — no surprise because of the staff’s familiarity with the state. It may also mean the staff has identified the prospects it wants in the 2018 class, at least in anticipation of the early signing period, and will transition efforts to the 2019 class once they begin securing 2018 commitments.
The entire offers spree has been impressive. Looking toward the future is smart and another aspect of how the staff has come in with a plan and executed it at a high level.
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