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Nebraska makes cut for wide receiver target
Bryce Childress knows what Nebraska is all about.
The 3-star prospect, who plays wide receiver and cornerback, attended the Friday Night Lights Camp last summer under the previous coaching staff. Now that Scott Frost and his staff are in Lincoln, the St. Louis native’s recruitment is all the more intense.
Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher, who played five seasons in St. Louis with the Rams during his professional playing days, is in charge of recruiting the city for Nebraska. He has taken the lead in reaching out to Childress.
“They hit me up often,” Childress told Land of 10. “They keep in touch.”
Plenty of other schools keep in touch with Childress. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound recruit has eight offers.
“The schools that hit me up the most are Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas and Toledo,” he said.
His interest in Nebraska remains high, which can be attributed to the coaching staff’s success at UCF and the excitement now surrounding the Huskers program.
“My interest in Nebraska is high,” Childress said. “I know the new staff is up to something crazy. I’ve been keeping an eye on Nebraska since the new staff has been there.”
The 247Sports composite ranks Childress as a cornerback (No. 118 at the position), but he said the staff is recruiting him to Nebraska as a wide receiver. The Trinity Catholic star would love to return to Nebraska in the near future.
“I’m thinking about setting up an official soon,” Childress said. “I’ve been up to Nebraska before.”
That future official visit likely will not take place until the fall. But he can take an unofficial visit, which he’s considering doing next month.
“I’m discussing [visiting Nebraska for the] spring game currently,” he said.
The Huskers spring game is scheduled for April 21.
Childress said he has no other visits planned, nor does he have a commitment timeline. Nebraska will have time to continue building a relationship with him.
St. Louis will be an important city for Nebraska in this class. The metro is ripe with high-level talent, with Childress just one of several targets the Huskers will pursue in the area.
There will be competition for Childress, namely from Illinois. Former Trinity Catholic coach Cory Patterson accepted the tight ends coaching spot on Lovie Smith’s staff in January when the NCAA allowed coaches to add a 10th member to their on-field staffs.
Huskers offer Midwest guard, West Coast tight end
Nebraska extended two recent offers, including one of the top guards in the country and a tall tight end from California.
Zeke Correll, a 4-star guard, picked up a Nebraska offer Tuesday. The offensive lineman is the 10th-ranked guard in the 2019 class and the No. 205 overall prospect. He is 6-4 and 270 pounds. The Cincinnati native has 25 offers.
The Big Ten has a strong presence in Correll’s recruitment. Correll took an unofficial visit to Michigan State in January, followed by an unofficial trip to Ohio State the weekend of Feb. 9. Earlier this month he attended a junior day at Notre Dame, and the Irish picked up important momentum in the sweepstakes for Correll. He’s also shown interest in Penn State. Clemson and Kentucky are other contenders.
The Buckeyes are the heavy favorites in Correll’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, holding 92 percent of the predictions. All signs point to Ohio State keeping the fifth-ranked prospect in Ohio close to home.
Michael Martinez, a 6-6 prospect from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., earned a Nebraska offer Wednesday. He’s the 26th-ranked tight end in the class and the No. 717 overall prospect. Martinez designated UCLA as his favorite on Tuesday, with Oregon and Oregon State in the mix.
Martinez holds six offers, with the Huskers being the first team not located on the West Coast to offer.
In Nebraska’s offense, Martinez likely would be used as a tight end-wide receiver hybrid, similar to how the Huskers hope to use Justin McGriff, a 6-6 prospect in the 2018 class.
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