One of the more intriguing crop of recruits attending Nebraska’s junior day last weekend were the three players from Cardinal Ritter (St. Louis) College Prep. Class of 2019 cornerback Keith Jones and 2020 defensive linemen Anthony Baker and Joe Moore all made the trip to Lincoln.
For Moore and Baker, it was a visit that tantalized their imaginations of perhaps playing for the Huskers one day. But first, they will need to show the coaching staff they’re deserving of receiving offers from Nebraska. The coaching staff plans on evaluating the high school sophomores when the open period begins this weekend and lasts through May.
Moore and Baker said the coaches will be stopping by Cardinal Ritter in the coming weeks, perhaps more than once. Of course, the marquee recruits at the school are 4-star wide receivers Jameson Williams and Cameron Coleman. Both are considering the Huskers as their respective recruitments heat up.
But on Saturday, the staff’s focus was on these three Cardinal Ritter players. Baker said he felt welcomed in Lincoln.
“Nebraska was great,” he told Land of 10. “I love the hospitality and how they bring you in it. It felt good putting on that white and red. So, Nebraska treated me well.”
Moore agreed with his teammate. Meeting the players, going on the field and learning about the educational opportunities were highlights of the day for Moore.
Coach Scott Frost, offensive coordinator Troy Walters, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher, director of high school relations Kenny Wilhite, tight ends coach Sean Beckton, defensive line coach Mike Dawson and strength and conditioning coordinator Zach Duval all took time to meet with the prospects, according to Moore. They even spent 1-on-1 time with Frost and watched film with Dawson.
The subject of an offer came up with Moore, but Nebraska needs to see more before extending one.
“They just talked about coming to my school and checking my grades out, my transcript and stuff,” Moore said.
The environment and atmosphere at Nebraska also stood out to Moore. Having Jones and Baker there allowed him to see the day through more vantage points, he said.
“I felt better with my teammates around and I think it made it a better experience,” Moore said.
The trio traveled to Nebraska following an unofficial visit with Missouri the previous day.
“That was pretty good also,” Moore said.
Trying on uniforms in the Huskers’ locker room gave Baker a glimpse into the hypothetical future.
“I felt good because I know we can be there one day and this could be us on that team,” he said.
An offer would mean a good deal to Baker.
“I wish,” he said.
Baker, a 6-foot-1, 255-pound recruit, is the only one of the group with a Power 5 offer (Syracuse). Moore, who is listed at 6-4 and 252 pounds, has drawn interest from Missouri and Illinois.
Baker, Jones and Moore will have another chance to prove they are worthy of Nebraska offers over the course of the next six weeks. And the next time they see the Huskers coaches, it will be on their home turf.