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Nebraska offers several cornerbacks in last week
Scott Frost took the Nebraska job realizing he will need to add bodies to the secondary. In his first recruiting cycle for the Huskers, the 2018 class, Nebraska signed five defensive backs (perhaps even six, when accounting for Breon Dixon’s transfer and whether Dixon will actually play in the secondary).
Frost’s 2019 class will have to mirror those numbers at the spot so he can achieve his goal of injecting bodies into the secondary. The Huskers hadn’t offered many defensive backs, at least compared to other position groups, until recently, when they offered five defensive backs in the last week, with four of those offers coming in the last four days. All five went to cornerbacks. Three Alabama natives are part of the group (3-star athlete Cam Taylor, who will play secondary for the Huskers, is a member of Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class and also an Alabama native).
Let’s take a closer look at the new defensive backs on Nebraska’s radar.
CB Christian Williams, 4 stars, Daphne, Ala.
Christian Williams has emerged as a top prospect option in this class. He’s the eighth-ranked cornerback prospect and is ranked No. 88 overall in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Williams has 19 offers total, and it appears his offer from Alabama on Dec. 16 served as the opening of the floodgates to bring him offers. He visited with the Tide for junior day the weekend of Feb. 24. Alabama, Auburn and LSU, whose junior day Williams attended earlier this month, have seemed to separate themselves from the pack in his recruitment. Williams is 6-foot-1 and 177 pounds, meaning he fits the profile of how the new coaching staff likes to recruit the position: long.
CB Sheridan Jones, 4 stars, Norfolk (Va.) Maury
Another highly ranked corner picked up one of the offers. Sheridan Jones is the No. 16 cornerback and No. 142 overall prospect in the class. Ohio State is currently in the lead for him. He’s taken unofficial visits to Tennessee and South Carolina in the last month. In January, he received an offer from Clemson at the Tigers’ junior day. Alabama, Oklahoma and Penn State are among the 20 offers Jones currently holds. Jones is 6-foot and 170 pounds. Ohio State currently holds a lead for Jones, but it’s early in his recruitment.
CB DJ Turner II, 4 stars, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
DJ Turner has racked up 34 offers thus far, with nearly every major Power 5 team offering. Turner is the 26th-ranked corner and No. 284 overall prospect in the class. He has taken an unofficial visit with Penn State in October and attended junior day events at Clemson and Florida State. He’s also picked up offers from LSU and Georgia in the last month. Turner, at 5-11, is actually on the shorter side of the defensive backs who were recently offered.
CB Jaydon Hill, 3 stars, Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones
Of Jaydon Hill’s 26 offers, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have carved out a foothold in his recruitment, with the Bulldogs receiving both predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball. The 49th-ranked cornerback in the class received an offer from the Huskers on Monday. South Carolina, TCU, Maryland and Iowa have offered Hill already. Hill is listed at 6-foot and 163 pounds.
CB Cordale Flott, 3 stars, Saraland, Ala.
Cordale Flott is listed as a cornerback, but ranked as a safety (No. 70 safety in the class). Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama seem to be high on Flott’s wish list. Missouri, Texas A&M and Nebraska have offered in the span of five days, so it’s been a good week for him. Flott holds 20 offers total and took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss earlier this month and attended Alabama’s junior day in February.
Marcus Hicks cuts list to 12, with Huskers still in it
Marcus Hicks has narrowed his list to 12 schools. The good news? Nebraska is one of them.
I thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to get a degree and play football at the next level. In no specific order, these are my top schools at this time. Thank you to all the coaches who believe in me. I am truly grateful. Marcus Hicks pic.twitter.com/vKBqNI7bwA
— Marcus Hicks (@harcus_micks) March 13, 2018
With 20 offers total, Hicks had some thinking to do to decrease the number of schools he’d be considering. Now that he’s done that, expect him to take a closer look at these schools throughout the spring and summer.
Hicks’ father, Kelvin, told Land of 10 last week that the family would be attending Nebraska’s junior day the weekend of March 31.
Hicks is the No. 16 weakside defensive end in the class and a priority 500-mile radius recruit for Nebraska, as he is a native of Wichita, Kan.
Oklahoma holds all five of the predictions on Hicks’ 247Sports Crystal Ball at this time.
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