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Dez Melton flattered by Nebraska offer
Dez Melton received a text message around 9 a.m. Monday during the middle of art class at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz. The text came from Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco, who recruits Arizona for the Huskers.
“He said, ‘Hey give me a call when you can,’ ” Melton told Land of 10.
So Melton resigned himself to waiting all day and calling after school. After lunch, though, he grew restless. He really wanted to know what Verduzco was going to say.
“I asked my teacher if I could go to the bathroom real quick,” Melton said. “I called him.”
Of course, Verduzco picked up and asked if Melton had seen the Huskers offense. The conversation led to a variety of topics, most notably an offer and the staff’s desire to bring Melton to campus soon.
“We like big guys like you and guys that could play anywhere,” Verduzco said, according to Melton.
Melton is listed as an athlete, but he’s played mostly running back in high school, with some receiver sprinkled in. That’s uncommon for a 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect. The Huskers see him as a tight end/wide receiver hybrid in their offense.
Nebraska is an intriguing offer for the No. 71 athlete in the 2019 class, per the 247Sports composite rankings.
“All my coaches have told me it’s a football town,” Melton said. “And I hear abou it, it’s a football town for sure … It was a nice, great conversation with him.”
Melton has offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Iowa State. Arizona was his first offer, which prompted Melton to take the recruiting process more seriously. But both in-state programs underwent coaching changes this offseason.
The offer from Nebraska not only caught him off guard, it humbled him.
“Right as he told me, I was like, ‘Wow,’ ” Melton said. “It’s shocking just to get an offer from anywhere. It could be from JUCO or anywhere and I would just be appreciative about it and I would be like, ‘Wow, I get to do the thing I love for four years, or however long I want to.’ ”
The Sun Devils offered Melton while he was celebrating Independence Day weekend in California. That offer came from Billy Napier, who is now the coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. Melton said he’s met new Arizona State coach Herm Edwards and has talked to new Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin on the phone. The talks with Arizona State have been consistent, Melton said, but action with Arizona has picked up recently.
Melton hasn’t had much time to think about when he’ll visit, but it seems like that trip won’t take place until the summer or fall. Melton is busy with track.
UCLA also has been showing interest, Melton said. The Bruins like him on defense, where he hasn’t played since his freshman year. USC has come on strong recently as well, and he took an unofficial visit there two weeks ago. Offers from those programs haven’t arrived yet.
Melton said the strongest part of his game is his speed, which is uncanny for a 6-4 athlete. He also cited his agility as a strength.
“I kind of surprise people with how fast I am,” he said.
They didn’t dive too deep into details, but Melton said Verduzco was excited about his size and athleticism. Melton realizes he won’t fit in as a running back at the next level. He said he’s open to playing defense.
“I’m really comfortable playing wide receiver,” said Melton, who played that position as a freshman and will move back there this season at Deer Valley in the program’s new offense.
Nebraska recruiting in Georgia with RB, line offers
Tyler Goodson is the latest Georgia prospect to pick up an offer from the Huskers. The all-purpose back is the 47th-ranked running back in the 2019 class. At 5-10 and 185 pounds, he has a solid frame. A majority of his 19 offers come from outside the Power 5, but he’s drawn interest from plenty of programs. It’s possible that Goodman’s offer list will grow into the 40s by the end of his recruitment.
One day after offering a pair of 4-star tackles from Georgia, the Huskers practically mirrored that action with an offer to 4-star tackle Jaelin Humphries. He is the 23rd-ranked tackle in the 2019 class and a top-250 overall prospect. Georgia seems to be the favorite for him. Humphries also picked up offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State in the last two days. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native took an unofficial visit to Auburn last month and has checked out South Carolina, where he camped last summer.
Huskers offers athlete, 2 defensive line prospects
Nebraska has offered one of the nation’s top cornerbacks — at wide receiver. Jeffery Carter announced Monday that he’d picked up a Nebraska offer, but made sure to clarify which position the Huskers want him to play.
Offered as a WR
— scooby🐶 (@jcarter2133) March 5, 2018
Carter is the No. 20 cornerback and No. 214 overall prospect in the class. I’m sure Nebraska would take him at corner, but the staff evidently sees potential for him on offense. Regardless, it will be tough to steal Carter away from Texas. Both Texas A&M and Texas are leaders for him. He does, however, appear to have a connection with Nebraska 2018 signee Cam’ron Jones. The two are from the same area, with Carter hailing from Aledo, Texas.
👀👀 teammates agains ?? https://t.co/mF3GNv3SIc
— BUBBA (@camgonework15) March 6, 2018
Carter has visited with the Aggies twice since late January. He also attended a junior day at Oklahoma.
Treven Ma’ae, a 3-star defensive end who attends Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, also received a Nebraska offer. The No. 59 weakside defensive end holds 11 offers, including from Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Duke and Arizona State. He is 6-4 and 220 pounds.
Another St. Louis prospect has landed on Nebraska’s board. Moses Okpala, a 6-7, 250-pound behemoth of a prospect, now owns a Huskers offer. The 3-star defensive end holds offers from Dartmouth, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The St. Louis area will be essential for the Huskers in the 2019 class.
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