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Ethan Piper can play on either side of the ball
Recent Nebraska commit Ethan Piper may be listed as a defensive tackle, but the 3-star prospects tells Land of 10 he hasn’t even discussed where he will play for the Huskers. The conversation will come at a later date.
“I really haven’t had much time to talk to them about that,” Piper said. “Honestly, I really don’t care what position I play. I can play offense or defense. That’s kind of how I do it in high school, both sides of the football all the time. I just love the game of football.”
Piper definitely will play on the line, though, whether it’s offense or defense. At 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, he doesn’t fit anywhere else on the field. But the potential to use Piper at several spots likely was a point of intrigue for the Huskers staff.
Another reason the staff probably took a liking to Piper is his attitude.
“I’ll probably just say that I’m a hard worker,” Piper said. “[I’m] not really a flashy guy. I just want to get work done and do whatever it takes to make Nebraska great again.”
Piper said his favorite players are Khalil Mack, a pass rusher for the Oakland Raiders, and former Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
Outside of football, Piper displays his athleticism on the basketball court. He also participates in track and field, throwing shot put and discus. Piper also is active in youth groups at his high school, Norfolk Catholic.
Nebraska offers trio from Georgia powerhouse program
The Grayson High School program in Loganville, Ga., has become the apple of the Huskers’ eye, at least in Georgia, for the 2019 class. Nebraska is vying for the nation’s top outside linebacker, Owen Pappoe, who has interest in the Huskers. Nebraska also has offered a few of his teammates.
Let’s check out the Grayson prospects who picked up Nebraska offers on Tuesday.
Congrats to 2019 Grayson HS Players OT Wanya Morris @wanyamorris64 WR Kenyon Jackson @kenyonjackson5 and RT Trente Jones @trentejones01 on their latest offer from Univ of Nebraska #True19 #Ramszn pic.twitter.com/gOCa7JSwg2
— Coach K Watson (@therealkwat) March 5, 2018
Tackle Wanya Morris, 4 stars
Morris is one of the top tackles in the country. According to the 247Sports composite, he is the No. 6 tackle in the class and the No. 6 prospect in Georgia. He checks in at No. 40 overall.
With 30 offers under his belt, just about every major program in the country wants Morris, who is 6-6 and 300 pounds. However, in-state Georgia is the favorite with Oklahoma also a contender. Morris has been to Tennessee twice this year, attended South Carolina’s junior day, and recently took an unofficial visit to Georgia.
Morris is looking at committing this spring.
Tackle Trente Jones, 4 stars
Jones committed to Michigan on Feb. 21 following an unofficial visit to the campus. The Huskers staff has never shied away from offering committed players, though.
He is the 34th-ranked tackle in the class. Some industry analysts expected him to wind up at Florida, but the Wolverines swooped in and have him locked up early in the process. It’s early, though, and circumstances may change, so Nebraska simply wanted to do its due diligence. And since the Huskers are recruiting the school so heavily anyway, what’s the harm in one more offer?
Wide receiver Kenyon Jackson, 4 stars
The nation’s 45th-ranked receiver appears headed to Florida State, judging by his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. LSU also seems to be in the mix. He picked up a Tennessee offer during his unofficial visit there in January. Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana are the other Big Ten teams that have offered him, as Jackson owns 23 offers.
His recruitment has been primarily focused in the Southeast, so it will be interesting to see whether Nebraska can lure him out of the region, even for just a visit.
Huskers offer 2 talented offensive linemen
Tackle Xavier Truss, 4 stars, Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken
Truss is another tremendous body who picked up an offer from Nebraska late Monday night. At the end of his senior season, Truss towered at 6-7 and weighs approximately 325 pounds. He is the No. 13 tackle in the class and a top-100 prospect nationally. Rhode Island may not be a prospect-rich state, but Truss’ size and potential makes him stick out.
Truss has taken unofficial visits to Clemson, Alabama and Penn State in the last month. The Nitanny Lions hold all 12 of the predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Aside from requiring some refinement on technique, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive for him. Truss’ recruitment is moving along quickly, so the Huskers will have to make an impression soon.
Tackle Darius Washington, no rating, Pensacola (Fla.) West Florida Tech
The Huskers became Washington’s 11th offer on Monday. With another offer at tackle, it’s clear that Nebraska is prioritizing the position and intent on cultivating depth at that spot. Washington took unofficial visits to Auburn and Florida State last month, but those schools have not offered. Cincinnati, Louisville and Maryland also have extended offers.
Offensive line coach Greg Austin found his tackle in the 2018 class, Willie Canty, in Florida. The Huskers staff isn’t one to care that Washington is not ranked, but the coaches have made it clear they want a certain toughness on the line. Stars will not earn a prospect an offer, but the play on the field speaks for itself.
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