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Ge’mon Eaford sees value in the ‘N’ beyond logo
Jevon Glenn brought 10 of his Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School players to Nebraska last weekend to expose them to the program. But one of the underlying reasons behind the visit for the spring game was to educate 4-star outside linebacker Ge’mon Eaford about the Huskers.
Nebraska, obviously, relished the opportunity to host Eaford and his teammates.
“I definitely think the visit put Nebraska into consideration,” Glenn told Land of 10. “He was a big reason why we wanted to get out there.”
Eaford has 44 offers, from just about every top program in the country. Glenn described Eaford as a prospect who wants to feel a connection to a staff and university, something of a deeper relationship.
“He’s looking for more than just the fluff and the logo,” Glenn said.
Nebraska appealed to his “laid-back” attitude while showing him the passion behind the program. The experience left Eaford “intrigued,” Glenn said.
Location will not factor into Eaford’s decision, according to Glenn. Wherever he fits — academically, athletically and socially — is where he will go. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Eaford is the No. 13 outside linebacker and No. 191 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.
Glenn believes Eaford is a perfect fit for the Huskers’ 3-4 defensive scheme. Nebraska coaches predominately like him at the outside linebacker spot, where he has played throughout high school. Glenn tries to move him around on defense so teams can’t game-plan against him
“They can see him at three of the four linebacker spots,” he said.
Eaford is on track to graduate high school in December and enroll at his college of choice in January. Glenn said Eaford is way ahead of the game in the classroom, needing to complete just two more classes to fulfill his requirements.
The plan is centered on hopefully earning himself early playing time.
“Obviously, my opinion is biased,” Glenn said. “I think this kid is very talented and he’s got a chance to contribute early, especially being a mid-year.”
That doesn’t mean Eaford will rush into a decision, though.
“We’re going to cut it down once we come out of spring and finish off the college tours,” Glenn said. “Because we go on a big college tour every summer and there’s still some places he wants to see.”
The plan is to make those decisions within a week of their return from that voyage. Glenn is a proactive coach who wants his players to have options, so he encourages visits far from home, several of which Eaford has made. He’s already seen many schools, but wants to be diligent before moving on in the process.
“We’re getting close,” Glenn said. “By him being a mid-year, we have to speed the process up a little.”
Glenn still wants Eaford to exercise patience heading into the decision.
“He’s a kid that’s truly wide open,” Glenn said. “I’m not saying it just to be saying it, because I want him to take his time and do it right.”
When asked how he would describe Eaford as a player, Glenn responded:
“He’s just a good ol’ South Florida dog,” Glenn said. “He plays hard. Football means the world to him. Football is the opportunity to change his life and change his family’s lives. … That’s the focus he puts into preparation and working. When you’ve got that kind of ‘Why?’ it’s a different kind of animal and a different kind of mindset.”
Nebraska coaches check in with Marcus Hicks
Running backs coach Ryan Held and outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt stopped by Northwest High in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday to check in with prospects Marcus Hicks and Breece Hall.
Held is the area recruiter and has formed relationships with both Hicks, a 4-star outside linebacker, and Hall, a 3-star running back. Dewitt made the trip to see Hicks since he is his potential future position coach. Both players visited Nebraska for junior day events earlier this month.
Hicks is certainly a priority for the Huskers, as they are seeking recruits who can get after the quarterback in the 2019 class. Nebraska already has one running back commit in Thomas Grayson, but Nebraska is clearly interested in Hall, as well.
As the evaluation period continues, Nebraska’s staff will be visiting its top targets across the country. Visiting Northwest was high on its list of places to get to first because of the prospects there.
Huskers re-offer Jordan Johnson
One of the top receivers in the 2020 class received more good news this week. Jordan Johnson, a St. Louis De Smet standout, was re-offered by Nebraska on Wednesday. He announced the news on Twitter.
The Huskers first offered Johnson on Nov. 15, 2017, which was one of his first Division I offers. The new staff has let him know the offer stands, which is probably a wise decision. Johnson projects as a potential top-100 prospect in the class. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound sophomore on Tuesday received an offer from Alabama, giving him 12 offers in all.
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