Nebraska’s new coaches have wasted little time hitting the road and making face-to-face contact with the eight commits they inherited and the nearly 20 new targets they have identified and offered since assuming their jobs over the weekend. If the rollout of offers was impressive, then their ability to follow through on them is even more so.
Monday featured several key visits, as Frank Verducci, who is expected to serve as an offensive assistant, visited with defensive end commit Tate Wildeman, a 3-star prospect from Parker, Colo. Verducci then made his way to Sioux Falls, S.D., to visit 3-star offensive line commit Will Farniok.
“It was great!” Farniok texted Land of 10 when asked how the visit went. Farniok has been a solid member of the 2018 class, and now that the new coaching staff has quickly reached out in person, he continues to be a safe bet to sign with the Huskers. Plus, his brother Matt just completed his redshirt freshman season at Nebraska.
Wildeman told Nate Clouse of HuskerOnline. “It was very good to talk to him, great dude,” Wildeman said of the visit. “He coached my dad so it was very interesting.”
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco went out to Fresno, Calif., to catch up with 4-star quarterback Adrian Martinez, who received one of the first offers from the new staff. Martinez is a Tennessee commit, but speculation is that Ohio State is still in mix. Now, Nebraska has to be considered a candidate, as he will be taking an official visit to Lincoln this weekend.
— Adrian Martinez (@MartinezTheQB) December 5, 2017
Scott Frost was back in Florida on Monday, and checked in with at least one of his commits at UCF, Justin McGriff, who received a Nebraska offer during the meeting, Clouse reports.
Will Honas, the top-ranked inside linebacker in the JUCO ranks this season, was visited by defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and linebackers coach Barrett Ruud.
Three-star offensive lineman Jerome Carvin, the No. 37 tackle in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings, hosted offensive line coach Greg Austin for an in-home visit Monday night. He is 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, but has not received an offer from the Huskers just yet, although he’s expecting to speak with Frost over the phone sometime this week and is hopeful an offer comes.
“The visit went good, we were mostly talking about the tradition of the program,” Carvin told Land of 10 on Monday night. “And Coach Austin was just talking about his background.”
— JEROME CARVIN7️⃣4️⃣ (@JeromeCarvin) December 5, 2017
At the top of Carvin’s list are Mississippi State, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida. The Gators are recruiting him the hardest, he said. Even if the Huskers offer Carvin, they will have plenty of ground to make up, especially since he desires to sign during the first day of the early signing period.
“I’m not sure yet because I sign December 20,” Carvin said, “but I’ll need to find out more about the program.
“To be honest they have a lot [of ground to make up] but I’m open right now so it’s manageable.”
A potential visit was lightly discussed, but that would materialize if offered, Carvin said. He is heading to Florida from Dec. 14-16.
Carvin is teammates at Cordova (Tenn.) with 3-star running back Jeremy Banks, who is a Huskers target and is very high on Nebraska. The two are close friends.
“That’s my guy,” Carvin said.
Has Banks told him anything about Nebraska?
“He told me he didn’t want to leave so his visit had to be good.”