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Breon Dixon will take official visit, is high on Nebraska
Scott Frost and his assistants have been highly successful in securing commitments from high school and junior college prospects alike. Of the seven commitments they’ve secured since moving from UCF to Nebraska, four have been from the JUCO ranks. Now the Huskers are officially in the transfer market.
According to a report from Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska is seriously in the mix for former Ole Miss defensive back Breon Dixon. He played in six games for the Rebels this season, making 5 tackles, but decided to seek a transfer because of the sanctions levied against the program last month.
Dixon has had productive conversations with the coaching staff recently. The staff recruited him to UCF while they were in Orlando, so he’s familiar with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander.
“Coach Frost wants to build it at Nebraska just like they did at UCF,” Dixon told McKewon.
The Loganville (Ga.) Grayson product was a 4-star recruit in high school, according to the 247Sports composite. He is 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds. His interest in Nebraska was sparked by a pair of connections to the program. His trainer is former Nebraska linebacker Eric Johnson, who is based in Atlanta. Additionally, Dixon is friends with former Grayson teammate and Huskers linebacker Mohamed Barry.
Dixon would require a waiver from the NCAA to play next season. Similar to Shea Patterson’s situation at Michigan, the belief is that players who want to transfer from Ole Miss due to the two-year postseason ban and scholarship reductions will be eligible immediately. But as it goes with the NCAA, it would be foolish to automatically assume the process will be easy. Regardless, Dixon has three years of eligibility remaining.
Wisconsin is also reportedly in the mix for Dixon. However, it appears things may be cooling off between Dixon and Wisconsin because Badgers defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard has become a hot commodity on the coaching carousel.
“Coach Leonhard’s a great coach, and I’m not sure he’s going to be at Wisconsin very long,” Dixon said. “He’s probably going to be a head coach soon.”
Dixon also said he would cancel any remaining visits if his visit with Nebraska goes well.
Jamarye Joiner sets official visit
Nebraska has not been coy about its quest to add another quarterback. Since signing 4-star prospect Adrian Martinez, the Huskers have offered three more quarterbacks, most recently 3-star athlete Matthew Tago and 4-star dual-threat signal caller James Foster. But Nebraska’s first quarterback offer post-early signing period went to 3-star dual-threat Jamarye Joiner.
Joiner is committed to Arizona but has been open to taking official visits to other schools. He visited both Arizona State and Arizona during the two weekends leading up to the early signing period, but opted to not sign a letter of intent. Joiner will take an official visit next weekend to Oregon State, followed by a weekend in Lincoln for an official visit with the Huskers.
Joiner told Land of 10 he is excited about the visit. His recruitment became even more interesting this week when Arizona fired coach Rich Rodriguez. All of a sudden, Joiner’s decision to not sign left him free to pursue other options with no consequences.
The Huskers certainly have a chance with Joiner. We’ll find out more about the connection between Joiner and the program, plus the likelihood of flipping him, after his visit the weekend of Jan. 19.
What Stanley Morgan Jr. staying, Nick Gates leaving means for recruiting
Nebraska received great news Wednesday night when receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. announced on Twitter that he would be returning for his senior season. Morgan’s solid 2017 season provided the basis for him to jump to the NFL, and after the former coaching staff was shown the door he tweeted about making a “business decision,” strongly alluding to entering the draft.
But his return helps fill a void at a thin position for the Huskers. The position group was thought to be one of the strongest in the 2018 class before Mike Riley and former receivers coach Keith Williams were fired. That resulted in de-commitments from 4-star receivers Joshua Moore and Cameron Brown. However, the Huskers have signed 3-star receivers Jaron Woodyard and Justin McGriff.
Wide receiver is still a position of need in the class, but Morgan’s return certainly helps, and possibly allows the Huskers to allocate a scholarship for another position, such as offensive line or defensive back.
On the other hand, left tackle Nick Gates announced he was declaring for the draft in somewhat of a surprise decision. After the offensive line as a whole underachieved this season, Gates’ departure leaves even more question marks.
This is another position of need in the class, and now Nebraska may be inclined to sign more prospects than expected here. A good chunk of the recent offers have been directed at offensive linemen, but now the push will likely be harder for recruits such as Hamilton Hall, Ryan Winkler, Jarrett Bell and Blake McDonald.
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