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Garrett Wilson names Nebraska in top 8
Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly reported Sunday that 4-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson would include Ohio State in his upcoming list of final schools. Turns out the Buckeyes weren’t the only Big Ten program to make the cut. Nebraska found itself in Wilson’s top eight, which he released late Sunday night.
Texas, TCU, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State also are in the mix for Wilson, who is the 14th-ranked wide receiver and No. 79 prospect overall in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
2 Corinthians 5:7
— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) March 5, 2018
Here’s how analyst Greg Powers of 247Sports evaluates Wilson’s game:
Wilson is a well-rounded and versatile wide receiver. He can line up and beat a defensive back with his vertical ability, or he can line up in the slot and turn an underneath play into a big gain. Wilson is very slippery in the open field and has great hips and agility that help him duck and dodge defenders. He gets good separation and gets check marks in the hands and concentration areas.
Wilson originally is from central Ohio, hence his interest in the Buckeyes. However, he moved to Austin, Texas, during middle school and plays for powerhouse program Lake Travis.
The Huskers offered Wilson on Feb. 8 and clearly have done a good job in building a relationship. Although a visit date is undecided, expect him to be on campus sooner rather than later.
Highlights from weekend offers
We’ve tried to document every offer Nebraska has made in the last month or so here at Land of 10. It’s important to know who the Huskers are going after. But with the Huskers offering prospects at an unrelenting pace, that could prove difficult. So for now, we’ll focus on the highlights from prospects who picked up Nebraska offers over the weekend and on Monday.
Running back Darwin Barlow, 4 stars, Newton, Texas
Perhaps it was just a coincidence that running backs coach Ryan Held tweeted this Monday, the same day Barlow announced he’d received a Huskers offer.
I like my RB Board for 2019! I need a DAWG that loves the game and will COMPETE anytime, anyplace, anywhere! He has the cleats in the car type of guy and will run 1-1 routes in a parking lot if called out! #OffensiveBallers
— Ryan Held (@CoachRHeld) March 5, 2018
Or maybe that’s just how highly Held thinks of Barlow and wanted to show him that in a public forum. Either way, Held has a reason to be excited about Barlow. He is the No. 24 running back in the class and a top-350 overall prospect.
Barlow holds 15 offers, including ones from Minnesota, Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Houston, Texas Tech and TCU. The two predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball favor Baylor.
Athlete Dez Melton, 3 stars, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley
Only four teams have extended offers to Melton: Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State and Nebraska. Melton is listed as an athlete and stands 6-4 and weighs 210 pounds. The fact he was offered by quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco suggests the Huskers would like him at quarterback, but that’s not the case. Verduzco is simply the area recruiter for Arizona.
— Dez Melton (@bigdes01) March 5, 2018
His film shows him playing receiver and running back, but at that height he seems destined to be a wideout in college. Melton is ranked as the No. 71 athlete in the class.
Wide receiver Demariyon Houston, 4 stars, Oklahoma City Millwood
Nebraska has gravitated toward the top receivers in this class, offering quite a few within the last month. Sometimes it pays off, as in the case of Wilson. Houston’s interest level in the Huskers has yet to be determined, but pulling the No. 30 receiver and No. 168 overall prospect in the class from Oklahoma will prove difficult. Oklahoma is the favorite to land Houston.
Houston has 15 offers, with Texas, Florida, Notre Dame, Minnesota and Missouri all vying for him.
Offensive lineman Jesse Hanson, 3 stars, Daleville (Va.) Lord Botetourt
Hanson is committed to Virginia Tech and seems solid to the Hokies. That won’t stop Nebraska from offering him as it tries to build the offensive line. The 6-4 Hanson likely will line up at guard in college. He committed to Virginia Tech on Feb. 8. Since then, Georgia Tech, Rutgers and Indiana have offered.
Ethan Piper commits to Nebraska
As the week goes on we’ll dedicate plenty of space to Ethan Piper, the 3-star defensive tackle who committed to Nebraska on Monday. For now, though, you can read about why his commitment is important on and off the field, as well as a collection of how some Nebraska assistant coaches and staffers reacted to the news.
I think it’s a sign of good things to come in the 2019 recruiting class. It’s also symbolic that the first commitment to Frost and his staff in the class comes from an in-state prospect who was offered less than a week ago.
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