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New offensive line target to visit Nebraska
Just three days ago, Jalan Robinson was weighing a decision drastically different than the one he faces now. The dilemma surrounding the Lawrence (Kan.) Free State standout was whether he should go the junior college route to bolster his offers at the Division I level or to walk on at Kansas.
But two Power 5 offers came in for Robinson on Monday: Mississippi State and Nebraska. Running backs coach Ryan Held offered him on the Huskers’ behalf.
“It was pretty crazy for me how it happened,” Robinson said. “I think one of my coaches got into contact with Coach Held after my tweet about the Mississippi State offer.”
With Held recruiting in the Kansas City area Monday, he was a short drive away and arrived within 30 minutes to meet Robinson. The two chatted for a while. Held left without offering Robinson.
“He told me they would love to have me, but he was going to have to call coach [Scott] Frost first,” Robinson said. “And that he would give me a call later.”
That call came relatively quickly, with good news.
“I was on the phone with him and when he said it I tried to make it seem like it wasn’t anything,” Robinson said. “I had my mom next to me and we were both like smiling and laughing. She was hugging me. It was pretty good.”
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Robinson is 6-foot-6, 300 pounds and is listed as a tackle. 247Sports lists him as a 3-star prospect.
Despite Nebraska entering the scene late, Robinson’s interest in the Huskers is serious.
“It’s pretty close to home,” Robinson said. “I have a lot of family members and teachers, too, who are huge Nebraska fans.”
Robinson quickly scheduled his official visit with the Huskers. He will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Mississippi State for the weekend. He said he is looking forward to experiencing the campus atmosphere.
“Just on Twitter, their fans are like loyal,” Robinson said. “They’ve been going crazy on my Twitter feed. They’re showing a lot of love right now. I can’t wait to see what it’s like when I get down there.”
— jalan robinson (@jalanrob00) January 30, 2018
Robinson has realistic expectations for his upcoming trips.
“I’m hoping I just get there and just feel it, after visiting both places,” Robinson said. “I hope somewhere I just feel it, something different, than what I felt at all the other schools.”
Robinson plans on announcing his decision Monday, two days before National Signing Day.
“There’s been a couple of schools that have been contacting me,” Robinson said. “But it’s mostly between Nebraska and Mississippi State. That’s a hard decision.”
Nebraska primarily sees him as a tackle with the possibility of moving inside. Robinson has never played guard, so his preference is to remain at tackle.
Additionally, it sounds like Robinson has a committable offer from the Huskers.
“[Held] said if after visiting I was ready to commit, that of course they’d take me,” Robinson said. “But he said they want me to visit Mississippi State, too, just so I can compare the schools.”
Nebraska needs to add an offensive lineman or two within the next week. Robinson is in contention for one of those spots, with Jarrett Bell and Willie Canty, who will be on his official visit this weekend, as other candidatess.
Ta’Zhawn Henry cancels visit, not considering Huskers
Nebraska’s running back board includes only one name now, and it’s not Ta’Zhawn Henry.
The 3-star all-purpose back will not be making a visit to Nebraska this weekend. The Houston (Texas) Lamar product is coming off official visits to Oregon State and Texas Tech, which has picked up the momentum.
After discussing everything with my family, I have decided not to take my last official visit that was scheduled this weekend to Nebraska. I do want to thank Coach Frost and his entire staff for thinking enough of me to give me the opportunity to be apart of their program. #GBR🌽
— ᵀᴴ¹ (@TazhawnHenry) January 30, 2018
The reality is that Henry probably saw the lack of room in the class and that the Huskers clearly value 4-star prospect Maurice Washington more at the position. If Nebraska takes another running back in the class it will be Washington, barring something bizarre. He plans to make an official visit this weekend.
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— ᵀᴴ¹ (@TazhawnHenry) January 30, 2018
Held maintained a solid relationship with Henry, but at the end of the day it didn’t work out, and it’s probably best for both sides. So it goes in the world of recruiting.
Cornerback schedules official visit
Ken Montgomery’s fourth official visit will go to Nebraska, he confirmed to Land of 10 on Tuesday.
The 4-star cornerback will check out the Huskers this weekend. As he wraps up his recruitment, he has a final three of Louisville, Maryland and Nebraska. The Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough standout has already taken official visits to those other two schools.
Montgomery is the No. 33 cornerback in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. His 247Sports Crystal Ball has Maryland in the lead with 72 percent of the predictions. He racked up 40 offers throughout his recruitment.
Nebraska has made its needs in the secondary known down the stretch. The Huskers have four secondary commits in the class, but only one true cornerback commit: 3-star prospect Braxton Clark. Cam Taylor also has emerged as a cornerback target who is leaning toward the Huskers. The question will be whether the class has room for all three.
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