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Nebraska offers quarterback James Foster, athlete Matthew Tago
Scott Frost and his coaching staff’s immediate pursuit of Adrian Martinez in the hours after they took the Nebraska job and won the American Athletic Conference Championship Game last month helped them secure the commitment of the 4-star dual-threat quarterback.
And less than 24 hours after Frost and the Huskers’ staff coached UCF for the final time on Monday in a 34-27 Peach Bowl victory over Auburn, another 4-star dual-threat quarterback is the focus of their attention: James Foster.
The Montgomery, Ala., native is trending heavily toward LSU. He had been committed to Missouri but rescinded that commitment on Oct. 26. Foster will take his official visit to LSU next weekend. Alabama and Florida State are also heavily in the mix for him, making the Huskers’ offer of Foster all the more interesting.
Nebraska is somewhat thin at quarterback. Even with Martinez already signed and enrolling early, the Huskers are still looking for depth there and before pursuing any other means of filling the room (i.e. transfer) they’re going to try and hit another home run in the 2018 recruiting class, similar to what they did with Martinez.
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Foster is the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the class, per the 247Sports composite, and the ninth-ranked prospect in Alabama. According to his 247Sports evaluation, he possesses patience, a strong arm and a quick release, with enough mobility to keep defenses honest.
Just last week, Nebraska offered 3-star quarterback Jamarye Joiner, who has been committed to Arizona for more than 15 months. Joiner told Land of 10 he will take an official visit to Nebraska sometime this month, and the Huskers obviously will try and get Foster on campus as well. That may prove difficult, since Foster is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the class with offers at potentially more attractive programs, in the sense that there’s not already a dual-threat, blue-chip quarterback in the class. For example, LSU does not yet have a quarterback in its class and made Foster a priority recruit even before his de-commitment from Missouri.
Because of those circumstances, this offer may simply be a case of Nebraska leaving no stone unturned. Right now, the Huskers’ odds of landing Foster are next to none.
The offer to Foster wasn’t the only one Nebraska sent out Tuesday. Matthew Tago, a 3-star athlete from Lancaster, Calif., picked up an offer from the Huskers as well.
Tago is the No. 79 athlete in the class, according to the 247Sports composite, and is also listed as an inside linebacker. It appears likely he will wind up at that position in college, despite rushing for 16 touchdowns during his senior season at Quartz Hill High School. He is 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds. He had been committed to UCLA for slightly more than four months before de-committing on Dec. 6 in the wake of the Bruins’ coaching change. The only other school he’s taken an official visit to is Utah.
Nebraska should have a shot with Tago. Look for them to be aggressive in setting up an official visit weekend.
Ta’Zhawn Henry, Blake McDonald book official visits to Nebraska
The staff is also working quickly setting up official visits for other recent offers, too. Two prospects divulged plans for their official visits to Nebraska.
Three-star running back Ta’Zhawn Henry told Mike Schaefer of 247Sports that he will be in Lincoln next weekend, the first available weekend following the recruiting dead period. Henry is the type of all-purpose back Frost likes to utilize in his offense, and the two have been talking plenty recently, he told Schaefer.
“Coach Frost told me they need a playmaker like me in their offensive style,” Henry said. “I’m a natural player. I think I’m a fit for that offense. I watch their bowl game on Monday. It fit my style and I think I could do big things for a Nebraska offense.”
Henry de-committed from TCU early last month, so the process has moved quickly for him. Texas Tech is the new leader for him on his 247Sports Crystal Ball, but the Huskers certainly have a chance with him, especially if he feels a connection to the coaching staff.
“I’ll be looking at these coaches,” he said. “I just want to have a good relationship with them. Like with coach Frost or the rest of the college coaches, we’ve been talking like every day. We’re close right now.”
Nebraska, looking to add at least one more offensive lineman in the class, received good news on that front when 3-star offensive lineman Blake McDonald scheduled his official visit for the weekend of Jan. 26.
“I am looking forward to meeting the team, checking out the facilities that Nebraska has to offer and getting a general feel for the atmosphere at Nebraska,” McDonald told Bryan Munson of HuskerOnline.com.
McDonald, a native of Danville, Calif., is in the process of scheduling official visits to Utah and California. He has not officially visited anywhere yet. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound prospect is another UCLA de-commit the Huskers have zeroed in on as the recruiting cycle winds down.
In unofficial-visit news, Schaefer reports that Henry told him 4-star safety Cam’Ron Jones will be on campus again, the same weekend as Henry’s official visit. The two Texas natives know each other and talk often, and Jones’ presence in Lincoln next weekend is why Henry is taking his visit next weekend. Nebraska is considered the leader for Jones, but he has an official visit with Ole Miss scheduled for the end of the month and likely won’t announce until then.
Jones’ official visit during the weekend of Dec. 15 went very well. He is rather high on Nebraska and formed a solid relationship with 4-star defensive end signee Tate Wildeman, who is keeping the pressure on Jones to commit to Nebraska.
Perhaps an unofficial visit will do the trick for Jones.
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