Jameson Williams, Cameron Coleman planning spring game visit
Having Jameson Williams in your offense is already a bonus. But add another 4-star receiver to the equation? That’s a bounty, and it’s what happened when Cameron Coleman transferred from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., back to Cardinal Ritter College Prep in his hometown of St. Louis.
Brandon Gregory, the third-year coach at Cardinal Ritter, joked with his offensive coordinator that if the team doesn’t put up 40 points per game this season, they will have to discuss his contract at the end of season.
“Jameson is a toy within himself to have,” Gregory told Land of 10. “To add a Cam Coleman, it adds to it.”
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Coleman is the No. 22 receiver and Williams is the 42nd-ranked receiver in the class. They are the No. 3 and No. 6 prospects in Missouri, respectively.
A variety of factors led Coleman to return for his senior season, according to Gregory.
“IMG is a very prestigious program,” Gregory said. “What kid wouldn’t want to go down there? But once he got away from friends and family, and then coming back and forth on the different breaks and holidays, it was one of those things where he wanted to be back home and finish his senior year in front of his friends and his family.
“I welcomed it with open arms. I know there was a lot of options where he could have went. For him to land in my lap is awesome for our program and I think it’s awesome for him as a student as well.”
Gregory said Coleman came back from IMG stronger and more physical.
“Not to mention the competition down there,” Gregory said. “Coming back here is probably going to make it easier for him.”
Coleman has maintained an interest in Nebraska since he was a sophomore. The connection continued even while he was at IMG, and the Huskers are hoping to strike gold with both Coleman and Jameson. Nebraska let Jameson know that even though it’s a new staff, the coaches liked him and his offer still stood.
“Once they got up here, they reached out to Jameson right away,” Gregory said.
Another advantage for Nebraska in recruiting Williams and Coleman, Gregory said, is that Scott Frost’s style of offense is intriguing.
“A lot of kids will want to play in it,” Gregory said. “With their style of offense, based on some other schools in the area, that would put them over the hump.”
Williams asked him about Central Florida’s offense last season. thought it was cool and liked it. When Frost and his staff transitioned to Nebraska, the Huskers made his top eight.
“You best believe that has something to do with it,” Gregory said. “That style of offense, and the way they put up points, I think that’s going to help them in recruiting as well.”
Williams is in Los Angeles this week looking at USC and UCLA while Coleman is checking out Florida State. Gregory said he’s hoping to coordinate a visit to Nebraska for the pair the weekend of the spring game, but their schedules are busy right now.
New staff has made St. Louis a priority
Coleman and Jameson may be the big names at Cardinal Ritter, but the school will send three prospects to Lincoln for the junior day event this weekend.
Keith Jones, a junior, visited with Memphis on Monday. He’ll be joined by Class of 2020 prospects Anthony Baker and Joe Moore.
Jones isn’t ranked in the 247Sports composite and holds three offers, from Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Toledo. Iowa has shown interest. Gregory called him “a team-first type of guy” who never talks. The 5-10, 160-pound Jones is listed as a cornerback but will play receiver and running back when asked.
“He’s probably one of the hardest-working, respectful kids that I’ve coached,” Gregory said. “If my daughter brought home a guy like Keith, I could deal with that. He’s a great football player, but his character speaks volumes as well.”
Gregory sees Baker, a 6-1 defensive tackle, and Moore, a 6-4 defensive end, as two prospects with serious upside. Both started as freshman and are starting to receive Division I offers and interest
“I think they have a bright future,” Gregory said.
Nebraska did not sign a prospect from Missouri in the 2018 class, a rare occurrence and somewhat troubling happening, since the state usually serves as a reliable recruiting ground.
But the Huskers’ effort in St. Louis has been palpable, Gregory said. The charge has been led by offensive coordinator Troy Walters and Nebraska’s director of high school relations Kenny Wilhite.
“It seems like they’re just more in tune,” Gregory said. “I know Jameson has talked about talking with Coach Frost a couple of times, so it seems like they’re handling their business by trying to build relationships with kids. The one thing about the recruiting process is that’s the best way about it. You could have 50 uniforms and the best offense in the nation, but if you don’t build a relationship with these kids to want to come play for you, that’s problem in it of itself. But I think Nebraska has done a great job of reaching out to our kids and communicating with them and getting them up on campus.”
Illinois has a heightened recruiting presence in St. Louis, especially in this 2019 class. Missouri normally does a solid job of reeling in in-state prospects from the city. So is there room for the Huskers to steal top talent?
“I haven’t actually been up there myself,” Gregory said. “But everybody says once you step foot up there, there’s just something about it, like you wanna come there and play. I do think that Nebraska will be able to tap in and get some of the St. Louis talent.”