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Jaron Woodyard finishes school year on high note
Academic issues kept Jaron Woodyard from enrolling at Nebraska in January. He needed another semester of solid grades at Arizona Western Community College before becoming eligible, which grated against the norm of junior college players usually being eligible mid-year, following three semesters at a given school.
Tardiness aside, it appears that Woodyard has taken care of business in the classroom and will be joining the Huskers in the coming weeks with no strings attached.
Finished this semester with a 3.25 💯💪🏾
— 🎱™ (@__SPEEDYY8) May 15, 2018
Problems in the classroom prevented Woodyard from attending a four-year program after high school, his high school coach Tyree Spinner told Land of 10 in December after the 3-star wide receiver committed to Nebraska. Now that Woodyard has reached the next level, it will be important for him to continue working to remain eligible.
Woodyard is expected to make an immediate contribution on the field. The speedy wideout can take the top off opposing defenses and provide a valuable vertical threat. However, several wide receivers made significant strides during spring ball under the new coaching staff, so Woodyard will have to learn quickly.
Ty Robinson still talking up Nebraska
Ty Robinson will be returning for a third time to Nebraska in the near future, this time for an official visit. The 4-star defensive end has plenty of schools lining up to host him over the next couple of months, but he’ll definitely be using one of his five official visits with the Huskers, he told 247Sports’ Blair Angulo.
The Huskers have a solid position in Robinson’s recruitment. The Arizona native told Land of 10 as much last month following his visit for the spring game.
“The first time we went to Nebraska it was more spur of the moment with us planning to visit family, even before I had Nebraska in the picture,” Robinson said. “The second time was an actual recruiting trip and it meant a lot. It’s a special place and it’s definitely going to rank high for me.
“I’m building a great relationship with coach Scott Frost and [defensive line] coach Mike Dawson. I feel the love from all those guys. Coaches have been coming out here during the spring evaluation period telling me I’m different and that I’ll make a difference when I get to college, but sometimes it’s just speak. Sometimes you can see if it’s genuine and I get that with Nebraska.”
Following his visit for the spring game, Robinson’s 247Sports Crystal Ball began trending toward Nebraska. The Huskers now hold all four of the predictions.
According to the 247Sports composite, the 6-foot-5 prospect is the No. 18-ranked strongside defensive end and No. 242 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Offers go to pair of DMV linemen, Georgia prospects
Nebraska kept up its eastward expansion on the recruiting trail Monday, offering a pair of offensive linemen from the Washington, D.C.-Maryland area in the 2019 class.
Walter Rouse is a 3-star tackle who attends the powerful Sidwell Friends School in the nation’s capital and is ranked No. 99 at the position. He holds 25 offers and has generated interest from programs across the country. However, his inclination appears to be toward academically reputable institutions, with Duke, Stanford, Northwestern and Virginia appearing to separate themselves from the pack. Stanford, which hosted Rouse for an unofficial visit in March, holds the only two Crystal Ball predictions for Rouse, who is 6-6 and 285 pounds.
Zachary Franks is a Baltimore native and a 3-star prospect, checking in as the No. 74 tackle in the class. The 6-6, 270-pound prospect has 20 offers, with Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers, where he unofficially visited in March, as his other Big Ten offers. He’s also made visits to Virginia, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, all of which have offered Franks.
The Huskers were active in Georgia on Monday, honing in on the 2020 class.
Arik Gilbert projects as a top-20 overall prospect in the class and Nebraska wasted little time offering him. The 6-5, 250-pound recruit is the owner of 25 offers. He’s taken unofficial visits to Clemson, Miami and Tennessee this year. Gilbert will be one of the most intriguing prospects in his class, mostly because his size could make him so versatile. Programs will have options with him on the field, especially since he has two years of high school football left to demonstrate his full ability.
Nebraska offered 4-star running back and Atlanta native Jo’Quavious Marks. Most of his 14 offers are from heavy hitters, with Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Miami, Florida and Ohio State already extending offers. The 5-11 back weighs 170 pounds.
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