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Nebraska offer to Jaydon Hill welcomed with open arms
Jaydon Hill should have seen the signs that a Nebraska offer would eventually come his way. First there was the communication with program staffers and assistants. Then defensive coordinator Erik Chinander followed him on Twitter, which came with a message — an offer.
Did he really not see this coming?
“It was really a surprise,” Hill said. “It was out of nowhere, really.”
Whether the offer caught him off guard is not the point. What matters is that Nebraska is quickly building a relationship with the talented cornerback from Madison, Ala. Hill is the No. 51 corner and No. 625 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Chinander invited Hill to the Huskers’ first junior day, which will take place next week. He won’t be able to make that trip, though.
“But I’ll be down there at Nebraska soon,” Hill said. “Sometime this spring.”
A possible date for Hill to visit is April 21, when the Huskers will play their annual spring game. There’s also another junior day that Hill might be able to attend.
Hill said he does not know much about Nebraska as a program. What he does know, though, is Scott Frost’s track record and the undefeated season the staff turned in at UCF. Their move to Nebraska pleased Hill. Frost’s presence in Lincoln also has the attention of Hill’s parents.
“They think [the offer] is big, because they like Coach Frost,” Hill said. “They like what he did at UCF.”
Hill has racked up 28 offers. In about a month, Hill said, he will cut the list to 10. Although Hill has not seen Nebraska or learned much about his potential fit on the defense, he said the Huskers “for sure” have a good chance to make that list.
When asked to describe himself as a player, Hill used the word “confident.”
“That’s probably the one word I’d use if I had to choose,” he said.
As a cornerback, Hill said he uses a combination of mind and skill to coax turnovers and break up passes.
“For my position, my strongest attribute is, I think, playing the ball in the air and playing the quarterback,” he said.
At 6-foot, Hill is on the tall side for a corner. That makes sense, since the Huskers defense is tailored to cornerbacks who have more size.
Hill’s offer also indicates that Nebraska will not be afraid to recruit in Alabama, despite it normally being reserved for programs based in the South. Chinander himself is in charge of recruiting Alabama. The staff earned a win there in the 2018 class, landing 3-star athlete Cam Taylor.
Ohio running back has Nebraska in top group
Nebraska offered one of the top running backs in the Midwest on the final day of February.
Less than a week later, 3-star prospect John Bivens included the Huskers in his top 6, along with Toledo, Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Cal. Bivens holds only 10 offers, but Nebraska appears to be in serious contention for his commitment. He is the 27th-ranked running back in the 2019 class and is a top-400 overall prospect.
The Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter standout possesses a combination of power and speed. At 6-1 and 205 pounds, the Huskers have recruited bigger backs, but Bivens’ shiftiness, somewhat surprising for his size, has enticed the staff in Lincoln.
Expect Nebraska to sign at least two running backs in this class.
Huskers offer Miami commit
Not much has been made of the 2020 recruiting class yet, especially at Nebraska. The coaches had to work hard to close out the 2018 class, creating more work in the last six weeks to address their boards for 2019.
However, the Huskers offered receiver Leonard Manuel on Tuesday. He announced the offer on Twitter.
He has no composite ranking yet, but 247Sports lists him as the second-ranked receiver and No. 12 overall prospect in the 2020 class. The Ocala, Fla., native is committed to Miami. The 6-4 recruit owns 29 offers.
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