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Jayme Simmons talks Nebraska offer
Nebraska will not be afraid to recruit Alabama.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander will lead the charge recruiting the state and already has had success there, landing 3-star athlete Cam Taylor, who can play on either side of the ball.
Now, Chinander has turned his attention to an under-the-radar offensive lineman from Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson, Jayme Simmons. He is not yet rated by the 247Sports composite rankings, but 247Sports has him as a 3-star recruit and the 54th-ranked tackle in the class.
“It came out of nowhere,” Simmons told Land of 10. “Coach Chinander followed me that day [Saturday]. He said he liked my film and was going to show it to my position coach [offensive line coach Greg Austin]. He told me to give him a call.
“It was big. It was exciting.”
The offer was Simmons’ 11th overall and first Power 5 one. Simmons said he would consider visiting during his spring break in a couple of weeks.
The interest from Simmons in Nebraska stems from the fact it was the first program to give him a chance at the Power 5 level. He will always remember that they got in on the ground floor of his recruitment, he said.
“I’ve got loyalty,” he added. “That gives [Nebraska] an advantage.”
The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Simmons said the Huskers like him at tackle, and he agreed with Chinander that he would fit in well at Nebraska.
UAB and Western Kentucky are the teams recruiting him hardest among those that already have offered. Kentucky, Wake Forest and Auburn, which hosted him for an unofficial visit last week, are some of the programs that have been in contact with Simmons but have not yet offered.
Proximity to home does not matter for Simmons, who said he will pick the school that makes him feel wanted.
“I just want to play ball,” he said.
On the field, Simmons said he moves well for a lineman.
“I’m very athletic for my position — fast and aggressive,” he said.
That sounds like the type of player Austin wants to recruit and mold into the backbone of Scott Frost’s offense. Nebraska will have an edge with Simmons throughout his recruitment because of the early offer and opportunity. Feeling wanted is an important part of recruiting, and the Huskers have succeeded in that regard with Simmons.
Huskers offer Luke McCaffrey, brother of Christian McCaffrey
Nebraska’s search for a quarterback in the 2019 class reached a prospect with a familiar surname.
Luke McCaffrey, son of former Denver Broncos star receiver Ed McCaffrey and brother of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, picked up a Nebraska offer Monday. The nation’s No. 43-ranked athlete is also listed as a dual-threat quarterback, and Nebraska likely sees him that way, with quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco offering him (Verduzco also recruits the Mountain West parts of the country).
Last summer, McCaffrey camped with Ohio State and took unofficial visits to Notre Dame and UCLA. He holds 10 offers total, with Michigan, Duke (where his other older brother, Max, played), along with in-state programs Colorado and Colorado State.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian product is the No. 2 player in the state. Colorado usually yields a signee or two in each class for Nebraska. In the Class of 2018, 4-star defensive end Tate Wildeman — also the state’s second-ranked recruit in his class — signed with Nebraska.
Nebraska had one of its quarterback targets, 5-star athlete Isaiah Williams, commit to Illinois over the weekend. He would have been a nice fit in Frost’s offense, but McCaffrey presents another interesting option. He has his father’s height, unlike Christian, and can scramble for chunk yardage. His film shows he has a nice arm with good touch, but could use a bit more zip.
McCaffrey threw for 6 touchdowns and 878 yards on 54 completions as a junior, according to MaxPreps. He added 548 yards and 9 scores rushing.
Nebraska has offers out to nine other quarterbacks in the class. Among them, 4-star quarterback Max Duggan is the highest priority for the Huskers. Duggan is looking to make a decision soon. If it’s bad news for Nebraska, the Huskers will have to look at other options.
That’s why the offer to McCaffrey makes plenty of sense. He comes from a football family, grew up with some proximity to Nebraska and will have the chance to play quarterback, most likely. McCaffrey to Nebraska may never happen, but it’s a noteworthy offer with potential.
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