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John Olmstead no longer considering Huskers
Nebraska hosted 4-star offensive lineman John Olmstead for an unofficial visit on April 6. Despite the Metuchen, N.J. native’s positive reviews of the trip, the Huskers were not in the top 5 he tweeted on Saturday. He will announce his commitment this Friday.
Michigan, Rutgers and Minnesota are the three Big Ten schools to make the cut for the No. 18 tackle in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Ole Miss and Notre Dame also made his top five. 5Irish hold all 12 of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Olmstead and are the heavy favorite to receive his commitment.
Olmstead was a target for Nebraska back with the previous staff, too. However, I got the sense communication waned when Scott Frost took over. He still held Nebraska in high-enough regard to visit Lincoln.
Top 5 ‼️I will be committing to one of these schools on April 20.@bordenfb4ever @GregTufaro @FalconsSJHS @StJosephFB @StJoesMetuchen @AlyssaM_Davis @hilliard_ron @SJCoachHills @coachransone16 pic.twitter.com/hTWB2sOHau
— John Olmstead (@JOHNNYO_72) April 14, 2018
New Jersey has been a state of interest for the Huskers in the current cycle. Their activity there is something to monitor as 2019 recruiting picks up, even though they missed on Olmstead.
Nick Henrich earns U.S. Army All-American honors
Nick Henrich is Nebraska’s second-ranked prospect in 2019. But he’s received plenty of recognition nationally, most notably earning a bid to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Friday.
The prestigious game will feature top recruits from across the country converging on San Antonio, Texas the weekend of Jan. 5, 2019. Henrich, the 10th-ranked inside linebacker in the class, will be the first player from Nebraska to participate in the event since former Nebraska linebacker Josh Banderas in 2013. Banderas signed with the Huskers and enjoyed a solid career in Lincoln.
The challenge for the current coaching staff will be convincing Henrich to follow in Banderas’ footsteps. Nebraska is still searching for a foothold in Henrich’s recruitment. The Omaha Burke native is expected to be on campus for an unofficial visit sometime this week.
“It’s truly an honor to have the chance to represent Omaha Burke and Nebraska in such a prestigious game,” Henrich told the Omaha World-Herald.
Owen Pappoe posts outrageous numbers, another commitment date change
The saga of Owen Pappoe’s commitment announcement has taken another twist. DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell reported the date has moved up from May 5 to May 1. The Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High star will make the announcement on a local network affiliate.
The date change does not change the fact that Pappoe is trending away from the Huskers after he expressed desire to take an official visit during the 2018 season. However, the 5-star outside linebacker has scheduled visits to a variety of SEC schools (Florida, Auburn and Georgia, among others, for example) and will check out Texas the week prior to the new announcement date.
Owen Pappoe with a Nike Football rating of 147.82. Highest ever at a Nike Opening regional. pic.twitter.com/XndH12nejn
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) April 15, 2018
Nebraska made Pappoe’s original top 3 six months ago. Since then, more schools have entered the picture for the No. 7 overall prospect and top-ranked outside linebacker. Auburn will likely be the favorite for him heading into the announcement, but Georgia should make things interesting.
At The Opening Regionals in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, the 6-foot recruit posted exemplary results in various events. He ran a 4.47-second laser-timed 40-yard dash, posted a 4-second flat shuttle drill and a registered 40-inch vertical jump. Pappoe also demonstrated his strength with a 45-inch power ball toss in earning an invite to The Opening Finals this summer.
Unfortunately for Nebraska, it does not look like Pappoe will be displaying that talent in Memorial Stadium.
Colorado lineman takes unofficial visit with Huskers
After hosting Colorado native Luke McCaffrey for junior April 7, Nebraska hosted another Centennial State prospect this weekend.
Isaac Townsend, a defensive lineman from Arvada Ralston Valley Senior High School. He is not yet rated in the composite rankings, but 247Sports lists him as the No. 4 recruit in Colorado for the Class of 2019.
— Isaac Townsend (@IsaacTownsend13) April 14, 2018
Townsend and his 6-6, 235-pound frame have plenty of upside. With the Huskers seeking bodies on the defensive line in this class, perhaps they won’t have to look too far for one.
Nebraska offered Townsend on Jan. 22. His trip to Lincoln came right after an unofficial visit to Oregon, during which the Ducks extended to offer. He holds seven offers total, with Iowa State, Boise State, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington State also offering.
By the looks of it, Townsend spent time with Frost, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, defensive line coach Mike Dawson and inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud. As the only confirmed visitor this weekend, there was likely ample opportunity for personal encounters with the staff.
Townsend is certainly a prospect to keep an eye on.
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