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John Olmstead planning April visit with Huskers
The list of which prospects visiting Nebraska in the coming weeks is becoming clearer. On Monday, 4-star tackle John Olmstead tweeted he would be heading to Nebraska on April 6 for an unofficial visit. The trip is part of a five-school swing Olmstead will make during his spring break.
Olmstead, who named the Huskers to his top 10 last week, will be in Lincoln following visits with LSU and Ole Miss. After his Nebraska visit, Olmstead will move on to Notre Dame and Michigan. The Irish hold all nine of the predictions on Olmstead’s 247Sports Crystal Ball. This week will determine whether or not that changes.
Olmstead is the 18th-ranked tackle and No. 168 overall prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. He is 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds.
Rutgers, Ohio State, Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin are also in contention for Olmstead, who holds 34 known offers. There’s clearly a Big Ten flair to his recruitment. The conference prides itself on strong line play, and Olmstead wants to play with and compete against the best.
Olmstead is a native of Metchuen, N.J., and attends Saint Joseph High School, one of the elite programs in the state. Huskers defensive end coach Mike Dawson is in charge of recruiting New Jersey, an area Nebraska can have success if it dedicates some resources. The staff has done a good enough job to convince Olmstead to take a visit. Now, the Huskers will have to wow him during the trip to put themselves into serious contention for him.
The competition will be stiff, that’s for sure.
Nebraska makes top groups for elite prospects
Nebraska keeps making top groups for elite prospects across the country. This week alone, three prospects have declared the Huskers are among their primary suitors: 4-star safety Jalyn Phillips, 4-star receiver Jameson Williams and 4-star cornerback Sheridan Jones.
Making cuts is important in the recruiting game, but it doesn’t mean much if the school doesn’t have a chance with the recruit. So let’s take a realistic look at the Huskers’ chances with these top-level prospects.
Phillips released a top 10 over the weekend. Ohio State is the only other Big Ten program to make that list. The Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer prospect is also considering Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson, among others. He’s cut the list from the 54 reported offers he has (an astronomical number). Taiyon Palmer, a cornerback in the 2018 class who had the Huskers in his top 3 before signing with North Carolina State, also went to Archer. Nebraska started building its relationship with Phillips then and the work has paid off, so far. The Huskers will target prospects in Georgia, so expect the staff to prioritize Phillips, who is the No. 29 safety and No. 353 prospect overall. He showed out in a big way at The Opening Atlanta regional last weekend before deciding to drop his top 10. Phillips is coming off an unofficial visit with Georgia and has an official visit to Oklahoma planned for April.
Williams unearthed a top eight on Monday. Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, UCLA and USC also made the cut. He’s received 43 offers, so this is a significant cutdown. The previous staff started the relationship with Williams, and it looks like Scott Frost and his assistants have kept that going. The St. Louis native, who attends Cardinal Ritter College Prep, is from a city the Huskers will prioritize in the 2019 cycle. The 6-2, 160-pound recruit is a top-250 overall prospect and No. 43 receiver in the class. He unofficially visited with Oregon on March 10. The next step for Williams and Nebraska will be to bring him to campus. Nebraska is hosting junior days the next two weekends. The spring game on April 21 also presents a visiting opportunity. The Buckeyes hold all five of the predictions in Williams’ 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
Ohio State is also in the driver’s seat for Jones, with both of the Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Buckeyes for Jones. He is the 17th-ranked corner and No. 139 prospect. Nebraska offered him on March 12. Twelve days later, he named the Huskers to his top 7, along with Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. The Norfolk (Va.) Maury standout comes from a region the Huskers don’t normally recruit, but Jones must be excited about the potential of Nebraska’s future. At 6-foot and 170 pounds, he is long enough for a corner, which is the type of athlete Nebraska likes to recruit at the position. Jones will take an unofficial visit with the Buckeyes this weekend.
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