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Prospects impressed with Nebraska’s first junior day
The inaugural junior day of the Scott Frost era at Nebraska took place Saturday and was met with rave reviews from some priority prospects, including 4-star outside linebacker Marcus Hicks and 4-star running back Rahmir Johnson. Ethan Piper, one of three 2019 commits, said the day fired him up for the future.
A slew of other recruits from near and far also made their way to Lincoln. Here are some of their reactions:
2020 athlete Miko Maessner
“It was fun! Meeting the coaches personally and touring the campus more was a really great experience for me.”
Maessner plays running back at Kearney (Neb.) High School but projects as an athlete in college. He is 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds.
2020 lineman Dirk Nelson
“It was awesome. I’m very impressed with what Coach Frost had to say. The coaching staff is really great and I really enjoyed meeting Coach [Greg] Austin! I was very impressed.”
Nelson does not yet hold an offer from the Huskers.
“They just started to evaluate me since I’m a 2020 [recruit] and said they were very happy I came out from California so they could see me in person and see that I’m serious about them.”
2019 lineman Tre Eaton
“Incredible, first-class experience all around! Coach Frost and his staff are doing something special and I can’t wait to see how the program is going to be this fall!”
The Olathe, Kan., native does not have a Nebraska offer but the staff let him know how he could help his chances.
“[We] just kind of talked about Nebraska’s philosophy and what they want from their linemen, but also for me being able to play out in space!”
2019 Omaha North running back Zander Gray
Running backs coach Ryan Held was Gray’s point man on Saturday.
“It was very cool. It was a laid-back practice, but I liked it overall. I talked to Coach Held and he seemed like a nice guy and a good coach. I liked watching the running back drills.”
2020 Omaha Burke running back/wide receiver Xavier Watts
Offensive coordinator and receivers coach Troy Walters impressed Watts with the way he ran his unit.
“It was good. I enjoyed it. I liked watching the wide receivers get after it and I liked the drills Coach Walters had them doing,” Watts said.
Nebraska’s latest string of offers
Despite the busy weekend at home, the Huskers led into the weekend with a string of offers. Let’s take a closer look.
WR Asa Turner, 4 stars, Carlsbad, Calif.
Walters is in charge of recruiting California for the Huskers and used that as an opportunity to target some elite talent at the position he coaches. Turner is the No. 49 wideout and No. 350 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. At 6-4 and 200 pounds, Turner would provide a lengthy option in the passing game. Michigan, Oregon, Washington and UCLA are the early contenders in his recruitment. Turner holds 17 offers.
OLB Ge’mon Eaford, 4 stars, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
As one of the top outside linebackers in the class, it’s only natural for Nebraska to be interested in Eaford. The No. 11 outside linebacker and No. 172 overall prospect is coming off unofficial visits to Florida Atlantic, Auburn and Florida. Nebraska outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt is in charge of recruiting the county in which Eaford lives. The Huskers had success there in the 2018 class, landing receivers Miles Jones and Dominick Watt. There are three 247Sports Crystal Ball picks in for Eaford (Michigan, Auburn, Florida State) but the recent momentum lies with Auburn.
ATH Tristan Sinclair, 3 stars, Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley
Sinclair’s offer from Nebraska came in last Wednesday. The No. 43 athlete and No. 438 overall prospect has 13 offers. Sinclair will be busy this week, taking unofficial visits to Harvard, Notre Dame and Stanford. Judging by that group of schools, one could assume academics are important to Sinclair. Illinois is the only other Big Ten team to offer him. Sinclair performed well at The Opening regional camp in the Bay Area last month. He has the versatility to be recruited at a variety of positions, most notably defensive back and receiver. Sinclair is 6-2 and 200 pounds.
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