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Nebraska staying active on recruiting trail with 4 more offers
Another day, another handful of offers from Nebraska out on the recruiting trail.
Over the early signing period and Christmas weekend, the Huskers extended offers to nine prospects. They followed up that momentum by offering four more prospects between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday. While most of the previous offers went to wide receivers, this set of offers indicates the Huskers’ need to address several position groups at once.
Nebraska wants to add at least one more offensive lineman and perhaps two or three defensive linemen, depending on the academic eligibility of Masry Mapieu. So the Huskers doled out offers to three defensive linemen in the last day, along with another at an interior line spot.
The rollout of offers from Nebraska coaches since assuming their jobs about four weeks ago has been impressive. They’ve done their homework, and now they’re ramping up for a crucial January recruiting period, when they anticipate adding between six and eight prospects, depending on attrition from the current roster.
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Let’s look at the four latest prospects to receive Nebraska offers.
OL Blake McDonald, 3 stars, Danville (San Ramon Valley), Calif.
McDonald is a former UCLA commit, having been pledged to the Bruins for nearly seven months before de-committing on Nov. 5. He also holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado, California, Washington State and Utah. Nebraska became his 12th offer. McDonald has not taken any official visits yet, so January will be an important month for him.
According to his 247Sports evaluation, McDonald is “among the most physical linemen in the area. He’s strong at the point of attack, a road grader as a run blocker and plays through the whistle. He’s a strong kid, moves well and plays with a mean streak.”
McDonald is also from the same hometown as former Nebraska running back Roy Helu Jr. They both attended the same high school, too.
When he de-committed from UCLA in November, he insisted more than football (and the fact that former coach Jim Mora was on his way out) influenced his decision.
McDonald is the No. 33 guard in the class, according to the 247Sports composite.
DL Jamarcus Chatman, 3 stars, Rome, Ga.
Chatman, the No. 29 defensive tackle in the class, committed to Tennessee on June 25, then took three unofficial visits to the Volunteers before de-committing on Dec. 11. Since then, he’s taken an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech and picked up offers from Florida State and Nebraska. His 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions are currently all over the place, so it will be interesting to see how Nebraska factors in. Chatman combines power with athleticism, and although he may have to clean up his technique, he has the makings of a potentially dominant player at the next level, according to his 247Sports evaluation. Chatman now has 60 offers, to provide an idea of how widely he’s been recruited.
DT Moro Ojomo, 3 stars, Katy, Texas
Ojomo’s stock rose dramatically as a result of a strong senior season, and college programs across the country took notice. Since Dec. 5, he’s received offers from Boise State, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, Tennessee, Notre Dame, and now, Nebraska. It’s all setting up for a whirlwind January for the No. 36 defensive tackle in the class. It looks like the Huskers will have to overcome strong pushes from in-state players Texas and Texas A&M to land Ojomo. He is 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds already, making him a likely nose tackle candidate in Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme.
DE Casey Rogers, 3 stars, Avon (Old Farms), Conn.
The Northeast is not known for producing talent-rich prospects, but it’s usually a good place to find under-the-radar recruits. Such may be the case with Rogers, whose recruitment has also picked up this month. Since December began, he’s received offers from Vanderbilt, California, Temple, Indiana, Oregon State and Rutgers. He’s also taken visits to Ohio State and Alabama this month, but has yet to receive an offer from either.
Rogers is 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, so he projects as a defensive end in Nebraska’s scheme. The Huskers’ offer caught his attention, according to Brian Dohn of 247Sports.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity at Nebraska,” Rogers told Dohn. “With a new coaching staff on there way in, Nebraska could be a very powerful team, especially with their history and how successful they used to be, it’s only a matter of time before they will be fighting for the Big Ten championship and even a national championship.”
Rahmir Johnson discusses Nebraska offer
After school last Wednesday, Rahmir Johnson had a phone call waiting for him. It was Nebraska coach Scott Frost, who offered the 2019 4-star running back recruit.
“We were just really talking about the program and how in the future it’s going to be a great program and all that stuff,” Johnson told Land of 10 about the conversation.
The timing of the offer was important for Johnson, especially since it was the first day of the early signing period. It signaled Nebraska’s genuine interest in the Oradell, N.J., native.
“It is kind of surprising because it [was] signing day,” Johnson said. “I’m sure [Frost] is busy working on his recruits and all that stuff. It meant a lot for me for him to offer me on signing day.”
Despite Nebraska’s 4-8 record last season, Johnson said Frost’s arrival leads him to believe the Huskers will rebound quickly.
“He had great success at Oregon, UCF,” Johnson said. “I expect no different at Nebraska.”
Johnson called Frost’s scheme a “great offense.” At Bergen Catholic, which is a regional powerhouse, Johnson plays in a fast-paced spread system and is comfortable with that style of play.
“I think I fit into the offense pretty perfectly,” he said.
Frost invited Johnson to Lincoln for the spring game, and Johnson said he hoped to attend.
“The spring game would definitely be a trip to make,” he said.
The No. 24 running back in his class is far from making a decision, but he said he wants to commit during the summer.
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