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Huskers make latest cut for Lloyd Summerall
Lloyd Summerall’s impressive performance on the camp circuit this offseason has garnered plenty of attention. That includes recognition from Nebraska, which is definitely in the market for a pass-rushing playmaker in the 2019 recruiting class. The 12th-ranked weakside defensive end and No. 188 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite rankings, has rewarded the Huskers’ interest by naming them to his top 12 list of schools, which he released Sunday night.
— Lloyd Summerall lll🎋 (@HimsoHam) April 14, 2018
Penn State was the only other Big Ten team to make the cut.
In February, Summerall told Rivals’ Rob Cassidy about his interest in Nebraska.
“They say it’s nice,” Summerall said of the Huskers. “So I want to see what it’s like, going out that far [away from home].”
The Auburndale (Fla.) Senior High standout noticed what the current Nebraska staff accomplished at Central Florida last season and the goal is to get a closer look at the program. UCF is about 90 minutes away from where Summerall grew up.
To give you an idea of how high some programs are on Summerall, Alabama coach Nick Saban paid him a visit during the open period in January. Florida State, which offered Summerall the same day Nebraska did (Jan. 18), is the consensus leader for him right now, holding all seven of the predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Summerall could potentially be an immediate contributor wherever he attends school. But the Huskers will have a need there in the class and could offer early playing time. In the 2018 class, Nebraska pulled 4-star outside linebacker Caleb Tannor from Georgia after many expected he would play somewhere in the Southeast. The Huskers will try to replicate that recruiting success with Summerall.
There aren’t any immediate plans to host Summerall for a visit, but perhaps the summer will give him an opportunity to set aside a few days for a trip; or, he could wait and use one of his five official visits to Nebraska during the season.
Last month, Summerall visited Miami twice — once for an unofficial visit and once to attend a junior day event. Florida State and Georgia have also already hosted him for unofficial visits.
With 12 teams still in the picture, it’s far too early to predict where he will wind up. Nebraska, however, is in the running, which is all the Huskers can ask for at this stage in the cycle.
Kansas City defensive end hopeful for Nebraska offer following junior day visit
Nebraska’s junior day events in late March / early April had a regional flair to them. One recruit on campus was Riverside (Mo.) Park Hill South 3-star defensive end Etinosa Reuben, who attended the first junior day for the new coaching staff on March 31.
“It was good,” Reuben told Land of 10. “I liked it.”
Reuben said his favorite part of the day was watching the Huskers practice. The facilities also left an impression on him.
“I saw the practice facility when we were walking in,” he said; “They had this big, glass tunnel and it just led to the practice arena.”
The practice also gave him a feel for the coaching staff. Defensive line coach Mike Dawson stood out to him and the two talked for a little while.
“He’s a good coach,” Reuben said. “He coaches his players to where they need to be.”
Another highlight of the day was talking with Scott Frost. The coach offered Reuben an explanation as to why the Huskers have yet to offer him, as well as what he can do to improve his chances of receiving one.
“He said they haven’t offered too many guys because they want to make sure they’re getting the right guys,” he said.
Reuben, who is ranked as the No. 29 strongside defensive end and No. 433 overall prospect in the class, said the Huskers’ plan is to visit him at school during the evaluation period, which begins this week. Reuben took unofficial visits to Kansas State and Oklahoma last month. He holds 11 offers total, with Minnesota, Missouri, Arizona State, Purdue and Notre Dame among the schools offering.
He would obviously like to receive a Nebraska offer and have the opportunity to be a part of what the staff pitched to him — a revival.
“I know that they’re trying to build it back up to what it used to be,” Reuben said. “They said they want to bring back the culture that they used to have.”
The Kansas City-area native is 6-4 and 255 pounds. Nebraska is looking for two or three defensive lineman in the class. With running backs coach Ryan Held recruiting the area heavily in this class, perhaps an offer could heading Reuben’s way sooner rather than later.
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