Welcome to the Nebraska recruiting mailbag. Each Tuesday, Land of 10 Nebraska recruiting reporter Chris Bumbaca will tackle the latest recruiting questions from readers. Ask your question for a chance to be featured in next week’s mailbag by tweeting him @BOOMbaca. As always, thank you for the questions!
Just wanted to start off by saying that I’m super excited to be starting this feature on Land of 10. Interacting with fans is important to me, and I want you all to get answers to your questions. I’m by no means a savant, but I’ll do my best. I also won’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.” To me, that’s better than handing out false information.
Let’s get to it.
Has Frost and his new staff offered or contacted Terry Wilson? If not, have you heard if they have any interest? He’s the JUCO QB that was at Oregon with Frost? I haven’t seen anything. Thank you — RJ
RJ emailed me this question on Monday and now I have a question for RJ. Are you psychic? Just kidding. The connection between Frost and Wilson now that Frost is at Nebraska seems too good to be true. Earlier Tuesday, Wilson told Mike Schaefer of 247Sports that he will be taking an official visit to Nebraska this weekend.
I’m not sure whether an offer has been officially extended, but I’m sure it’s something they can work out during the visit. If Wilson really wants to commit to the Huskers, an offer will almost certainly be provided.
I think things are looking good for a Frost-Wilson reunion. The “fit” is there. It’s also a great sign for Huskers fans that Wilson cancelled his only remaining scheduled official visit — to Kentucky — in favor of checking out Nebraska this weekend.
Status of Bookie? Think he may recommit?
— Reynold Castaneda (@rcas2104) December 4, 2017
Another well-timed question! You all are really good at this. Also early Tuesday, Brendan-Radley Hiles (aka “Bookie”) came out with his weekly diary, as told to Land of 10’s Erin Sorensen. It was the 16th installment of the series, and you should check them all out.
Radley-Hiles informed us that he will be taking an official visit to Florida later this month. He also detailed how he received a phone call from Scott Frost and had a productive conversation. Furthermore, Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held visited Radley-Hiles at his school, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).
So as of right now Bookie’s recruitment remains open. His 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have him at all over the place, but with Oklahoma in the lead. I think without former Nebraska cornerbacks coach Donte Williams it will be tough for the Huskers to convince him to re-commit. His official visit to Oklahoma prompted his de-commitment from Nebraska. Also, UCLA and Chip Kelly will have a shot; Radley-Hiles is originally from the Los Angeles area.
The new staff has made more progress than I expected with Radley-Hiles. They should be applauded for that. I’m just not sure it will be enough.
Any chance that Keith Williams is retained on the staff?
— Mr. Good (@MrGood7th) December 4, 2017
Simple answer: Yes, there is a chance. But it’s complicated.
On Monday, Frost announced the majority of his new staff. One of the position groups that currently does not have a coach: receivers. That’s the role Keith Williams filled on Mike Riley’s staff. With Frost intent on bringing the bulk of his UCF staff to Lincoln, there’s a reason why the job is still open.
Frost’s offensive coordinator at UCF, Troy Walters, is serving as interim coach at UCF during bowl preparations. Walters was a candidate for the full-time opening at UCF, which ultimately went to Josh Heupel. Walters will reportedly have the chance to interview for the offensive coordinator job and remain in Orlando. If Heupel goes in a different direction, then it would make sense for Walters to link up with Frost at Nebraska.
That whole process will take shape later in the week, as Walters is at the Broyles Award ceremony. He is a finalist for the honor given to the nation’s top assistant coach.
If Walters is retained at UCF or decides to pursue options other than Nebraska, then the door opens for Williams.