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Andre Hunt ready for official visit to Nebraska
With commitments from five wide receivers in the 2018 recruiting class, Nebraska certainly doesn’t have a need at wideout. But the fact that the Huskers are hosting 3-star receiver Andre Hunt for an official visit this weekend signals how much the staff likes him. It also makes sense, as coach Scott Frost has expressed his desire to bring in more scholarship receivers. Offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters has spearheaded Hunt’s recruitment.
Hunt said he won’t be looking for one thing in particular during the visit. He just wants to gain a feel for the school.
He is looking forward to sitting down and talking with Frost, who visited him at his home in Lancaster, Calif., last week. Walters accompanied Frost on the visit and has twice checked in with Hunt separately.
“I’ve heard great things about the facilities there. That’s definitely something I’m looking forward to, and meeting players currently on the team,” Hunt said.
The relationship Hunt has built with Walters has left him with few questions heading into the weekend.
“Most have been answered in relation to football,” Hunt said. “I think my parents will definitely have some [questions] related to academics, but I don’t have anything that comes to mind right now.”
The staff has made Hunt feel like they really want him in Lincoln.
“I’ve been in contact with either coach Frost or coach Walters almost every day since they offered,” Hunt said. “So yeah, I feel pretty good about that part of things.”
Oregon State and San Diego State hosted the former USC commit for official visits in January.
“All my officials have been really good,” he said. “I can see myself in both programs that I officially visited to. It’s all about fit now, both on and off field.”
Hunt will make the trip with his parents. After the trip, the trio plans to sit down on Super Bowl Sunday to reach a decision. Hunt won’t announce his choice until National Signing Day; the announcement will be televised on a regional FOX Sports network.
Breaking down other visitors, Huskers’ chances
The final recruiting weekend for the 2018 class will be a busy one on campus. Here’s a list of other visitors set to visit this weekend, confirmed by Land of 10.
Running back Maurice Washington, 4 stars, Cedar Hill, Texas
It’s no secret how much Nebraska values Washington. Nearly the entire staff visited him at school Wednesday in advance of his visit. The momentum is swinging back in the direction of Nebraska following his Arizona State visit two weekends ago. The Huskers could seal the deal with a strong visit this weekend. We’ll know for sure Wednesday when he announces his decision on one of the ESPN channels.
Cornerback Ken Montgomery, 4 stars, Tampa, Fla.
A visit not scheduled until this week, Montgomery opted to check out Nebraska instead of Penn State. Nebraska has declared a need at the position. But with one cornerback commit, Braxton Clark, and a hard lean in Cam Taylor, it’s worth asking whether there is room in the class for him. There’s been no Crystal Ball movement for Montgomery, but perhaps his visit will sway things.
Defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia, 3 stars, Katy, Texas
Ogbonnia’s recruitment picked up mightily in January. He’s already taken official visits to Texas Tech, Tennessee, UCLA and Ole Miss. Nebraska would make room in the class to add another defensive tackle. There’s a chance this decision ultimately comes down to another battle between the Huskers and Volunteers.
Tackle Willie Canty, 3 stars, Belle Glade, Fla.
Canty is down to his final two schools, Louisville and Nebraska. He visited the Cardinals last weekend. Nebraska would like to add a tackle and that spot likely will come down to Canty or Jalan Robinson, who just wrapped up an unofficial visit to Nebraska during the week.
- Joseph Norwood, the athlete from Chattanooga, Tenn., we wrote about Wednesday, has not responded to messages asking whether defensive coordinator Erik Chinander indeed visited him Thursday and whether he scheduled an official visit. We will provide an update if we hear something.
Top target schedules official visit to Texas A&M
Javontae Jean-Baptiste, a 4-star outside linebacker from Oradell, N.J., is set to announce his decision Wednesday. This looked like a three-team race between Ohio State, Nebraska and Virginia Tech, but now an SEC school is in the mix.
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher visited Jean-Baptiste on Wednesday at his school and set up an official visit for this weekend, adding another wrinkle to his recruitment. The Ohio State staff, led by Urban Meyer, checked in on him Thursday, according to Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly.
Nebraska still holds the momentum with Jean-Baptiste, as well as 91 percent of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. But check back after the weekend to see whether the Aggies threw a wrench into Nebraska’s pursuit.
In-state 2019 prospects move up in 247Sports rankings
The state of Nebraska has a nice stable of talent in its 2019 class, something of which Frost and the Huskers plan on taking advantage.
247Sports released an updated list of its 2019 rankings, and two Omaha Burke prospects checked in high on the list.
Nick Henrich is No. 69 overall on the list and is the No. 4 inside linebacker. Teammate Chris Hickman is ranked as the No. 3 tight end and the No. 115 overall prospect, according to the site.
Henrich and Hickman are the top two prospects in the state.
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