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Huskers staff travels to Texas to meet with top RB target
Scott Frost and nearly all of his assistant coaches made the trip to the Dallas area Wednesday to meet with Maurice Washington, the 4-star running back who will take his official visit to Nebraska this weekend.
It was the first time Washington met Frost, as well as most the staff. Running backs coach Ryan Held, tight ends coach Sean Beckton and secondary coach Travis Fisher had all been down to see Washington and have built a solid relationship with him and his Cedar Hill (Texas) Trinity Christian coaches. Fisher played in the NFL with Trinity Christian coach Aveion Cason.
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Also meeting Washington for the first time was offensive coordinator Troy Walters and inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud.
Frost has brought large chunks of his staff for either in-school or in-home visits with top targets before. The Huskers staff has showed up en masse to visit prospects such as Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Taiyon Palmer and recent commit Dominick Watt. It’s a smart tactic and demonstrates to the recruit how valued he is.
The battle for Washington will come down to Nebraska and Arizona State, which he visited two weekends ago. The Huskers see him as a running back. Those close to Washington have said he may want to move to the other side of the ball to improve his NFL chances. Will that be the deciding factor? Regardless, Nebraska is certainly in it, firmly asserting themselves with their caravan of coaches.
Willie Canty has Nebraska as a finalist heading into official visit
With Nebraska looking for one more offensive lineman — two if the numbers shake out right — this week will be key. Jalan Robinson will be on campus during the week, and fellow 3-star tackle Willie Canty will take his official visit this weekend.
When Canty arrives in Lincoln, he’ll know that Nebraska is a finalist, along with Louisville, which he visited last week.
Canty told Land of 10 that he will be paying close attention to Nebraska’s sports management programs and how the coaches treat him and his mother.
Canty met Frost on Monday and said meeting him was “special.” Canty said he likes Frost’s offense and feels he’s a good fit for the Huskers’ blocking schemes.
“They make me feel like home and they have great coaches,” Canty said.
The program’s history doesn’t hold much weight with Canty, who said he doesn’t know too much about Nebraska.
Offensive line coach Greg Austin has done most of the legwork with Canty, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 290 pounds. The Huskers have been recruiting him as a potential left tackle.
Canty will announce his decision on National Signing Day. He is the No. 102 tackle in the class, according to the 247Sports composite.
Nebraska targeting Tennessee athlete
With a week left in the 2018 recruiting cycle, Nebraska coaches are still identifying targets. Such is the case with a transition class. The latest prospect to pick up significant interest from the Huskers is 3-star athlete Joseph Norwood from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Brainerd.
Norwood had a brief conversation with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Nebraska has not offered, but Chinander broached the subject of bringing him in for an official visit this weekend. Norwood, who is uncommitted, said Chinander would visit with him Thursday to talk in more detail.
“He asked me basically if I was still open for recruitment,” Norwood said of his talk with Chinander. “I told him yes, and he told me he was going to come see me, give me the rundown with some details.”
With a limited number of official visit spots remaining, the fact that Nebraska is considering setting up an official visit with Norwood signals at least some level of seriousness on the staff’s part. Still, with other defensive back targets higher on the board, it may be imprudent to think he’s anything more than a fallback option at this time.
Norwood has taken official visits to Massachusetts, Middle Tennessee State and Tulane. He is 6-1 and 170 pounds.
Tennessee has also entered the picture late for Norwood. The Volunteers have discussed having him visit this weekend. Norwood will have to pick one, though.
“Right now, I’m leaning toward Nebraska, but I can’t say for sure I would rather go to Nebraska over Tennessee,” Norwood said. “I really just want to go to a school, whichever one wants me more, whichever one I have an opportunity of playing at. I don’t want to waste any time, because I don’t have a lot of time left.
“I can’t really be too picky about it now.”
Norwood said Nebraska isn’t recruiting him at a specific position. As the No. 153 athlete in the class, he’s been recruited primarily as a safety and cornerback.
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