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2018 target Talanoa Hufanga, pair of 2019 prospects take in Ohio State game
It may not have been quite the recruiting weekend compared to the one before, but Nebraska hosted a trio of potential Huskers for the 56-14 loss against Ohio State under the lights at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.
Talanoa Hufanga, a heralded 4-star athlete from Corvallis, Ore., was among the three, taking his official visit to Lincoln. We went pretty in-depth on his recruitment process in our Friday notebook. Hufanga still has two more official visits on the docket (Michigan and USC), plus another unofficial visit to Oregon. He’s not expected to commit until the end of December, so don’t hold your breath just yet.
But with an eye toward the future, defensive end/outside linebacker Marcus Hicks and quarterback Max Duggan — both 2019 prospects — were in town for unofficial visits. From Wichita, Kan., Hicks is within the Cornhuskers’ coveted 500-mile radius in the Midwest. As for Duggan, Council Bluffs, Iowa, it’s widely expected that Iowa and Nebraska will be the front-runners in his recruitment.
Visiting Nebraska multiple times has clearly been a priority for Duggan throughout his recruitment. He made an unofficial visit in June and returned one week later to attend a camp. Two days later, Iowa hosted him for an unofficial visit. Minnesota is also vying for the Midwest hot commodity, and Duggan will make an unofficial visit there this weekend. A thumb injury caused a hiccup in Duggan’s junior season, but that won’t slow down his recruitment. As of now, he owns 13 offers — primarily from Big Ten schools though Ole Miss and North Carolina have also extended offers.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Duggan is a 4-star prospect and the eighth-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite. With no quarterback committed for the 2018 class presently, Duggan is considered a high-priority recruit.
Hicks is currently embarking on a string of unofficial visits throughout his junior year. He took an unofficial to Oklahoma the week before Nebraska. Next week, he will be at Arkansas for an unofficial visit when the Razorbacks play Auburn. Per 247Sports, Hicks owns a 4-star ranking and is the No. 1 recruit in Kansas for the 2019 cycle. Defensive line coach John Parrella is leading the charge in his recruitment for Nebraska.
Through seven games this season, Hicks has 7 sacks, 19 solo tackles (44 total) and 13 tackles for loss.
More Nebraska-Iowa recruiting competition
Iowa and Nebraska haven’t limited their 2019 recruiting competition to Duggan. The Hawkeyes on Saturday offered tight end and Nebraska target Chris Hickman. Hickman, a 3-star tight end from Burke High School (Omaha, Neb.) has held an offer from Nebraska since Sept. 23, during his unofficial visit to campus.
The Iowa offered marked the fifth offer for Hickman. He also holds offers from South Dakota State, Iowa State and Ole Miss.
Blessed to say i have received an offer to play football at the University of Iowa Hawkeyes🏈 pic.twitter.com/QB9bHR8dST
— Chris Hickman (@hickmanchris1) October 16, 2017
Nebraska itself has also stayed busy on the offers front for its 2018 class, as well. Last week, wide receiver/outside linebacker Maureese Wren (Mesquite, Texas) received an offer from the Cornhuskers.
— Maureese Wren (@MaureeseWren9) October 12, 2017
Wren committed to Arkansas on Aug. 2, but de-committed on Sept. 21. Since then, Nebraska is the only team to offer him. According to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions, the trend among experts is that Wren will play his college ball at Washington. The 3-star prospect plays mostly wideout for his Horn High School team, with 31 receptions for 543 yards and 8 touchdowns in 6 games this season.
Friday Night Lights
Each Monday, The Harvest will highlight the top performances among Nebraska’s Class of 2018 commits from the previous week. There are only 11 total commits, so we will do our best to spread the love. Here are the inaugural honorees of this week:
- Chase Williams (Corona, Calif.): Williams led his Eleanor Roosevelt High School team to a 42-6 victory against Corona with 5 receptions for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 60-yard catch, according to Max Preps. Williams is a 4-star cornerback commit, despite his contributions on the offensive side of the ball.
- David Alston (Saint Paul, Minn.): Alston returned an interception for a touchdown from midfield to help his Woodbury Senior team secure a 47-25 victory against rival East Ridge, the Woodbury Bulletin reported.
- Barret Pickering (Hoover, Ala.): Pickering hammered a 50-yard field goal from the right hashmark during his Hoover team’s 38-6 win. “I feel pretty good when I line it up from 58 yards and in,” Pickering told the Hoover Sun.
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