Five-star recruit Micah Parsons and the majority of the commits in Nebraska’s 2018 class attended the Huskers’ loss to Wisconsin on Saturday, making the game the centerpiece of one of the most star-studded recruiting weekends at Nebraska in recent memory.
A night game against a rival will bring out the big names, and that it did, leading with Parsons.
The defensive end, who is the No. 5 overall recruit in the country according to 247Sports, de-committed from Penn State in April and has since opened his recruiting options to include Nebraska. Obviously, the game’s outcome was not favorable to Nebraska, but the Huskers hope they made a solid impression on Parsons and his family as his recruitment enters the homestretch.
Who's in Nebraska ?
— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_parsons23) October 7, 2017
Parsons is a force off the edge as a pass rusher for his Harrisburg (Pa.) High School team, and Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue also speculated he could play offense in college. (He currently plays both ways.) Penn State is still most definitely in the mix for him, as are powerhouses such as Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama. It was the first time Parsons had returned to Nebraska since a Friday Night Lights event in June.
— Coach Parsons (@TeamParsons1973) October 8, 2017
Parsons’ high school team had a bye last week, allowing him to fly to Nebraska on Friday. He has 9 1/2 tackles for loss this season to complement his 6 1/2 sacks through five games. On offense, he has 16 rushing touchdowns and 526 rushing yards.
Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles (Bradenton, Fla., IMG Academy) and Joshua Moore (Yoakum, Texas), as well as in-state commits Masry Mapieu (York) and Cameron Jurgens (Beatrice), were some of the 2018 commits in attendance. Tate Wildeman (Parker, Colo.) drove in following his game Friday night.
“After my football game Friday night, we took off around 11:30,” Wildeman told Greg Smith of Hail Varsity. “We drove to Kearney. Got into Kearney around 6 a.m., slept until 11 a.m. and got into Lincoln about 1:30 or 2 o’clock.”
Attending the game with other recruits was a cool experience for Wildeman.
“Being there with all the different recruits was great,” he said. “I’ve never really got a chance to talk with the guys in-depth so it was definitely great. I had good conversation with everyone; they all have one common goal in mind. We’re excited to get things started. We all got along very well.
“It was incredible; there is nothing else like it,” he said. “Definitely very special.”
Tommy Bush, a 4-star wide receiver from Schertz, Texas, was another recruit on the sidelines, according to Clark Grell of the Lincoln Journal Star. The 4-star prospect shook hands with Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green before the game. Four-star running back TJ Pledger, who is committed to Oklahoma, tagged along with his IMG teammate Radley-Hines for the game.
Nebraska stays busy with more offers for 2018
Nebraska stayed in the Midwest for one of its latest offers, this one to Paul Moala. The 3-star safety from Mishawaka, Ind., (Penn) also holds offers from Power 5 schools such as Notre Dame, Iowa and Vanderbilt. According to 247Sports, Huskers special teams coach Scott Booker is leading the charge in Moala’s recruitment. However, Notre Dame is likely the frontrunner to keep him in Indiana.
— Paul Moala (@PaulMoala) October 8, 2017
Another 3-star recruit who received an offer from Nebraska was 3-star lineman Jalen Goss from Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes). Goss holds more than 20 scholarship offers and originally committed to Florida before reopening the process. The Huskers will try to swoop in late and nab the athletic lineman.
— Jalen Goss (@Almighty__jayy4) October 5, 2017
Although the theme of the weekend was the 2018 class meeting-up in Lincoln, Nebraska kept an eye on the 2019 class, presenting an offer to 3-star wideout Jameson Williams (Cardinal Ritter College Prep, St. Louis). He held offers from five Big Ten schools before Nebraska became the sixth, joining Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan State. Williams took an official visit to TCU last weekend.
Wyatt Liewer (O’Neill, Neb.) received a preferred walk-on offer from the Cornhuskers over the weekend. The senior wide receiver has 45 catches for 543 yards and 3 touchdowns (plus one rushing) through seven games this season. His best game came in O’Neill’s opener, when he caught 10 passes for 174 yards and 2 scores.
Super excited to say I have received a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Nebraska‼️⚪️🔴⚫️☠️ pic.twitter.com/Gej0wS9S9Z
— 〰YATT LIEWER (@WyattLiewer) October 8, 2017
Hoops gets in on action, too
The men’s basketball team hosted Zeke Nnaji (Hopkins, Minn.) on an unofficial visit Saturday and the Cornhuskers extended an offer to the 3-star recruit. The lanky Nnaji stands 6-foot-9 and weighs 195 pounds. He also holds offers from Wisconsin and Creighton, which he also visited unofficially over the weekend.
I thanks The Most High for receiving an offer from the University of Nebraska 🔴⚪️🔴 pic.twitter.com/2OaJau6J9P
— Zeke Nnaji (@ZekeNnaji_Hoopz) October 8, 2017