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Nebraska extends more offers as dead period wraps up
Nebraska is pulling out all the stops on the recruiting trail as the sprint to National Signing Day on Feb. 7 will officially begin Thursday night, when the recruiting dead period ends.
To put themselves in favorable position, the Huskers have cast a wide net, choosing to add to a barrage of offers to a variety of prospects. That was the case this past weekend. Offers went out to another JUCO wide receiver, another quarterback and a highly ranked offensive lineman.
Let’s take a more in-depth look at who received these offers.
QB Michael Barrett, 3 stars, Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes)
Nebraska has made it clear it wants to add at least one more quarterback in the 2018 class, despite having 4-star signee Adrian Martinez already on campus. Michael Barrett is also listed as an athlete, but it appears the Huskers have offered him as a quarterback. He took an official visit to Michigan in December and has an official visit scheduled with Georgia Tech later this month. Those two schools are considered his favorites. Barrett is 6-foot and 215 pounds. During his senior season, he threw for 16 touchdowns and 1,705 yards, adding 1,195 yards and 13 scores on the ground, according to MaxPreps.com. He is considered the No. 62 athlete in the class, per the 247Sports composite.
OL Tyrone Sampson Jr., 4 stars, Detroit, Mich. (East English Village Prep)
Tyrone Sampson is listed as a center, and at 6-3 and 295 pounds will almost certainly play an interior line spot at the next level. The Huskers have only one offensive lineman in the class, Will Farniok, who is also a center, but the Huskers would certainly love to add Sampson to the class. Offensive line will be a crucial area for Nebraska on the recruiting trail over the next month. The good news here is that Sampson has reciprocated the interest, scheduling an official visit with the Huskers for Feb. 2, which is the final weekend before National Signing Day. Sampson was committed to Syracuse, but did de-committed on Dec. 20. He has another official visit scheduled with Ole Miss on Jan. 26, while Virginia and Kentucky are also contenders. Sampson is the seventh-ranked center in the class and the No. 348 overall recruit.
CB DJ Brown, 3 stars, Washington, D.C. (St. John’s College High School)
Another area of need that the staff will surely need to address is at cornerback. DJ Brown has length at 6-1 and has recently added to his list of offers. Within the last month, California, Duke, South Carolina, Clemson and Nebraska have offered, despite his current commitment to Virginia. He has official visits scheduled with Duke and Cal, and the other schools will try to get him on campus as well. Brown is an Under Armour All-American and the No. 98 cornerback in the class.
WR Mike Williams, not rated, Lake City, Fla. (East Mississippi CC)
Of Nebraska’s 14 commits and 12 signees, four are from the junior college ranks. Running backs coach Ryan Held, who oversees the Huskers’ JUCO recruiting operation, isn’t done yet. Mike Williams comes from a powerhouse JUCO program, the one featured on Netflix’s Last Chance U. Nebraska became Williams’ first Power 5 offer. He will be on campus this weekend for an official visit. Out of the crop of recent offers, a commitment from Williams is the most likely. In 12 games this season, he had 669 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Williams is 5-10 and 175 pounds. Texas Tech, Tennessee, Baylor and Kansas are other programs that have shown interest in Williams, but have yet to offer.
DT Otito Ogbonnia, 3 stars, Katy, Texas (Taylor)
Otito Ogbonnia is another prospect whose recruitment has picked up recently. UCLA, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Tennessee have all offered in the last month, with Nebraska offering Thursday. Ogbonnia is the No. 53 defensive tackle in the class. He has a true defensive tackle’s frame at 6-4 and 290 pounds. The Huskers will have plenty of competition for Ogbonnia in addition to the schools that have recently offered. Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Virginia are also in the running.
RB Darrin Smith, 3 stars, Frisco, Texas (Lone Star) (2019 prospect)
Nebraska became the first offer for Darrin Smith, who is the No. 8 all-purpose back in the Class of 2019. The offer to Smith is evidence that Nebraska will use this month to make headway in its next recruiting class as well. Houston, Illinois and SMU are also showing interest in him. According to MaxPreps.com, Smith rushed for 4 touchdowns and 552 yards this season. He added 163 receiving yards.
Ta’Zhawn Henry has Huskers in top 4
Nebraska finds itself in favorable position with 3-star running back Ta’Zhawn Henry. He will be on campus this weekend for his official visit. On Sunday night, Henry confirmed that the Huskers were indeed in solid standing with him by naming them to his top four.
Top 4 No Order!! #GodBless
Lincoln Nebraska ☠️🌽
Oregon State 🔶▪️▫️
Texas Tech ⚫️⚪️🔴
— ᵀᴴ¹ (@TazhawnHenry) January 8, 2018
Texas Tech is still considered the favorite to land Henry, but a strong visit with the Huskers could change that. He is close with fellow Texas native Cam’Ron Jones, and the 4-star safety will also be on campus this weekend for an unofficial visit. Jones’ presence, and possible future persistence, bodes well for Henry.
The Huskers will have the first crack at Henry, who has not yet taken an official visit. It’s reasonable to believe the other schools in his top four will also get visits.
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