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National Signing Day is almost here
When you wake up Wednesday, National Signing Day finally will be here.
It’s set up to be a busy day for the Nebraska football program and its fans. Sure, some of the allure is stolen because of the early signing period, during which Nebraska signed 12 prospects. But with seven commitments heading into Wednesday, and the possibility of adding five or six more recruits to the class, Signing Day is important.
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It’s going to be a great day. Get excited.
Now, let’s see where Nebraska stands with its remaining targets. At the bottom, you’ll find a schedule of when said targets will be signing.
Willie Canty, 3-star tackle: Canty took his official visit to Nebraska last weekend and it went very well. The Huskers have the edge heading into Signing Day, with Louisville as the main contender. It would be surprising if Nebraska did not sign Canty. It also would be another blow to offensive line recruiting, which the Huskers cannot afford at this point.
Andre Hunt, 3-star wide receiver: Offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters did an excellent job of building a relationship with Hunt in January. His official visit last weekend was a huge success. Nebraska has big plans for him in its offense. He also is considering Oregon State and San Diego State. His announcement will be televised on a regional FOX Sports channel.
Caleb Tannor, 4-star outside linebacker: Auburn seemingly has taken itself out of the race for Tannor. That’s big news, because the Tigers were the leaders for Tannor following his de-commitment from Georgia in November. Nebraska hosted Tannor for his first official visit from Jan. 12-14 and quickly built a relationship with him. There’s space in the class if he wants in. This might come down to Florida and Nebraska. The Huskers may not come out on top, but things are moving in the right direction.
Maurice Washington, 4-star running back: Washington’s whirlwind month will end on Signing Day. His announcement will be televised on ESPN2. He will decide between Arizona State and Nebraska, and the Huskers have the momentum following his official visit last weekend. Washington loves the coaching staffs and campuses at both schools, but Nebraska fans should feel comfortable with where things stand.
Jarrett Bell, 3-star offensive lineman: At one point, Bell seemed to be a heavy lean for Nebraska. He certainly was the Huskers’ top offensive line target after the early signing period and his official visit from Jan. 12-14 went well. However, a visit to Arizona State the next weekend and indecision on his part has cooled things on both sides. He’ll likely wind up with the Sun Devils.
Javontae Jean-Baptiste, 4-star outside linebacker: There was bad news Tuesday for Nebraska fans regarding Jean-Baptiste. A source close to him said he is “all over the place.” When asked where his decision stood, the source didn’t even mention Nebraska, saying that Ohio State, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech have all been the choice at one point in the last 24 hours. This is a wild recruitment that will come down to the wire, with the Huskers’ odds of hanging on becoming less likely by the minute.
Cam Taylor, 3-star athlete: The only thing keeping Taylor from safely landing with the Huskers is a potential offer from Auburn. The Tigers need to first see how things play out on their end before offering him. The offer may be too much to refuse for Taylor.
Ken Montgomery, 4-star cornerback: Montgomery’s official visit last weekend went well and even surprised him, in a good way. The Huskers will be contenders when he decides between them, Louisville and Maryland. Montgomery’s a tough read, and if things don’t work out between him and Nebraska it won’t be because the Huskers didn’t want him.
Otito Ogbonnia, 3-star defensive tackle: Ogbonnia has the Huskers in his top four following his official visit over the weekend. Texas Tech, Tennessee and UCLA are the other suitors for him. Like Montgomery, this decision seems up in the air. Nebraska could certainly use him.
Taiyon Palmer, 4-star cornerback: Palmer remains Nebraska’s top cornerback target. The problem for Nebraska is that Palmer listing the Huskers No. 1 is looking unlikely. He has the Huskers in his top three, but N.C. State is the favorite, and not much has changed in the last few weeks. Tennessee also is in the mix.
Signing Day schedule
Here’s a timeline of when Nebraska’s targets are expected to sign Wednesday (all times Central):
- Jean-Baptiste: 7 a.m.
- Tannor: 7:45 a.m.
- Montgomery: 8:40 a.m.
- Taylor: 9 a.m.
- Canty: 9:30 a.m.
- Ogbonnia: 10 a.m.
- Palmer: 1:30 p.m.
- Washington: 1:45 p.m. (ESPN2)
- Bell: 3 p.m.
- Hunt: 3 p.m.
Six Nebraska commits also are expected to sign Wednesday: Cam’ron Jones (7:45 a.m.), Dominick Watt (7:30 a.m.), Braxton Clark, Casey Rogers, Miles Jones and C.J. Smith.
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