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Three’s company for Nebraska on spring game weekend
So to recap: Nebraska added 3 players to its 2018 class this weekend.
The haul began Friday night with CB Brendan Radley-Hiles, rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 5 corner in the class per 247Sports. A commitment by 4-star WR Manuel Allen on Saturday morning, and Tate Wildeman, a 3-star defensive end, completed the hat trick on Sunday morning. And that doesn’t include Nebraska’s first 2019 commit, 4-star WR Marquez Beason, who made his announcement Saturday.
Nebraska’s 2018 class now has 7 commits, with 4-star TE Cameron Jurgens, 4-star WR Eric Fuller, 3-star C Will Farniok and 3-star DT Masry Mapieu rounding out the group. The Huskers’ class currently ranks 10th in the nation, though none of the teams ahead of the Huskers have fewer than 7 commitments (and 5 of the 9 programs have more than 7).
So the natural question is, who’s next?
Here are 3 possibilities:
4-star ATH Mario Goodrich
Mario Goodrich, from Lee’s Summit (Mo.), is rated the No. 18 athlete and No. 6 player in Missouri for 2018. He was in Lincoln for the spring game, and all 9 of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have him choosing Nebraska. He’s been a heavy lean to the Huskers for some time.
If he does commit, he’d be Nebraska’s fifth recruit secured from within a 500-mile radius from Lincoln. The others are Jurgens, Farniok, Mapieu and Wildeman.
4-star ATH Talanoa Hufanga
Talanoa Hufanga is the No. 3 athlete and No. 1 recruit from Oregon in the 2018 class, and just misses the national Top 100 (No. 106).
From Corvallis, Ore., (where Riley grew up and coached for 14 years), Hufanga has 14 total offers, including Oregon, Oregon State and Michigan. But being from Corvallis also means being in the Beavers’ backyard — the only 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for Hufanga is indeed for Oregon State.
Riley made it a point to talk to Hufanga more than once during his visit this weekend, even introducing the recruit to University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds.
There have been hints on Twitter that Hufanga could be the next Huskers commit, too.
— Todd McShane (@TheToddMcShane) April 16, 2017
4-star DT Calvin Avery
Avery is the No. 17 defensive tackle in the 2018 class. He visited Lincoln with Damion Daniels, a 2017 Nebraska signee. Daniels was in Avery’s ear all afternoon, and defensive line coach John Parrella spoke to Avery for quite a while on the field before the spring game.
Avery is a 6-foot-1, 310-pound defensive tackle from Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas. He currently has 18 total offers, including from Southern Cal, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.