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Nebraska staff’s in-state swing Wednesday
With a day off from practice Wednesday and three days before Nebraska’s spring game this Saturday, the Huskers coaching staff took the opportunity to continue its in-state recruiting efforts. Several Nebraska coaches checked in with some of the state’s top prospects, as the 2019 recruiting cycle enters a boiling point.
The most notable stops of the day were made by inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud, who heads up the Huskers’ in-state recruiting operations, in the Omaha area. Ruud’s first visit was to the ever-important Burke program, where 4-star recruits Nick Henrich and Chris Hickman — the top-2 rated prospects in Nebraska — attend school. Their meeting with Ruud took place early in the morning; Ruud departed for his visit by 9 a.m. local time.
Burke coach Paul Limongi told Land of 10 the visit was “real good.” A couple of weeks ago, he said the staff’s previous visits in January fired up the entire school.
Ruud’s visit came the day after Henrich, the No. 10 inside linebacker in the class per the 247Sports composite, took an unofficial visit to Nebraska and watched the Huskers practice. The visit functioned as basically a private tour and afternoon with the coaches.
“Nick was very impressed,” Limongi told Land of 10. “He loves how the coaches coach the team.”
Henrich was coming off a string of unofficial visits this month. According to Limongi, all went well.
The Omaha World Herald’s Mike Sautter reported that Ruud’s Wednesday continued on with stops at Omaha North, Omaha Creighton Prep and Bellevue West.
Nebraska linebackers coach Barrett Ruud making the rounds in Omaha today with confirmed stops to Omaha North, Omaha Burke, Omaha Creighton Prep and Bellevue West today. #Huskers
— MikeSautterOWH (@MikeSautterOWH) April 18, 2018
Wide receiver Zavier Betts of Bellevue West is the only in-state player in the 2020 recruiting class to hold a Nebraska offer. Xavier Watts is a 2020 prospect at Burke who has a good chance of earning an offer from the Huskers.
With the evaluation period underway, Nebraska’s coaches will be hitting the road hard the next couple of weeks, especially after the spring game. Those efforts will obviously extend beyond Nebraska’s borders, but I wouldn’t expect the Huskers to ignore the prospects and schools closest to home.
Breaking down latest offers from Huskers
The Huskers have offered an under-the-radar defensive tackle from Texas. Gabriel Hall does not have a ranking on the 247Sports composite, but has a 3-star rating on 247Sports. Nebraska became his fifth offer, coming in behind Houston, Tulane, Baylor and TCU. Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M have not offered but have expressed interest. At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, the Waller, Texas, native would profile as a nose tackle in Nebraska’s defensive scheme. He’s taken unofficial visits with Baylor and Texas A&M recently.
Nebraska has also extended a few of Class of 2020 prospects in the last week. Let’s take a closer look at those players:
Running back Kendall Milton, 5 stars, Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan
Milton should be a top-10 prospect (and one of the top running backs) in the 2020 class when the updated rankings come out. Already, he’s racked up 33 offers. USC and Alabama have jumped out to early leads in his recruitment. Milton plays in the same Central California conference as Adrian Martinez in high school. He took unofficial visits to California and Florida State last month.
Tight end Darnell Washington, 4 stars, Las Vegas Desert Pines
At 6-6 and 228 pounds, Washington might project to the defensive side of the ball as his high school career progresses. Arkansas, Minnesota, Oregon, USC and Arizona State are among the nine schools that have offered Washington. He took an unofficial visit to UCLA last month. Washington projects as a top-100 recruit nationally and potentially the No. 1 prospect in Nevada.
Athlete Daniyel Ngata, 4 stars, Folsom, Calif.
Sticking with West Coast prospects, Ngata is a 5-9 athlete with 10 offers. Arizona State, Oregon, Notre Dame and Washington have also offered. Wright could be a good candidate for the Huskers’ “duck-back” position, which involves an offensive player lining up at both running back and receiver with plenty of motion options.
Wide receiver A.J. Henning, 4 stars, Frankfort (Ill.) Lincoln-Way East
Moving to the Midwest, Henning is a receiver who will be among the best in the class. A candidate for the top prospect in Illinois, the 5-10 Henning is similar to Wright in that speed is his game. Notre Dame has a stronghold in his recruitment, controlling all four 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions thus far.
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