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Nick Henrich takes unofficial visit to Nebraska on Tuesday
Nebraska hosted Omaha Burke linebacker Nick Henrich for an unofficial visit Tuesday. Of all the prospects to come through Lincoln over the last few weeks, the 4-star linebacker’s trip is arguably the most important.
He, along with Burke tight end Chris Hickman, are the top two in-state prospects. Henrich is the No. 10 inside linebacker in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Barrett Ruud has taken the lead with Henrich. Nebraska’s inside linebackers coach has a good relationship with Henrich, according to Burke coach Paul Limongi.
After watching practice Tuesday, Henrich had an opportunity to build the relationship with Ruud and the rest of the Huskers staff. The No. 308 overall prospect is coming off a string of unofficial visits to several schools. Between April 2-4, he visited Iowa and Iowa State. He then visited Minnesota, Wisconsin and Notre Dame last weekend.
Following his visit with the Irish, a trio of 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions came in favor of Notre Dame. The question now is whether the Huskers can capture some momentum of their own.
Limongi has said that neither Henrich nor Hickman will make their decisions until they’re done visiting schools. I wouldn’t expect a decision until June for either. However, the Huskers have their chance to make a play for Henrich, starting with this Tuesday visit.
Leonard Manuel de-commits from Miami, has Nebraska interest
In 2020 recruiting class news, the Huskers received good news when wide receiver Leonard Manuel announced his de-commitment from Miami. Manuel projects as a potential top-10 prospect in the class; 247Sports currently ranks him as the No. 13 overall prospect and second-ranked wideout.
According to Rivals’ Rob Cassidy, Nebraska is one of the schools Manuel will consider during his reopened recruitment. Of his 31 offers, the schools Manuel mentioned to Cassidy other than the Huskers were Georgia, LSU, Clemson, Penn State, Florida, Florida State, Texas, Tennessee and Miami.
The de-commitment comes on the heels of an unofficial visit to Georgia over the weekend. The Huskers’ real standing with Manuel will be determined by whether the 6-foot-4 receiver hits reset on his recruitment and truly weights all his options. Of course, there’s a real chance he commits to Georgia in the near future. The Bulldogs have picked up three Crystal Ball picks in the last 24 hours.
Manuel’s decision is his second de-commitment of the cycle. He was a onetime Tennessee pledge, before flipping to the Hurricanes.
The Ocala, Fla., native has seen enough out of the new staff to consider Nebraska. The next step would be bringing him in for a visit.
Nothing might materialize between Nebraska and Manuel, but the fact he’s considering Nebraska speaks volumes to how recruits perceive the anticipated turnaround in Lincoln.
Ty Robinson, John Bivens lock in spring game visits
Land of 10 can confirm two more spring game visitors for this weekend: 4-star athlete Ty Robinson and 3-star running back John Bivens. Both confirmed their attendance to me on Tuesday.
Bivens will make the 11-hour drive from his native Dayton, Ohio. He named the Huskers to his top 6 not long after they offered in late February. He is the 26th-ranked running back in the class.
Robinson will be making a return trip to Lincoln, having checked out campus in February. The Gilbert, Ariz., native has family in Nebraska, hence the early interest. At 6-5 and 260 pounds, he can play on either side of the ball. If tight end does not work out, perhaps the Huskers could slot him at outside linebacker or defensive end.
But first, Nebraska must show him and Bivens a good time on Saturday. The sellout crowd will provide quite the atmosphere.
I wouldn’t expect a commitment from either after the weekend, though. Robinson has a long list of offers and could use the rest of the spring and summer to carry out his due diligence. Bivens has a couple more visits planned and said he does not plan on committing before his senior season.
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