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A few of Nebraska’s top priorities in the 2018 recruiting class competed at the SoCal Shootout near Los Angeles last weekend.
Among those in attendance: Nebraska’s top cornerback target, 4-star Brendan Radley-Hiles; top running back target, 4-star T.J. Pledger; and one of the Huskers’ top quarterback targets, 4-star Tanner McKee.
— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) March 19, 2017
This isn’t shocking, considering Nebraska has seemed to be the front-runner for Radley-Hiles for nearly a year. But it is impressive that Nebraska has been able to keep him interested despite his move from California to Florida.
Radley-Hiles played at Calabasas High School in 2016 with Nebraska early-enrollees Tristan Gebbia and Keyshawn Johnson Jr. He moved to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., after the season. At the boarding school, Radley-Hiles has had the opportunity to unofficially visit a handful of schools, including Florida State and South Carolina.
Despite all that, 247Sports crystal ball predictions give Nebraska a 70 percent chance to land the corner. Connections to Johnson Jr., Gebbia and incoming 4-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey (his cousin) will be big draws for the corner.
Radley-Hiles will be at Nebraska’s spring game on April 15, along with a handful of other IMG Academy teammates including Pledger and 3-star DT Josh Walker.
McKee was at the SoCal tournament. An interesting note from Gorney: McKee, a devout member of the LDS church, plans on taking a two-year mission after graduating from high school in May.
McKee told Land of 10 a few weeks ago he competed at the first Elite 11 camp in Houston in February, rather than the competition in Los Angeles on March 12, because the competition in Houston was on a Saturday. McKee’s faith is a driving force in his life, so it isn’t surprising that he will take a two-year mission.
It will be interesting to see how schools will address that, particularly Nebraska. Do the Huskers need a quarterback more now or in 2020? Could that be a deciding factor whether to pursue other quarterbacks because of immediacy? Or is McKee worth that two-year wait?
McKee is the No. 7 pro-style passer in the 2018 class and unofficially visited Nebraska last November. He said a month ago that he anticipates Nebraska will be in his top-5 schools for a while.
Besides spring football conditioning, 6-foot-7 McKee plays volleyball. His schedule is packed, so he’s still trying to find time to visit schools, he said last month.
McKee told Land of 10 on Sunday he won’t be able to make it to Nebraska’s spring game.
One of Nebraska’s other top QB targets, 4-star Colson Yankoff, was busy at The Opening in New Orleans last weekend.
Yankoff ran a 4.74-second 40-yard dash at that competition.
— Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) March 19, 2017
The 6-3, 200-pounder is the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class and plans to visit Nebraska sometime this month.
247Sports predicts Nebraska will land Yankoff, though it is a close race.
Yankoff was visited by offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf in December 2016.