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New commit, new offer
Nebraska added another commitment to its 2018 recruiting class over the weekend.
Cameron Brown is a 3-star receiver from St. Louis (Christian Brothers College) and the Huskers’ 10th commitment in the class.
— Cameron Brown® (@luh_cam_) May 7, 2017
Brown is technically Nebraska’s fourth receiver in the class. Commit Chase Williams is a 4-star receiver, according to the 247Sports composite, but was recruited to Nebraska as a defensive back.
Brown is the No. 69 receiver in the 2018 class and No. 7 player in Missouri. He held 16 offers when he committed to Nebraska.
And the day after Brown’s commitment, the receiver was offered by his 17th school, Alabama.
— Cameron Brown® (@luh_cam_) May 8, 2017
As Brown noted in the tweet announcing the offer, he is “still 100 percent committed to Nebraska.”
The Alabama offer, in a way, put a stamp of approval on the commitment of Brown for some Nebraska fans. With such a small class, Nebraska is being very deliberate with commitments and offers. With Brown, the Huskers will get an athletic, 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver who is a pure playmaker.
Brown has a 40-inch vertical, runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and his Hudl tape is essentially 11 minutes of him burning defensive backs.
Signing class filling up
With Brown’s commitment Nebraska currently sits at 10 verbal commitments in the 2018 class.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley has been vocal about his intent to keep this recruiting class small, and has thrown out the number 15 as a total number for the class.
That means Nebraska’s 2018 class is nearly complete.
Riley piggybacked on that sentiment on Monday during an offseason statewide tour with athletic director Shawn Eichorst.
“It’s not really a goal of mine to be done by July 1, but it’s a distinct possibility,” Riley told reporters about the 2018 class. “I wish we did have more room. I’ve always thought that in general but for sure this year.”
That’s interesting for two reasons:
- Riley seems to be sticking to his guns about 15 commits. Not everyone believes that Riley will cut the class there, and there could be some scholarships opening up with potential transfers. Some believe 20 is in range. Despite the chance for a few scholarships opening up, I still see the class at 15 or 16, 17 at the most. Riley seems to want that as well.
- Riley must feel confident about where he and a handful of his top 2018 targets stand if he truly believes he’ll have all 15 commitments by July 1. Nebraska had 10 commitments by July 1 a year ago.
Five names to watch
If Nebraska, in fact, is only going to have five more players in the class by July, there are a few names to keep in mind:
The first is Joshua Moore. Moore is a 4-star wide receiver from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He has 53 total offers and visited Nebraska for the spring game.
Grahm Roberts is Nebraska linebacker Avery Roberts’ brother and a 3-star running back from Wilmington, Del.
Mario Goodrich (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) is another 500-mile radius guy who seems like he’ll wait to commit but the 4-star athlete has been a Nebraska lean for some time.
To QB, or not to QB?
We’ve written about Nebraska’s 2018 quarterback conundrum before, but the current lack of offers during this evaluation period might give us the answer as to whether Nebraska will take a quarterback in the 2018 class.
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has seen both 3-star prospect Spencer Petras and 4-star prospect Tyler Shough throw during this evaluation period. Neither has been offered.
For context, Petras was offered by Oregon State the day it visited him, he said.
Nebraska also has not reached out to 3-star QB Kevin Doyle in a while. And 4-star QB Tanner McKee has been visiting Texas, Alabama, Duke and Georgia over Nebraska. He was the last 2018 quarterback Nebraska offered, which was six months ago.
So as it currently stands it really isn’t looking like Nebraska is making a quarterback a priority in this class, despite saying it was during fall camp.
A theory? Early enrollee Tristan Gebbia impressed so much in the spring the coaches re-thought their approach. Or, they don’t want to spook any of the backups (Gebbia or Patrick O’Brien) off with another top quarterback coming to Lincoln.
As always, things could change, but the approach of making a quarterback a priority in the 2018 class, at the very least, seems to be shifting a bit.