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Cameron Latu ready to commit — what are Nebraska’s chances?
In less than 24 hours, one of Nebraska’s top 2018 defensive end targets will announce a commitment.
Cameron Latu, a 4-star DE per the 247Sports composite from Salt Lake City, will announce his college choice at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) on Friday from his high school.
Committing on Friday at Olympus High School @ 12pm‼️Would love to see all my friends and family there..✌️💯
— Cameron Latu🌴 (@cameronlatu40) July 31, 2017
Latu announced his top 5 schools in May, and Nebraska was among the group. Washington, Utah, Alabama and USC were the other four.
Now three months later, the chances of Latu committing to Nebraska appear very, very slim.
His 247sports Crystal Ball is leaning heavily toward Alabama (73 percent) with USC the only other school being given a chance. We had a source tell us this week Nebraska isn’t expecting a commitment from Latu.
If that holds true, and with the recent miss on 3-star prospect Jalen Redmond, we are told the odds Nebraska even takes a DE in this class are “slim to none.”
Nebraska offered 11 strongside defensive ends and 10 weakside defensive ends. The main reason Nebraska isn’t very worried about taking a defensive lineman in this class, a source said, is because of the youth Nebraska already has on the defensive line.
Nebraska has 17 defensive linemen on the roster, with only three of them seniors. Nine are freshmen or sophomores.
That being said, there are some indications Nebraska is still after 3-star defensive end Daniel Carson.
Keith Williams keeps his promise
Among the features Keith Williams can sell to recruits: He’s a man of his word.
The Huskers wide receivers coach said after practice Thursday he told Tyjon Lindsey he would play as soon as the freshman got to campus.
Lindsey arrived in Lincoln in June, and four practices through fall camp, he’s taking significant snaps at receiver. He’s even getting shout-outs from offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf and head coach Mike Riley in the process.
“He’s got good hands, he is what we thought he was in terms of talent, there’s no question,” Langsdorf said after practice on Thursday.
Here’s why this is important for the recruiting trail: Every coach tells every player they’re going to play right away. It’s sort of a prerequisite.
For Williams, he’ll be able to actually prove it. Jaevon McQuitty, the other 4-star receiver in Nebraska’s 2017 class, is likely also going to play this season. Williams said he’s been impressed with the Missouri-native early in camp, too.
With the 2018 class becoming increasingly more important, particularly in terms of recruiting a top wide receiver, this could be a great selling point for Williams to close a deal. So will the fact that the Huskers will still be somewhat thin at receiver next season, as well.