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Kamryn Babb releases top-9 list
Some recruiting updates to pepper into your Memorial Day weekend.
First, Nebraska target Kamryn Babb has announced his top-9 list — and the Huskers made it.
— Kamryn Babb® (@kamm_o) May 30, 2017
Babb is the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports solo rankings. He’s also the No. 1 player in Missouri and No. 18 overall player in the class, according to those rankings.
Nebraska’s turned up the heat in Babb’s recruitment in the last few weeks, with sources indicating that the Huskers were making serious headway with the 6-foot-1, 189-pound receiver from St. Louis.
Babb has 30 offers, including from Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama and Arkansas.
Babb also listed LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Ohio State, USC, Missouri, Michigan and Notre Dame.
Nebraska does have 4-star WR Eric Fuller in the 2018 class, but the Huskers for sure want another true receiver in this class.
Chase Williams at The Opening
Nebraska 2018 commit Chase Williams earned an invitation to The Opening finals last weekend at a regional competition in Oakland, Calif.
Some highlights have been released from Williams’ day.
The 4-star receiver from Corona (Calif.) Eleanor Roosevelt High did drills as both a receiver and a defensive back.
His best play of the day came on the 1-on-1 drills. Here, playing defense, he reads the route well, finds the ball, and gets himself a pick.
For more highlights, watch below:
Top priorities heading into June
June is packed for Nebraska.
The Huskers will travel to satellite camps in Texas at the beginning of the month, then host two Friday Night Lights camps in Lincoln on June 16 and June 23. We’ll explore more about Nebraska’s schedule in a few days.
But before that, a few thoughts on the month. Specifically, what are the top three priorities?
1. Get top targets to Lincoln
Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights camp in 2017 was pivotal in landing 4-star WR Tyjon Lindsey, and it helped the Huskers stay in the running for some of the top recruits in the country.
The 2018 Friday Night Lights will be just as important. Maybe more than anything, Nebraska needs to get some 2018 and ’19 quarterback targets to Lincoln for the unofficial visit.
Nebraska’s No. 1 goal? Get 4-star 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell and/or 4-star 2018 QB Tanner McKee to throw in Memorial Stadium. Do that, and the pendulum could start swinging Nebraska’s way.
2. Lock down Joshua Moore
2018 4-star WR Joshua Moore is announcing his commitment on June 18. The Huskers are the heavy favorite. They should remain focused on making sure no other top schools swoop in at the last second and steal the No. 13 receiver in the 2018 class.
3. Finish up the class by July 1
Nebraska has a chance to play a card it’s not been able to on the recruiting trail with Mike Riley: exclusivity.
If Riley and his coaching staff can in fact land a few targets in early June and get the number of commits from 11 to 15 by July 1, attrition within the program could open up a few more slots.
Nebraska’s 2018 class is ranked in the national top 10, which is attractive to recruits. Another selling point: The Huskers can sell exclusivity, meaning they can afford to select only the recruits they wants. That could cause a few top 2018 targets to think seriously about joining the class in the fall.
Bryson Jackson also lists Huskers
Nebraska also made the cut with a 3-star wide receiver.
Bryson Jackson from Houston St. Pius X revealed Monday on Twitter his top 12 schools, and the Huskers were on the list.
— official.bryso (@BrysonJackson1) May 29, 2017
The Class of 2018 prospect a teammate of 2019 QB Gunnell. Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has been recruiting Gunnell extremely hard the past few months, and landing Jackson could help Nebraska’s chances with the quarterback.