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Chris Bleich update
Nebraska 2018 offensive line target Chris Bleich checked out UCLA during the weekend.
The former Penn State commit said he chose to visit Southern California after the Bruins offered him on May 15. The 247Sports 3-star offensive tackle from Plymouth, Pa., said he has family in Los Angeles and has always wanted to visit. So he figured, why not?
“For one I’ve never visited California, and I wanted to check that off my list,” Bleich told Land of 10 on Sunday. “It just kind of just worked out great for me and I ended up liking it.”
Bleich said he met with the coaches on Friday, hung out with coaches and players Saturday, then headed home on Sunday. The biggest takeaway for Bleich? All the opportunities UCLA and Los Angeles have to offer.
— Chris Bleich 🇺🇸 (@Bleich72) June 8, 2017
247sports rates Bleich the No. 37 offensive tackle and No. 13 player in Pennsylvania for 2018.
Bleich was a Penn State commit for a little more than a year, but de-committed six days after visiting Nebraska for the spring game April 15. Since then, Bleich has also received offers Minnesota, North Carolina and Western Michigan.
But Bleich has been extremely high on the Huskers — and remains high on them even after his UCLA visit. He said Nebraska is still near the top of his list, and he plans on trying to make it to Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights camp on June 23.
Bleich was originally going to announce a commitment in mid-June, but he says he’ll probably push that back now. His father has been having some breathing problems recently, he said. That, coupled with the fact Bleich doesn’t want to rush to another decision like he says he did with his Penn State commitment, mean he likely won’t make an announcement anytime soon.
“I just want to take my time, make sure I make the right decision to me,” Bleich said.
On the market for more WRs
With the de-commitment of 3-star WR Cameron Brown on Saturday, Nebraska now has a hole in the position in the 2018 class. And if you factor in 4-star WR Eric Fuller, who we don’t expect to sign with Nebraska, the Huskers are in a real need of some wide receivers.
So here are some names to keep an eye on in the next few weeks as coach Keith Williams looks to add to the class:
Moore will announce his commitment on June 18. Nebraska remains the favorite to get the No. 12 receiver No. 8 player in Texas for 2018. He holds 53 scholarship offers, and appears to be between Nebraska and Florida State.
The 247sports Crystal Ball has it close between the Huskers and Seminoles, but Nebraska coaches feel pretty good about its chances right now.
Babb will be tricky to recruit. Though we were hearing a week ago that Nebraska was making “serious headway” with Babb, the de-commitment of Brown, Babb’s teammate, doesn’t bode super well for Nebraska.
It also doesn’t help that Babb was in Ohio at the Ohio State camp this weekend and not at Nebraska’s satellite camp in St. Louis.
Regardless, Babb will be getting some messages from coaches in the coming weeks. He’s the No. 10 receiver in the 2018 class.
Nebraska hasn’t been recruiting Crocker as hard the last few months, but with the Brown de-commitment, he could get some more attention. From Inderkum High School in Sacramento, Calif., Crocker is the No. 38 wide receiver in the 2018 class.
Crocker is in an area Williams is comfortable recruiting, and a highly touted prospect with 12 offers, including from Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame and USC.
Nebraska’s final satellite camp of the week was in California on Sunday.
The Huskers were in St. Louis on Saturday, then hopped on a flight west to one of their recruiting hotbeds in The Golden State. Nebraska coaches spent their Sunday at the Redlands Camp just outside of Los Angeles.
Nebraska commits Chase Williams (4-star athlete) and Manuel Allen (4-star WR) participated in the camp. Keyshawn Johnson Sr. was also there to help out.
— California4 Nebraska (@Cal4NE) June 11, 2017
— California4 Nebraska (@Cal4NE) June 11, 2017
Had a great camp at the university of Redlands with Nebraska 🌽🔴 pic.twitter.com/CiV7Kpw1tG
— Dajon L. Taylor (@TheDajonTaylor) June 11, 2017
Nebraska extended a few offers after the camp on Sunday, including to two wide receivers who just finished their freshman year. The first is 2020 WR Elias Ricks, who attends Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif.
— Elias✌🏾 (@Eliasricks2020) June 11, 2017
The other offer went out to 2020 athlete Lavon Bunkley-Shelton, from Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif.
— Lavon "LV" Bunkley (@Mr_LV4) June 11, 2017
Coaches will then head back to Lincoln to get ready for two Friday Night Light camps on June 16 and June 23.