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A round of applause for Donte Williams
Nebraska hired cornerbacks coach Donte Williams on Dec 5, 2016, a little more than five months ago.
And in that time, he’s done the following:
- December 2016: Visit 4-star WR Tyjon Lindsey in Las Vegas and help flip the then-Ohio State commit and the No. 7 receiver in the 2017 class to Nebraska.
- January 2017: Visit 4-star CB Elijah Blades in California and help flip the then-Florida commit and No. 16 corner in the 2017 class to Nebraska.
- April 2017: Help seal the deal with 4-star CB Brendan Radley-Hiles, getting the No. 10 corner in the 2018 class to commit to the Huskers.
- April 2017: Convince 4-star WR Chase Williams to come play defensive back at Nebraska and commit to the Huskers.
- May 2017: Recruit and seal the deal for 4-star athlete Mario Goodrich.
And that’s not even mentioning his on-field work with CBs Josh Kalu, Chris Jones and Lamar Jackson.
Nebraska’s 2018 class has catapulted to No. 6 on the 247sports national rankings, and Williams has had a major hand in that. He’s personally risen to the No. 3 recruiter in the country, according to 247sports, with wide receivers coach Keith Williams coming in at No. 8.
Rankings are great, but they aren’t wins. So Donte Williams’ work the past few months may not be immediately translated into success on the field. But come 2018, Williams will have Blades, Radley-Hiles, Williams, Goodrich and Jackson battling for two starting corner spots.
Not bad for just five months of work.
Is there a fourth?
After the commitment of Goodrich on Tuesday, Radley-Hiles tweeted out an interesting graphic.
— .44 🏴 (@Bookie_44) May 23, 2017
Which, of course, begs the question: Will yet another defensive back join Goodrich, Radley-Hiles and Williams?
Let’s decode real quick.
The “Money Team” is what Donte Williams calls his defensive backs. So clue No. 1 is the silhouette is another corner or athlete. And the best guess right now, based on photos and where this recruitment cycle is headed, is the most likely candidate is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 4-star CB Houston Griffith.
Griffith is the No. 8 corner in the 2018 class and No. 11 player in Florida. He is currently teammates with Radley-Hiles at IMG Academy. Griffith has 36 offers, including from Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
If the silhouette is indeed meant to be Griffith, the graphic likely means one of two things: Either Griffith is leaning Nebraska and Radley-Hiles is just burning some coals under his feet to get him to commit … or Griffith will, in fact, be the next to commit to Nebraska. The latter would be somewhat surprising considering Griffith’s 247sports crystal ball is currently leaning toward Notre Dame or Ohio State.
Another obvious option is that this isn’t Griffith and we’re all grasping at straws. Which happens in recruiting, too.
How good could this actually get?
Nebraska’s now sniffing the top 5 in terms of recruiting rankings for the 2018 class. But could the Huskers sneak in and actually finish with a top-5 class?
It’d be a long shot.
According to the 247sports calculator, if Nebraska’s best-case scenario plays out, the Huskers could finish in the top 5. But that’s if Nebraska gets commitments from the likes of 4-star WR Joshua Moore, 4-star S Jordan Moore, 3-star OT Chris Bleich and another top 4-star recruit. And that also doesn’t factor in the boosts teams such as Penn State, Ohio State or Miami could get with more top commitments.
It also doesn’t include the impending swarm of commitments Alabama is sure to get. The Crimson Tide only have two commitments so far in the 2018 class.
So yes, there’s a chance Nebraska ends up in the top 5. But it’s very, very small.
Nebraska looks west again with latest offers
The Huskers extended offers to a set of twins in Long Beach, Calif., on Wednesday.
Keon Markham is a 2019 wide receiver with five other offers: Arizona, Colorado, Rutgers, UCLA and Washington State.
— Keonmarkham (@keonmarkham_11) May 24, 2017
His brother, Kejuan Markham, is a 2019 safety. Both attend Long Beach Poly High and neither has a 247sports star rating.
— Kejuan Markham (@kejuan_markham) May 24, 2017
Huskers crack another top talent’s top 12
Nebraska made the final 12 schools for 2018 4-star DE Ronnie Perkins.
No interviews. 🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/hgVaR7anlv
— Ronnie Perkins™ (@Legendary11_) May 24, 2017
Perkins is the No. 7 weakside defensive end in the 2018 class and No. 4 player from Missouri. He holds 31 offers.
The team to beat right now seems to be Oklahoma, where his 247sports crystal ball heavily favors. Perkins has recently made unofficial visits to Minnesota, Iowa, and Notre Dame.