The recruiting machine churns all week. Join us Monday through Friday nights when we recap Nebraska recruiting news, offering analysis and context.
Potential trouble in LA
On the surface, the decommitment of Marlon Williams from USC isn’t a big deal.
The 3-star wide receiver announced on Tuesday he’s reopening his recruitment after being committed to the Trojans for nearly a year.
I have reopened my recruitment https://t.co/hQdZFOmRPz
— Marlon Williams (@TheReall__6) January 10, 2017
But under the surface, it’s actually pretty bad news for Nebraska.
USC now has 16 commitments in its class, and the Trojans will now have more room for a wide receiver, which doesn’t bode well for Nebraska’s chances with 5-star WR Joseph Lewis and 4-star Greg Johnson, who are both considering the Trojans.
It’s an uphill battle already recruiting in California against UCLA and USC. Just ask Ohio State: 5-star corner Darnay Holmes was a silent Ohio State commit for months, and he still ended up in his home state at UCLA.
So with Lewis, the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2017 class, and Johnson, the No. 1 athlete in the 2017 class, both Los Angeles recruits from Hawkins High School, the lure of USC will grow even stronger now that the Trojans will go after receivers to fill Williams’ spot.
Nebraska still has a chance with Lewis and Johnson, but Williams’ decommitment just made a little bit harder.
Deontre Thomas update
Current Nebraska commit Deontre Thomas told Land of 10 this week he’s still on board with Nebraska though he is weighing some options.
“All this recruiting is all about business so I just in case want to have a Plan B,” Thomas told Land of 10.
Thomas, a 3-star defensive tackle from Mustang, Okla., said he’s in constant contact with the Nebraska coaches and the rest of the 2017 class. He’s been committed to Nebraska since April 2016.
Thomas said he wanted to graduate early from Mustang High School to enroll at Nebraska early but wasn’t able to. The No. 32 defensive tackle in the 2017 class mentioned two schools recruiting him hard right now — Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
At this point, he said, he’s just interested in learning more about those programs and setting up that Plan B.
And as of now, he still plans on just having one hat, Nebraska’s, on the table come signing day.