The Nebraska recruiting machine churns all week. Join us Monday through Friday nights when we recap recruiting news and offer analysis and context.
An early offer
Nebraska extended its first offer to a recruit in the 2021 class on Tuesday morning. Dacari Collins, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver from Atlanta, received his first Division I offer from the Huskers.
Collins just finished eighth grade and will attend high school the Woodward Academy in the fall.
— Dacari collins (@Worldwidedacari) June 13, 2017
Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams, along with a handful of other Nebraska coaches, were in Macon, Ga., for a satellite camp last week. Nebraska has extended 10 offers to recruits in the 2020 class.
Here are a few of Collins’ middle school highlights.
Checking in on the July 1 ‘deadline’
Mike Riley didn’t really call his shot last month, but he didn’t do himself any favors by saying Nebraska’s 2018 class will be full by July 1.
When Riley said that on May 8, Nebraska had 10 commitments in the 2018 class.
Five weeks later, the Huskers remain at 10 commitments.
So, about that July 1 date. Will Nebraska actually be done by then?
Right now, it doesn’t look promising.
Let’s say Nebraska shuts it off at 15. So, there’s room for five more commits. There’s an extremely slim chance that happens in the next two weeks, even with the hype of the Friday Night Lights camps.
You still can expect 4-star WR Joshua Moore to commit on June 18. Another receiver, 3-star WR Sean Ryan, could commit sometime soon as well.
But 3-star tackle Chris Bleich just moved his commitment date back a few weeks. So that won’t come before July 1. There have been indications 3-star defensive tackle Judge Culpepper is leaning toward Nebraska, but not sure you can count on his commitment before July 1. Overall, Nebraska isn’t necessarily losing momentum on the recruiting trail, but it seems like the Cornhuskers aren’t as sure of a lock for some guys as they might have thought five weeks ago.
These two Friday Night Lights camps on this Friday and June 23 will be a boost, and will spark some interest from top recruits. Some officials could be set for the fall, and a handful of new names could jump out and become top targets for the next few weeks. Those could actually be good things.
So no, July 1 probably isn’t happening. August 1 probably won’t, either. But if Nebraska wants 15, and can get 13 by Aug. 1 at the latest, it’ll still be in a good spot.