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Mario Goodrich commits
Nebraska landed a key commitment from 4-star athlete Mario Goodrich on Tuesday night.
Goodrich is the No. 11 athlete in the 2018 class and No. 6 player from Missouri. From Lee’s Summit, Mo., Goodrich visited Nebraska for the spring game on April 15. He also unofficially visited Nebraska last November.
Here are six quick takeaways for what this means:
- Nebraska’s 2018 cornerbacks class is now stacked. The Huskers have 4-star corner Brendan Radley-Hiles, 4-star athlete Chase Williams and 4-star athlete Goodrich as defensive backs in the 2018 class. That’s a stellar group, especially when you factor in 2017 signee 4-star CB Elijah Blades.
- Nebraska now has 11 verbal commitments in the 2018 class, which leaves only four spots remaining in coach Mike Riley’s projected 15-player class.
- Goodrich was really pushed to take more visits. We were told multiple times this commitment was not going to come for quite some time. But his commitment now before taking any official visits shows how comfortable he really is with Nebraska.
- Nebraska cornerbacks coach Donte Williams has now helped recruit Goodrich, Radley-Hiles, 4-star WR Tyjon Lindsey and Blades in less than six months. He’s turning out to be well worth his money.
- Nebraska should jump to No. 6 in the 247Sports 2018 team recruiting rankings with the Goodrich commitment, putting Nebraska ahead of Florida State and just behind Notre Dame.
- Nebraska’s 2018 class now has six recruits within the 500-mile radius.
The 2018 quarterback situation
The last time we checked in with Nebraska’s 2018 quarterback situation, the Huskers had offered 12 quarterbacks in the class, nine of whom were already committed elsewhere.
The 12 offers still stand, and a 10th commitment will be announced Tuesday night by 4-star QB Jalen Mayden.
And it is highly likely he won’t be committing to the Huskers.
That means Nebraska will be down to two 2018 quarterbacks with offers who haven’t committed anywhere.
And on that front, it’s still pretty quiet. Tanner McKee, a 4-star prospect from Corona, Calif., was visited by Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf last week, but McKee doesn’t have any plans right now to visit Nebraska. And the other quarterback, 3-star prospect Kevin Doyle, hasn’t heard from Nebraska in some time.
And with no new offers during this evaluation period, and no offers expected in the foreseeable future, it’s probably time to call it. Nebraska is probably not taking a quarterback in this class. It just doesn’t make sense at this point.
Fourteen of the top 20 quarterbacks are committed already, so Nebraska would be coming in pretty late. So even if Nebraska offered someone the likes of 4-star prospect Tyler Shough or 4-star prospect Brevin White, it would take some catching up.
It also seems as if Nebraska’s pushing all its chips on 2019 quarterbacks.
Langsdorf has said he wants a quarterback in every class. But it just doesn’t seem like this class will have room, or that it’s really a priority for Nebraska.
Nebraska 2018 commit Will Farniok told Land of 10 on Tuesday he enjoyed seeing fellow commits at the St. Louis Rivals camp last weekend almost as much as competing.
“Yeah, it was cool to see everyone,” Farniok said. “We talked before the camp and also after, which was fun.”
Farniok went to the camp specifically to go up against some different competition, he said. He also wanted to grab a few pointers to work on this summer as he prepares for his senior year at Washington High School.
“I mostly just need to keep working on good hand placement and quicker feet, always quick feet,” Farniok said.
The center committed to Nebraska on April 8, just before the Huskers spring game on April 15. Since then a handful of schools have reached out to Farniok.
But he’s solid at Nebraska, he says.
He doesn’t have any set plans this summer besides working out and lifting. Farniok did say he and the other commits are trying to make it to the June 23 Friday Night Lights camp together.
Nebraska coaches have paired up to hit the road this week.
Langsdorf and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh were in Texas on Tuesday.
— Mike Cavanaugh (@CoachCavHuskers) May 23, 2017
And Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and linebackers coach Trent Bray tackled Utah together.
Thinking about Sprinting to the top of Mount Olympus and planting a BlackShirt flag! #BGR#Blackshirts pic.twitter.com/vGgE1SRIdg
— Bob Diaco (@CoachDiaco) May 23, 2017
— Trent Bray (@Coach_Bray) May 23, 2017
IMG Academy had its annual testing on Tuesday.
Nebraska commit Brendan Radley-Hiles shared on Twitter his 40-yard dash time was 4.32 seconds.
Nebraska target and 4-star WR Joshua Moore said he ran a 4.38-second 40.
For reference, both of those times are faster than any 40-yard dash run by anyone on Nebraska’s 2016 team who participated in the Huskers’ pro day this winter.