The Nebraska recruiting machine churns all week. Join us Sunday through Thursday nights when we recap recruiting news and offer analysis and context.
Who is the mystery commit on the horizon?
Nebraska’s 11th commitment in the 2018 class will come sometime this week.
The first lantern on the tower was lit Monday night when associate director of player personnel Todd McShane sent out a tweet with an hourglass and a black flag emoji, two things McShane and others in the Nebraska recruiting department have tweeted before commitments.
— Todd McShane (@TheToddMcShane) May 9, 2017
That was followed by this tweet from 4-star commit Brendan Radley-Hiles, essentially putting a stamp of approval on the impending commitment.
— XLIV…? (@Bookie_44) May 9, 2017
Sources have indicated the commitment will likely come from a 2018 defensive prospect.
Nebraska’s 2018 class currently only has four defensive commitments: 4-star corner Radley-Hiles, 4-star ATH Chase Williams, 3-star WDE Tate Wildeman and 3-star DT Masry Mapieu.
The Huskers’ recruiting class is ranked No. 8 in the country by 247Sports.
Cameron Jurgens nominated
Nebraska 2018 commit Cameron Jurgens was nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The ceremony took place Tuesday at Beatrice (Neb.) High School, according to a source who was there.
Jurgens is the No. 5 tight end in the 2018 class and the No. 1 player in Nebraska. Also nominated to play from the Huskers’ 2018 class is 4-star corner Brendan Radley-Hiles.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Jurgens has been committed to Nebraska since August 2015. He only has three offers — from Nebraska, UCLA and South Dakota State — but is the No. 117 player in the 2018 class.
Danny Langsdorf on road
Four-star QB Tanner McKee told Land of 10 recently he talked with Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf “several weeks ago” and expects the coach to be in Los Angeles this week for Centennial High School’s showcase.
Langsdorf is already on the road. He was in Colorado on Tuesday.
— Danny Langsdorf (@CoachLangsdorf) May 9, 2017
Nebraska defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and cornerbacks coach Donte Williams were in Texas on Tuesday to see 4-star safety Jordan Moore.
Tulsa, West Virginia, and Nebraska stopped by in Yoakum today to check on the Bulldogs (@BoRobinson5)
— Marcus Gutierrez (@MarcG14Line) May 9, 2017
Moore is a Texas A&M commit and brother of top Nebraska WR target Joshua Moore, who attends IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).
Early signing period
In case you missed it Monday, there is a new early signing period for recruits.
The new rule allows recruits in the Class of 2018 and beyond to sign with a school as early as Dec. 20.
Here’s why that’s important, from the NCAA:
It changes the recruiting calendar to allow for an early signing period in December (effective Aug. 1). Only the Collegiate Commissioners Association can create new National Letter of Intent signing periods.
It adds a period for official visits that begins April 1 of the junior year and ends the Sunday before the last Wednesday in June of that year. Official visits can’t occur in conjunction with a prospect’s participation in a school’s camp or clinic (effective Aug. 1).
It limits the time for Football Bowl Subdivision coaches to participate in camps and clinics to 10 days in June and July and requires that the camps take place on a school’s campus or in facilities regularly used by the school for practice or competition. Staff members with football-specific responsibilities are subject to the same restrictions. The Football Championship Subdivision can conduct and participate in camps during the months of June and July (effective immediately, though schools may honor contracts signed before Jan. 18, 2017).
It allows coaches employed at a camp or clinic to have recruiting conversations with prospects participating in camps and clinics and requires educational sessions at all camps and clinics detailing initial eligibility standards, gambling rules, agent rules and drug regulations (effective immediately).
It allows Football Bowl Subdivision schools to hire a 10th assistant coach (effective Jan. 9, 2018).
Nebraska’s coaches are likely thrilled with the new changes. The Huskers’ bread and butter in recruiting is getting kids on campus in Lincoln. The change that helps Nebraska most is the new rule that allows recruits to begin taking official visits on April 1 of their junior year. That means Nebraska could have official visits for the spring game.
Plus, Nebraska can now sign recruits on Dec. 20, something Riley has favored.
One small caveat: This may have some implications for in-state recruits. In the 2017 class, in-state recruits Jaylin Bradley and Chris Walker were late additions in January before the February signing day. If Nebraska does go through with signing its top talent in December, there might not be as much room for in-state talent down the road.