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The end: Evaluation period
At 12:01 a.m. on Thursday morning, the spring 2017 evaluation period will officially be over.
Coaches can still see recruits face to face, but only on campus. Which (spoiler alert) is why there are so many camps in June.
But before we jump into that, some thoughts on the evaluation period in its final hours. In their final month on the road, Nebraska’s coaches handed out a total of 20 offers.
The position that topped the list? Offensive tackle.
Here are the 20 offers by position:
|Position||Number of offers|
For what it is worth, Nebraska has offered 16 offensive tackles in the 2018 class and six in the 2019 class so far. So for those griping about how terrible Nebraska’s offensive line was against Tennessee, apparently the coaches see a problem, too.
Also worth noting in that offer list is the lack of a quarterback offer. We thought there’d be at least one, but we were wrong on that pick. So we’ll own up to that.
We are, however, sticking by our prediction that Nebraska probably is done looking for a 2018 quarterback.
The beginning: Move-in day
The remainder of Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class is moving to Lincoln this weekend.
Workouts for the team actually began on Wednesday, but the freshmen will get a few days off to move into dorms and get settled in.
One final time, here are those in the Class of 2017 moving in this weekend (the list excludes those already enrolled):
|Name||Position||247Sports star rating|
Kicker now on top
Nebraska’s 2018 kicker commit, Barret Pickering, was recently rated the No. 1 kicker in the class by 247sports.
Pickering held two offers, from Nebraska and Vanderbilt. He was also being recruited by Texas and Florida.
What was known: 5-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis was extremely close to committing to Nebraska near the end of the 2017 recruiting cycle.
What wasn’t known: Why, exactly, he ended up choosing USC.
Lewis spoke to Rivals.com recently about the why. It’s worth reading and explains what you probably already assumed. Staying close to home was important to Lewis, which was why getting the Los Angeles Hawkins High star interested in the Huskers was an uphill battle in the first place.
— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) May 31, 2017
Still, Nebraska ended up with 4-star WRs Lindsey and Jaevon McQuitty in the class, plus 3-star prospect Keyshawn Johnson Jr. So the Huskers turned out fine. But Lewis really would’ve helped with Nebraska’s receiver depth this fall.