The Nebraska recruiting machine churns all week. Join us Monday through Friday nights when we recap recruiting news and offer analysis and context.
Grant Gunnell lowers the boom
Nebraska’s top target in the 2019 recruiting class — and a bigger priority than any prospect in 2018 — delivered some bad news to the Huskers on Monday.
Houston-based QB Grant Gunnell announced he is committing to Texas A&M.
— Grant Gunnell (@grantgunnell5) June 5, 2017
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf visited Gunnel four times in the last six months in hopes of swinging the 247Sports 4-star prospect the Huskers’ way. Clearly, it wasn’t enough.
Sources have long indicated that Gunnell was down to A&M, LSU and Nebraska, with the Huskers on the outside looking in. Nebraska visited with Gunnell at the Texas A&M camp on Sunday, at which point the prospect likely indicated he was set with his commitment to A&M.
Nebraska’s initial reaction after the Gunnell commitment was to offer a quarterback for the first time in nearly seven months — 2019 QB Max Duggan. Also a 4-star prospect, Duggan attends Lewis Central in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
— Max Duggan (@MaxDuggan_10) June 5, 2017
Though Duggan has no composite ranking yet, he is the No. 5 pro-style passer and No. 3 player from Iowa in the 2019 class, per the 247Sports rankings. He was offered by Penn State on June 3 after attending the Nittany Lions camp. He also has offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State and North Carolina.
So, what’s this mean? The Gunnell commitment has Nebraska in a bind.
The Huskers shifted a lot of time and resources from recruiting 2018 quarterbacks in an effort to land Gunnell. During the six-week evaluation period that ended May 31, Langsdorf visited a few 2018 quarterbacks but chose not to extend any offers. Instead, he focused on Gunnell, visiting the quarterback at St. Pius X High while in constant pursuit.
With Gunnell’s commitment, Nebraska’s now behind in the race for top 2018 quarterbacks. The Huskers have lost ground on uncommitted 2018 quarterbacks such as 4-star prospects Tanner McKee and Tyler Shough. An offer out to Shough could get Nebraska back in the race, but he’s already a heavy, heavy Michigan lean. So a Nebraska offer might not move the needle much. As for McKee, it looks increasingly like he’ll end up at either BYU or Stanford.
It’s telling that Nebraska’s first offer after Gunnell’s commitment was to Duggan, a 2019 quarterback, and not a 2018 passer. Nebraska’s game plan of focusing more on the 2019 recruiting class than 2018 seems to still be in play.
The 2019 quarterback just won’t be Gunnell.
Multiple offers go out to Texas
Nebraska handed out a string of offers after the Texas A&M camp on Sunday evening. Most notably was Caleb Chapman, a 6-foot-5, 206-pound receiver from Friendswood, Texas.
Blessed to receive an offer from The University of Nebraska!!! pic.twitter.com/aGsAd2SWrA
— Caleb Chapman (@Chappyboy21) June 5, 2017
Chapman is rated the No. 70 receiver in the 2018 class and currently holds 28 offers. Chapman was also offered by Mississippi State on Sunday. Among his other offers are Duke, TCU, West Virginia and Kansas State.
He also did this at the camp:
No mato por nada 😤 pic.twitter.com/6OQ6WBBtcC
— Caleb Chapman (@Chappyboy21) May 30, 2017
Nebraska also offered 2020 WR Zeriah Beason after the camp. He has four other offers: Baylor, Illinois, Mississippi and Texas-San Antonio.
— 🚩Ȥ 〰ƁЄƛƧƠƝ🏴™️ (@OmgItsZeriah) June 5, 2017
The Dallas Bishop Dunne High standout is the cousin and teammate of former Nebraska commit and 2019 WR Marquez Beason.
Speaking of Marquez Beason, he had an interesting tweet Sunday. Despite de-committing from the Huskers on May 16, he sent this out.
— Marquez Beason ¹ (@Ezmoneyquez) June 5, 2017
For the record: Nebraska did not offer two scholarships to one player. The Huskers did, however, tell Beason while at the A&M camp that he could play defensive back in Lincoln.
Not sure how much this will affect the recruitment of Beason to Nebraska, but it was worthy enough for a tweet, so it must mean something to the recruit.
Wideouts like what they hear from Keith Williams
One of the main advantages of these summer camps (aside from evaluating talent) is recruiting by coaching. And that’s one of the things Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams is best at.
It showed on Twitter on Sunday, after the conclusion of the A&M camp. Quite a few recruits said they enjoyed working with the receivers coach, including 4-star 2019 WR Jordan Whittington.
Learned a lot today Working with @wideouts 🔥💯
— Jordan❄Whittington (@J_Whitt3) June 5, 2017
Learned a lot from coach @wideouts today at A&M he really knows what he's talking about thanks for coaching me up !! 🏈
— Keithan⛵️〽️ (@KiingTaylor4) June 5, 2017
Really trying to learn and get wisdom to better my craft from @wideouts 🙏🏾
— Jourdan Thrower (@JThrow3) June 5, 2017
Now … on to the UTSA camp
Nebraska coaches spent Monday in San Antonio for the UTSA Adidas 3-Stripe Challenge.
After the camp, Nebraska offered 2019 athlete Dylan Wright.
Blessed to get a offer from Nebraska pic.twitter.com/CeL6GQwXu3
— Dylan Deunte Wright (@DeunteWright) June 5, 2017
Wright began the day with only two offers. By the time it was over, he received offers from Nebraska, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Morgan State and UTSA.
Nebraska will have Tuesday off, then will travel to Macon, Ga., for the Mercer Football 3-Stripe Elite Camp.