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Good news from the West Coast: Nebraska’s top defensive target in the 2018 class is still interested in the Huskers.
Talanoa Hufanga, a 4-star athlete recruited by Nebraska as a safety, put the Huskers in his final 10 schools, along with Utah, Oregon, Alabama, Washington, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon State, UCLA and Michigan.
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— Talanoa Hufanga (@HufangaTalanoa) June 2, 2017
This has to be reassuring to Nebraska, since Hufanga told us a few days ago he likely won’t be at Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights camps this month.
Hufanga is the No. 2 athlete in the 2018 class and No. 1 player from Oregon. Nebraska’s toughest challenge likely will be getting Hufanga out of the state and away from Oregon and Oregon State. He’s visited both schools quite a few times and seems high on the in-state pull from them.
Nebraska does, however, have a terrific relationship with Hufanga. Nebraska linebackers coach Trent Bray was in Corvallis, Ore., last week, and Mike Riley took time out of his day last week to FaceTime with Hufanga.
It doesn’t seem as if Hufanga is in any hurry to commit, so getting him to Lincoln for an official visit this fall would go a long way. The Huskers won’t have much room left by then, but for someone like Hufanga, they’d probably keep a spot open if they liked their chances.
First weekend of camps
Satellite camps around the country begin this weekend. Nebraska coaches will head to Texas for their first camp at Texas A&M. Coaches will hit six camps in seven days.
At the first camp, Nebraska will join Mississippi State, Texas State, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Kansas, Indiana, Tulsa, Arizona State and UTSA.
Just one interesting note about the first few days of this week: Nebraska and Texas A&M coaches will be together for the first three camps. The two schools are in a few fierce battles on the recruiting trails, including for 4-star WR Joshua Moore, 4-star safety Jordan Moore and 2019 QB Grant Gunnell.
Jordan Moore is a Texas A&M commit. His twin, Joshua, is scheduled to announce a commitment on June 18. Nebraska is the leader for Joshua. Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has visited Gunnell four times in the past six months. Gunnell’s 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions currently lean toward Texas A&M.
Recruiting is recruiting, and the Adidas connection between the schools — and lack of a Big 12 connection now, too — should surely smooth things over. The coaching staffs are friendly with each other. Still, it’s interesting that Nebraska’s first camp will be at a school the Huskers find themselves in the heat of battle with on the recruiting trail.
Speaking of 2019 QBs
Nebraska is one of just four schools to have an offer out to 2019 QB Dylan Morris of Graham, Wash. Scout.com caught up with Morris at a recent 7-on-7 tournament. A few beautiful throws show why Langsdorf offered Morris, despite the QB not even having a star rating yet.
— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) June 2, 2017