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Nebraska’s wide receiver recruiting train keeps on rolling.
Though the position won’t be nearly as important as it was in the 2017 class, the Huskers’ 2018 class could have some taller wide receivers to balance out an overall small receiving corps. Just three of the 19 receivers on the roster for Nebraska next season are taller than 6-foot-2.
But in the past 24 hours, Nebraska has improved its position with two big receivers.
The first is Manuel Allen, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound 4-star wide receiver from Corona, Calif. He attends Centennial High School, where Nebraska’s top quarterback target Tanner McKee plays.
The 247sports Crystal Ball predictions are pouring in for Allen. Predictions currently favor Nebraska, showing an 86 percent chance Allen goes to Nebraska.
Allen is a former USC commit. After being a Trojans commit for a little more than a month, Allen de-committed from USC on Feb. 24.
He’s the No. 20 wide receiver in the 2018 class and No. 13 player from California. Allen holds 18 total offers, including from Washington, Cal, UCLA, Oregon and Ohio State.
Allen caught 44 passes for 589 yards and 4 touchdowns his junior year.
He’ll be a prospect wide receivers coach Keith Williams will recruit heavily to come to Nebraska’s spring game on April 15.
The other good news on the wide receiver front is Tulsa, Okla., 4-star prospect CJ Moore, the No. 19 wide receiver in the 2018 class.
The Huskers are now in his top six.
Top 6?? pic.twitter.com/JgLFA6TEPP
— ?CJ Moore? (@daddydimes35) March 8, 2017
Nebraska will battle with Ohio State and Oregon for Moore, something it has done time and time again for receivers. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State are new foes on the recruiting trail.
Moore is 6-foot-5, 175 pounds and holds 20 total offers. The good news for Nebraska is that despite offering Moore just a week ago, the Huskers are already in his top six. If he commits, he’d be the tallest receiver on the roster.
Nebraska has only offered five receivers in the 2018 class who are under 6-foot. In 2017, the Huskers offered 11 receivers under 6-foot. It’s doubtful it’ll be that high this cycle.