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So I’m out in Las Vegas to do a story on Tyjon Lindsey for our “Next Generation” series and decided to stop by a 7-on-7 tournament in town.
Lindsey met up at the event with 4-star corner and Nebraska commit Elijah Blades, 4-star wide receiver and former Nebraska commit Jamire Calvin, and a few other friends. And as I talked more with them, the more I realized that these 7-on-7 tournaments form a pretty strong connection between recruits.
Lindsey played with Blades, Tristan Gebbia, Keyshawn Johnson Jr., Darnay Holmes and a few other Nebraska targets last year in this tournament. And you have to think that, because of that fact, both Lindsey and Blades had a small push toward Nebraska.
For Lindsey, he could envision himself catching passes from Gebbia because he’d done it. And he could imagine cheering on Johnson snagging a ball because he’d already done it. Without those 7-on-7 tournaments (which, by the way, Lindsey’s and Gebbia’s team won last year), there’s a chance recruiting Lindsey to Nebraska would’ve been much more difficult.
It also gave Gebbia and Johnson, who helped recruit Lindsey to Nebraska, some leverage.
So chalk up the core of Nebraska’s 2017 class to the 7-on-7 tournament one year ago, and the foundation the future Huskers built with each other.
Nebraska’s most recent offer went to 2019 tight end Austin Stogner.
— Austin Stogner (@austin_stogner) February 25, 2017
Stogner does not have a star rating but is a 6-foot-6, 222-pound prospect with nine offers, including from Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Houston and TCU. Stogner fits the mold of the tall tight end that offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf likes.
Nebraska’s other weekend offer went out to Delarrin Turner-Yell.
— Troubleman™ (@dtturner11) February 26, 2017
Turner-Yell is a 2019 safety with no star rating. He has offers from Baylor, Iowa and Oklahoma. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect will be recruited by Nebraska’s new safeties coach, Bob Elliott.