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Wide receivers on the market
Nebraska currently has two wide receivers in its 2018 class. The first is Joshua Moore, the No. 14-ranked receiver in the nation. The other is Manuel Allen, a 4-star prospect from Corona, Calif. He’s the No. 39 receiver in the class.
But Nebraska is in need of at least one more receiver. The Huskers ended up with only three in the 2017 class, but wanted four. So a third, or fourth, receiver in the 2018 class could make up for holes in the roster.
Lucky for Nebraska, it has both room and time. With 10 commits, and six months until the February National Signing Day, here’s who Nebraska is working to snag in the 2018 class.
Brown told 247Sports on Wednesday that he intends to announce a commitment at the end of this week.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) August 2, 2017
The 4-star wide receiver from St. Louis was once a Nebraska commit. Brown committed to Nebraska on March 7. He was offered by Alabama the next day. He was offered by Ohio State on June 9, and de-committed from Nebraska on June 10.
Brown has since visited Nebraska for the Friday Night Lights Camp. It’s widely been believed he’ll choice between Nebraska and Ohio State, despite Brown’s de-commitment.
His 247Sports Crystal Ball currently leans toward Nebraska. There are some indications that Nebraska wants Brown more than Ohio State does. So a re-commitment after a de-commitment could be coming for Nebraska.
Crocker is the No. 35 receiver in the 2018 class. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Crocker is the No. 24 player in California. He holds 13 offers and is being heavily recruited by Nebraska, Alabama, Oregon, Oregon State and Nebraska.
Crocker has been an Oregon lean for some time. It’s widely believed that sticking close to the West Coast is important for Crocker.
However, the 4-star receiver will take an official visit to Nebraska. So if Crocker can be sold by Moore and Allen, his recruitment could become interesting.
Can't wait to see the fans at GBR🌽🔴
— Isaah Crocker (@zaayc) August 1, 2017
Keys was one of a handful of receivers who received an official offer from Nebraska on Aug. 1. Keys is the No. 43 receiver in the 2018 class. The 5-10, 160-pound Keys is a 4-star receiver and the No. 6 player in Louisiana.
Keys has 33 offers, including from Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State and Notre Dame. Keys unofficially visited Texas in March and LSU in February. His 247Sports Crystal Ball leans toward LSU.
However, there seems to be sustained interest between Nebraska and Keys.
This 4-star prospect is ranked as the No. 6 receiver the class and No. 1 player in Missouri. From Christian Brothers College in St. Louis (same as Brown), Babb has 30 offers.
A few months ago we got a tip that Nebraska was making headway with Babb. But since then, Babb has visited Ohio State and has yet to make his way to Lincoln.
Then again, Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams previously has pulled an Ohio State “lock” away from the Buckeyes. So Babb could be the Tyjon Lindsey of this class. Not saying count on that, but there is a small possibility if Nebraska can get Babb to campus.
Smith is an interesting case. The 3-star receiver from Gardena, Calif., is a tight-lipped recruit. But he and Nebraska have been warming up to each other the past few months. He could be a name to watch down the road.
It sounds like Smith will take an official visit to Nebraska. The Huskers probably would rather take Brown, Babb or Crocker, but if Nebraska needs a receiver late in the game and Smith is still out there, he could fill a spot. Smith has offers from Arizona, USC, Washington State, Nebraska and Arizona State.