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More receivers on the market
Nebraska’s only commit in the 2019 class is a 4-star receiver from Texas. But two more 2019 Texas receivers just popped up on the market (after de-committing from Oklahoma) and they look like prime Huskers targets.
The first is Theo Wease, an Allen High receiver who has a 4-star rating from the 247Sports solo rankings and de-committed from the Sooners on Monday.
— Theo Wease Jr (@weasejr_) April 25, 2017
Rated the No. 7 receiver and No. 3 player from Texas in the 2019 class, Wease currently holds 21 offers, including ones from Auburn, Baylor and Georgia.
Wease committed to Oklahoma on Feb. 19 the Sooners’ junior day. He visited Oklahoma again on April 8. Nebraska has yet to offer Wease, but the Huskers like recruiting in Texas and probably like Wease’s 6-foot-3 frame.
Arjei Henderson is another 4-star wide receiver in the 2019. He de-committed from Oklahoma on Sunday.
New Future?? pic.twitter.com/wRYNQ7USCv
— Hendi™ (@king_hendi) April 24, 2017
247sports rates Henderson as the No. 9 receiver in the 2019 class and the No. 4 recruit from Texas. He holds 38 offers, including from the likes of Nebraska, Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Texas and Ohio State.
Nebraska has two 4-star receiver commits in the 2018 class (Eric Fuller and Manuel Allen) but receivers coach Keith Williams will never shy away from recruiting top receivers.
Plus, they’re sort of making it known they see the OU de-commits and they smell blood.
Two new ? on the market..
— Todd McShane (@TheToddMcShane) April 25, 2017
The game plan
After Nebraska’s “swarm” of high schools in the state last Friday, the coaching staff is heading into Phase 2 of the April evaluation period: the Husker Heartland (their words).
☑️ Nebraska Swarm
⬜️ Husker Heartland
Checking off #NE18RASKA priorities.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) April 25, 2017
This will make 500-radius fans happy — though it is worth noting that while offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is in that photo, he isn’t on one of those dots on the map.
He’s in California, looking at quarterbacks.
Chancellor gets in the recruiting action
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Ronnie D. Green joined the recruiting fun on Twitter. He’s joining the ‘Calibraska’ trend, apparently.
— Ronnie D. Green (@RonnieDGreen) April 25, 2017
I’m halfway surprised it wasn’t more subtle and the Tweet wasn’t about California students, rather than Green being a little more blatant about Nebraska football.
Regardless, interesting to see the University be on the forefront of this recruiting effort. Then again, Green and University of Nebraska president Hank Bounds often talk with recruits on visits, so this isn’t entirely shocking.
Commitment dates of note
One of Nebraska’s top QB targets, Jalen Mayden, told Scout on Tuesday his commitment could come soon.
Mayden recently released his top 5 schools, and he’ll pick from Nebraska, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Louisville and Baylor.
Mayden is one of only three quarterbacks Nebraska has offered in the 2018 class who has not committed yet.
The 6-2, 215-pound Mayden is the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 34 prospect in Texas for 2018, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Nebraska is officially out of it with 4-star S Steve Stephens. The defensive back released his final 6 schools, and Nebraska did not make the list.
? April 30 , 2017 ‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/3g29wpa3wT
— Steve Stephens (@Steve_Most_Dope) April 25, 2017
Stephens was supposed to visit Nebraska for the spring game, but couldn’t swing it.
Matt Sichterman update
Spent some time in Kings Mills, Ohio, with 3-star 2017 signee Matt Sichterman on Tuesday.
Here’s our initial story about how much he hates Wisconsin, the team he cheered for as a kid. We’ll have more in the coming weeks.
Worth noting, though, he’s put on some serious weight. At 235 pounds his sophomore year then up to 265 his senior year, he is now up to 290 pounds. He said he’s where coaches want him to be, but he feels like he could put on more if he needed to. He also said he expects to redshirt.