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Nebraska stays busy with offers to younger prospects
Nebraska offering a large number of prospects at once is nothing new. Often, the offer means little more than simply opening a dialogue with a prospect. Nonetheless, the Huskers have been at it again in the first week of June. The camp schedule is conducive to evaluating recruits and subsequently issuing those offers.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the notable prospects who picked up their Nebraska offers Thursday.
Outside linebacker Sa’vell Smalls, 5 stars, Seattle Garfield (2020 prospect)
Nebraska has not been afraid to reach out to the top prospects in each class, regardless of geography. The Huskers seldom recruit the Pacific Northwest, but Smalls is an exception. He is projected to be a top-5 prospect in the country. 247Sports ranks him as the top outside linebacker and No. 3 overall recruit in 2020. Stanford and in-state Washington are out to an early lead.
The Huskers became his 20th offer Wednesday. Alabama, Florida State and Southern California have reportedly made impressions on Smalls.
With two seasons of high school football remaining, Smalls is already 6-foot-3 and close to 230 pounds.
Running back Brendon Holmes, Houston Clear Lake (2020)
Nebraska had familiarity with the Clear Lake program in Texas prior to offering Holmes. Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco evaluated and offered the team’s quarterback, Shae Suiaunoa, in May. Apparently, Holmes stuck out enough during the workouts to warrant an offer himself.
The offer is Holmes’ first. Nebraska has shown it’s not afraid to offer prospects whether the recruit has three dozen offers or zero. This is another situation where the Huskers will hope getting involved early will pay off.
Holmes is listed as an all-purpose back. He is 5-8 and 175 pounds.
Defensive end Gervon Dexter, Lake Wales, Fla. (2020)
Dexter had six offers before Nebraska extended one Thursday. At Florida Atlantic’s Satellite camp, the Florida prospect did enough to catch the eyes of the Huskers contingent and earned an offer on the spot. Syracuse, Kansas and Florida had previously offered him.
Dexter is 6-5 and 256 pounds. He’s listed as a defensive end and would almost certainly fit into Nebraska’s scheme as a three-technique, down lineman rather than as a stand-up, edge rusher.
Cornerback Markevious Brown, Pahokee, Fla. (2021 prospect)
Once again, Nebraska became the first for another prospect — this time it was Brown. The prospect just wrapped up his freshman year of high school, so the Huskers will have plenty of time to build a relationship if they’re serious.
At 6-foot and 155 pounds, the hope would be Brown will grow into the type of lengthy corner Nebraska loves to recruit.
Tackle Dohnovan West, 3 stars, Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany (2019 prospect)
Unlike the majority of offers this week, this one went to a recruit in the 2019 class. West hails from an area Nebraska heavily recruited during the Mike Riley era and the current staff has maintained key connections there. Washington State, Boise State and UCLA are the early front-runners for West, who is 6-4 and 290 pounds.
According to the 247Sports composite, West is the No. 89 tackle in the class. He holds 14 offers total.
Timeline of crazy week in Nebraska recruiting
The last week or so has been a whirlwind in Nebraska’s recruiting operation. Since last Friday, the Huskers have added five names to their commit list — three in the 2019 class and two for the upcoming 2018 season.
A brief timeline of how everything has come together over the last six days:
Friday afternoon: On a visit, defensive tackle Vaha Vainuku commits to Nebraska as a graduate transfer. He’ll be eligible for 2018.
Also Friday afternoon: Arizona Western standout Desmond Bland, one of the top junior college offensive lineman in the 2019 class, pledges to the Huskers during an unofficial visit.
Monday: Four-star quarterback Luke McCaffrey (Littleton, Colo., Valor Christian) commits to Nebraska.
Tuesday: Nebraska adds another transfer for 2018 with the transfer of cornerback Will Jackson III from Mesa Community College.
Wednesday: Linebacker Jackson Hannah, a 2019 prospect from Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell), announces his commitment to Nebraska.
It’s been a wild beginning to June for the Huskers. Will they be able to keep up the pace as the month progresses?
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