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Another Nebraska-Ohio State receiver coaches feud brewing?
There could be some subtweets on the horizon.
Last year, Nebraska and Ohio State were in a pretty fierce battle for 2017 4-star WR Tyjon Lindsey. That led to some tough words and Twitter exchanges between Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith and Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams.
Nebraska ended up with Lindsey, prying the 4-star receiver away from Ohio State a few weeks before National Signing Day. The Buckeyes, however, ended up with a 2017 class ranked 21 spots higher than the Cornhuskers (No. 2 vs. No. 23).
Ohio State also got the upper hand with a 62-3 win in November, which led to Smith’s more famous subtweet about Williams’ “gorilla” mindset.
— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 6, 2016
Anyway, all water under the bridge. Until this past Saturday, when a small spark might ignite another series of exchanges down the road.
Then-Nebraska commit Cameron Brown visited Ohio State this past weekend instead of sticking around in St. Louis for Nebraska’s satellite camp. Ohio State offered Brown a scholarship at the end of the weekend, and he almost immediately de-committed from Nebraska. Brown later wrote on Twitter the two events had nothing to do with each other, but there are plenty of indications that isn’t exactly true.
Ohio State celebrated, while Nebraska, understandably, is a little bitter. And now, both Brown and his teammate, 4-star WR Kamryn Babb, are in the middle of Nebraska and Ohio State. And thus, we find ourselves in a similar situation as the 2017 recruiting cycle.
Nebraska clearly had an in with Brown that was shaken by Ohio State, and both the Buckeyes and Huskers are in pretty deep with Babb.
What heightens this potential battle is the fact Nebraska needs a good wide receivers class in 2018. With Brown’s de-commitment, and 4-star WR Eric Fuller not expected to remain in Nebraska’s recruiting class for much longer, the Huskers currently only have one solid commitment from a wide receiver in 4-star Manuel Allen. (Note: 4-star athlete Chase Williams was recruited to Nebraska to play defensive back.)
So, Nebraska will keep at it with Brown and Babb, partly out of need. But Ohio State seems to have the upper hand with both for now.
Regardless, the groundwork has been set for Ohio State and Nebraska to collide on the recruiting trail yet again in search of top wide receivers. And as we learned last year, it could last for quite a while.
Cameron Jurgens enjoys the competition
Nebraska 2018 commit Cameron Jurgens participated in the Rivals 5-star Challenge in Indianapolis last weekend.
“It was awesome competing against such great competition,” Jurgens told Land of 10 on Monday.
Jurgens, a 4-star TE from Beatrice, Neb., was one of 105 players to compete in the event. He just did tight end drills, he said.
“I think I did well,” Jurgens said. “I feel like I stood out from that position.”
Jurgens said he met a lot of top recruits on the trip and hung out with 4-star 2019 QB and Texas A&M commit Grant Gunnell a lot. He was Nebraska’s top quarterback target for the 2019 class.
Jurgens also said because of conflicts with his basketball schedule, he likely won’t make it to a Friday Night Lights camp this month.