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Nebraska has attention of David Gbenda
Nebraska has been active with offers in Texas. Running backs coach Ryan Held is the primary area recruiter there and usually carries most of the recruiting workload in Texas. But offensive line coach Greg Austin is from the state, and he recently extended an offer to 4-star linebacker David Gbenda.
“It was a great [conversation],” Gbenda told Land of 10. “[Austin] explained his background and success.”
The offer pumped up Gbenda, he said.
“I was excited to get a Nebraska offer. Nebraska is a good college in the Big Ten,” Gbenda said. “Nebraska is a great school, and I’m grateful for the offer.”
Gbenda is the No. 10 inside linebacker and the No. 331 overall prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. He holds 17 offers, but Nebraska was the first Big Ten program to offer him. The Katy, Texas, native attends nearby Cinco Ranch, where he racked up 56 tackles (40 solo) in nine games last season, according to MaxPreps.com.
The schools recruiting Gbenda the hardest are in-state programs Texas A&M, Texas and TCU.
He and his father will try to pick a date to head up to Lincoln, but he is unsure of when that will be. The Huskers will have time to woo Gbenda because he will not commit anytime soon, he said.
His favorite athletes are former Texas high school star Kenneth Murray, who plays at Oklahoma, former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Gbenda is 6-foot and weighs 212 pounds.
Nebraska will be in the market for an inside linebacker in this class. Expect Gbenda to receive priority treatment from the Huskers.
Owen Pappoe sets commitment date
Owen Pappoe has become a household name in the 2019 class for those who pay attention to Nebraska recruiting. And on May 5, questions about where the 5-star outside linebacker will commit will be silenced. Pappoe announced on Twitter on Monday that he will announce his choice that day.
The No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 7 overall prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports composite, has long maintained an interest in the Huskers. In February, Pappoe decided he would use one of his five official visits with Nebraska, with the visit set to occur sometime during the 2018 season.
It is unknown whether Pappoe will make a trip to Lincoln before announcing his decision. Obviously, his previously scheduled official visit no longer will matter (although he still can take the visit even if he is committed elsewhere). Additionally, it is possible that Pappoe could take an unofficial visit sometime this week.
I spoke with Kenyatta Watson, recruiting coordinator at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., last week. He said plans for Pappoe’s official visit to Nebraska were still on track.
Attempts to reach Pappoe and other sources close to him were unsuccessful.
Clemson, Auburn and Georgia are the primary contenders for Pappoe, with Nebraska on the outside looking in. The hope for Nebraska was that it could impress him during a visit. But after this development, it is looking like the Huskers will not have that opportunity.
The Bulldogs hold all but one of the predictions for Pappoe on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Kyle Ford secures spot at The Opening Final
The same weekend we confirmed that 4-star wide receiver Kyle Ford will be taking an unofficial visit to check out Nebraska’s spring game the weekend of April 21, Ford showed out on the field.
At the Southern California Opening regional on Sunday, Ford earned an invite to The Opening Finals this summer. It is a prestigious honor and a camp that features the top talent from one class in one place over the course of a few days.
Ford reportedly has been working on baseball and not even focusing much on football. That was not evident in his performance on Sunday, when 247Sports called him “a big, physical receiver with strong hands and made several plays down the field.” The evaluator of Ford’s day went on to say, “He runs well, does a nice job using his size to create separation and is very good in jump-ball situations.”
The Orange (Calif.) Lutheran standout is the 12th-ranked wideout and the No. 64 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
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Correction: Cinco Ranch was misidentified in the original post. Land of 10 regrets the error.