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ATH/DE Ty Robinson visited this past weekend. Why such an early visit? Any word on his visit?
— L. E. D. (@lredeugene) February 19, 2018
I’ve been trying to reach Ty Robinson since his unofficial visit over the weekend, but we haven’t linked up just yet. I promise that when we do, there will be a story or two on the site with details about the visit and his recruitment.
The reason for the early visit? He apparently has family from Nebraska, and the Huskers are taking advantage of that connection.
Robinson is a 4-star prospect and the No. 26 athlete in the 2019 class. His 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame means he projects at a variety of positions, most likely as a tight end or defensive end/outside linebacker. During an offering spree in January, the Gilbert (Ariz.) Higley prospect picked up his Huskers offer. Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco took the lead with that offer, but it’s unkown which coach is in charge of Robinson’s recruitment.
Robinson holds offers from 12 schools, with the likes of Alabama, Stanford, Oregon and Washington all vying for him. In-state programs Arizona and Arizona State will be tough to beat out, but the Nebraska connection has already been enough to bring Robinson to campus. Will it be enough for a signature?
As the weeks go on, more unofficial visitors will trickle in, culminating in a junior day in April. The spring game will also be a key recruiting weekend for the 2019 class.
Owen Pappoe update?
— Derrick (@Derrick27140294) February 19, 2018
How much impact could an early Owen Pappoe commit make on other 5* Recruits to consider Nebraska seriously?
— Jeff Lewis (@Mobilfarmersmkt) February 19, 2018
We had an update in our notebook last week about 5-star outside linebacker Owen Pappoe, who is the top-ranked outside linebacker and No. 7 overall prospect in the 2019 class. He will indeed be taking an official visit to Nebraska during the fall. It’s safe to assume Nebraska still owns a spot in the top-3 list that Pappoe released in November.
Pappoe attends Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., the same program that produced current Huskers linebackers Mohamed Barry and Breon Dixon. And Pappoe threw lighter fluid on the proverbial fire Monday with this tweet:
— Owen Pappoe (@opfreak15) February 19, 2018
Like I’ve been saying, Nebraska will be very much in play for Pappoe.
What are your thoughts on the #FrostEffect that has occurred among Nebraska sports right now? Do you see this boosting the winning attitude and confidence in sports not only just football at Nebraska for the future?
— Broderick Stohs (@BroderickStohs) February 19, 2018
I’m not totally convinced this is a #FrostEffect any more than a #MoosEffect. Land of 10 columnist Sean Keeler actually wrote an entire piece on this. On Monday, I published a story about Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos and his involvement in recruiting, too.
It’s becoming apparent Moos will do everything in his power to cater to Frost and his program. This is a good thing. The university invested $35 million and seven years (to start) in the man, so he should get what he wants to turn the ship around, within reason.
I’m also not buying the idea that one coach’s arrival can impact how other teams play. Perhaps I am wrong, but last I checked, there’s no real way to measure this. I do believe that leadership and confidence have a trickle-down effect, flowing from administrators to coaches to players.
One final point: I think this is kind of a slap in the face to the other fine coaches on campus. John Cook (volleyball) is a legend. Amy Williams (women’s basketball) is demonstrating why she was the right hire and is a damn good coach from what I’ve observed. They put themselves in that position for success — not Scott Frost.
Does Nebraska have much of a shot at any of the top prospects for 2019 that the coaches have offered?
— Greg (@gwad_1982) February 20, 2018
Sure! The reason is because there are several regional recruits who are ranked highly in the 2019 class.
We’ve already talked about Pappoe, and he’s the highest-rated prospect Nebraska is really in the mix for. Five-star athlete Isaiah Williams, who Nebraska is recruiting as a quarterback, is the No. 25 overall prospect in the nation. He’s a St. Louis, Mo., native. As an elite regional recruit, and the Huskers are poised to better their standing in the area, expect Williams to be a priority.
Omaha Burke teammates Nick Henrich (linebacker) and Chris Hickman (tight end) are a pair of 4-star prospects the Huskers will obviously be going after hard.
Max Duggan, a 4-star quarterback prospect, is a Council Bluffs, Iowa native who will occupy a top spot on Nebraska’s board. Other top targets include 5-star quarterback Jayden Daniels and 4-star tackle Danielson Ike, and the list won’t stop there.
Nebraska will have a shot with whoever gives them a chance.
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