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Nebraska offers quarterback Jamarye Joiner
Apparently, Nebraska may not be done adding to its quarterback room.
The same day former Huskers quarterback Tanner Lee announced he was declaring for the NFL draft, Nebraska countered by offering 3-star dual-threat prospect Jamarye Joiner. The Tuscon, Ariz., native is currently committed to Arizona, but did not sign with them during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period. That left Nebraska with the ability to swoop in and extend an offer.
WOW!! Extremely honored and blessed to receive my 3rd D1 offer from The University of Nebraska ☠️🌽‼️ pic.twitter.com/cOFoJrIyWt
— Jaboo™ (@Jamaryejoiner) December 28, 2017
Joiner has been committed to Arizona since Sept. 25, 2016. In the two weekends leading up to the early signing period, he took the only two of his official visits thus far with Arizona State and then Arizona.
Nebraska already has a quarterback in the 2018 class, 4-star Adrian Martinez, who signed Dec. 20 and will enroll early next month to compete for the starting job. With Lee out of the picture, and underclassmen Tristan Gebbia and Patrick O’Brien still on the roster, it appears Nebraska wants to add to the depth at the position and will target unsigned prospects as they fit.
Joiner is the No. 19 dual-threat signal-caller in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. Nebraska became just the third program to offer him, as Arizona State and Arizona were the only schools to offer Joiner before Thursday. He told Tuscon.com he opted not to sign during the early signing period for a bigger ceremony in February.
“My mom wants to have a party, a get-together,” Joiner said. “It’s a new chapter in my life. Signing day is a big deal for us.”
The offer is interesting for a few reasons. First, Arizona now has added pressure outside its in-state and primary rival that is trying to flip Joiner. Secondly, with Martinez already in the class and a player like Gebbia already on campus, Nebraska must still want more arms on campus. It’s also worth asking whether the Huskers would have offered Joiner had Lee not declared for the draft. Is the timing simply coincidental?
Huskers send out 4 more offers Thursday
The dead period has not stopped Nebraska from extending offers. Throughout the week, the Huskers targeted a crop of wide receivers, in addition to focusing on beefing up their lines. That trend continued Thursday, with the Huskers’ latest offers.
Aside from Joiner, the most high-profile of the offers went to Caleb Tannor, a 4-star weakside defensive end. The Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove product is the 19th-ranked prospect in his position group for the class. Tannor had been committed to Georgia for less than four months, backing off that commitment on Nov. 13. Auburn, which had been one of his leaders before pledging to the Bulldogs, is now the favorite to land him. On Tannor’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, 56 percent of the expert predictions have him going to Auburn.
Tannor will participate in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl this weekend. He would bring a pass-rush presence the staff is currently seeking, whether it be at an outside linebacker position or as a defensive end in Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme. The Huskers already have 4-star signee Tate Wildeman and 3-star signee David Alston as weakside defensive ends in the class; Wildeman projects as a true defensive end, while Alston may be better suited for outside linebacker. Tannor would be a solid addition at either spot, but the Huskers have to wow him between now and National Signing Day to land him.
Kendrick Torain is a 3-star cornerback from Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit. Torain is a UCLA de-commit, backing off that pledge on Nov. 4. His January is filling up fast, with official visits to South Florida, Louisville and Maryland already scheduled. That leaves Nebraska to basically convince him to take his visit during the final weekend before National Signing Day. If the Huskers can get him on campus, perhaps the timing can work in their favor.
Torain is the No. 67 cornerback in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. He also has experience at wide receiver, but the Huskers certainly have a need at cornerback and the offer to Torain gives them options. The coaching staff also offered him while they were at UCF.
Continuing Nebraska’s quest for offensive line depth, 3-star tackle Joshua Ezeudu received an offer Thursday. The No. 98 tackle in this class, Ezeudu has taken unofficial visits to Minnesota and West Virginia. He is 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds.
The Lawrenceville, Ga., native is a teammate at Archer with 4-star cornerback Taiyon Palmer, a primary target of the Huskers right now. Like Torain, he held an offer from staff members during their time as UCF coaches.
Cam Taylor, a 3-star athlete from Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing, also picked up a Huskers offer. He is the 54th-ranked athlete in the class. At one point, Taylor was committed to Missouri, but backed off that commitment on Oct. 25. He’s been on two unofficial visits to Auburn since October, but has not received an offer from the Tigers. Taylor has yet to take an official visit to any school. Again, Taylor is a prospect the staff is familiar with from its UCF days, having offered him there as well.
Jalyn Phillips is a member of the 2019 recruiting class and also the latest defensive back to receive a Nebraska offer. Phillips is the No. 21 safety in the class and a 4-star prospect.
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