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Spencer Lytle to visit Nebraska
Like many prospects, 3-star prospect Spencer Lytle sees Nebraska as a top choice.
The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco junior linebacker picked up an offer from the Huskers on Monday and is in the process of planning a visit to Nebraska.
“Still nailing down a date, but it will be in the the next 30-to-60 days,” Lytle told Land of 10. “The spring game would be perfect.”
The spring game on April 21 will be a key recruiting event for the Huskers.
Lytle plans to complete a majority of his visits during the spring. He has a tentative commitment timeline of making his choice sometime this summer.
“Nebraska is a top program that I will strongly consider and will be among my top schools,” Lytle said.
Offensive coordinator Troy Walters, Lytle’s area recruiter, extended the scholarship offer. He had talks with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud before the offer.
“The conversation [with Walters] was great and he let me know how I fit within their defense,” Lytle said. “He liked my versatility. I was communicating with Coach Ruud prior to the offer and then got a note to call Coach Walters.”
The offer was a special one for Lytle.
“I was extremely excited,” he said. “It’s a school on my short list that I really wanted an opportunity to play at.”
Lytle said he knows quite a bit about Nebraska’s program.
“I had interest in Nebraska prior to the offer purely based on their strong history and the new staff,” Lytle said. “It blows my mind that the spring game is sold out.”
The fan response Lytle has seen on Twitter since he announced the offer has been “pretty cool,” he said.
Lytle lived in Orlando, Fla., for five years, so he was familiar with UCF and had followed the program. What he saw from Scott Frost and the coaching staff there the last two seasons impressed him. It definitely helps the Huskers’ case in recruiting him.
“It’s definitely an influence,” Lytle said. “They’ve proven they can turn a program around in a short period of time.”
Outside of Nebraska, Lytle holds 37 offers. On Wednesday alone, he picked up offers from Clemson, California and Vanderbilt. The other schools recruiting him hardest include Texas A&M, TCU, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Nebraska, UCLA, Duke, Illinois, Pitt, Minnesota, Virginia and Utah.
There are two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Lytle at this time, one in favor of Minnesota and the other cast for UCLA.
Lytle is the No. 33 outside linebacker and No. 490 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. Walters has told him he fits nicely into what Nebraska wants to accomplish on defense, and recruiting edge rushers will be a priority for the Huskers.
“I think the scheme fits my ability well,” Lytle said. “I played that all last year. I played in coverage, up on the line rushing or containing, to covering the tight end, slot or running back in man [coverage].”
He also slid to middle linebacker when his team went with a nickel defense.
Lytle’s favorite athlete is Carolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson.
“Versatile player that can play any position on the field, a linebacker with safety speed and coverage,” Lytle said of Thompson. “He’s a commander on the field and a great leader.”
Greg Austin pleased with incoming line talent
It’s no surprise that Austin sees Farniok, a Sioux Falls, S.D., native, as a inside guy. All three of Farniok’s older brothers played college football at the Power 5 level, which Austin likes, and Matt Farniok is a redshirt sophomore lineman for the Huskers.
“Tough kid,” Austin said when describing Farniok. “He comes from a good lineage of brothers … Matt’s pushing Will day to day in the weight room.
“Great, smart kid. He’s already in the fold working hard. Natural center ability.”
Austin said his long relationship with Canty ultimately paid off.
“A guy we’ve been on for a very long time,” Austin said. “We established relationships with him from our days back at UCF. A big, athletic, gritty kid.
“In this offense as an offensive tackle, you have to do a good job on the edges,” Austin said, noting the need to continue developing tackle depth. “You’re playing some really good defensive end talent in this conference. We think he’s going to be a guy that can help us out here soon.”
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