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Early list of recruits in town for Nebraska spring game
All four of Nebraska’s commits in the 2019 recruiting class are expected to be on campus for the Red-White spring game on Saturday:
- 3-star outside linebacker Garrett Nelson
- 3-star athlete Garrett Snodgrass
- 3-star defensive tackle Ethan Piper
- 3-star running back Thomas Grayson
Even more 2019 targets will make their way to a sold-out Memorial Stadium. Among them, are:
- 4-star tight end Chris Hickman (Omaha Burke standout)
- 4-star athlete Ty Robinson
- 3-star RB John Bivens
- 3-star defensive end Mosai Newsom
- 3-star cornerback Tacorey Turner (teammates with 2018 signee Cam Taylor, who will be at the game)
Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn is bringing several players up to Nebraska for the game:
- 4-star OLB Ge’Mon Eaford
- 3-star wide receiver Bryce Gowdy (2020 prospect)
- 3-star WR Deajaun McDougle (2020 prospect)
- 4-star RB Jaylan Knighton (2020 prospect)
John Bivens sure trip will be worth it
On Friday, Bivens will make the 10-hour trip from his native Dayton, Ohio, to Lincoln. He said he’s already built a solid relationship with coach Scott Frost and running backs coach Ryan Held, speaking with at least one of them every couple of days.
“Just asking me how I’m doing, making sure I’m all right, making sure my grades are good and all that stuff,” he told Land of 10.
Bivens is the No. 26 running back in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Cincinnati, Kentucky and Louisville are the other schools that contact him as frequently as does Nebraska. Those schools are in his top 6, along with Southern Cal and Toledo.
“The schools that are in my top 6, they’ve been recruiting me the hardest,” Bivens said. “They think I can play early.”
Those same two factors are the primary reasons why Bivens’ interest in Nebraska is particularly high.
“High-energy, coaches getting into it just as much as the players are,” Bivens said. “Good atmosphere, I know it’s going to be a good crowd because they’re already sold out.”
The sellout part definitely stood out to Bivens.
The coaches have told Bivens that he is an ideal fit for their offense because he can line up at multiple positions.
“They’re saying ‘You’re an athlete, you can really adapt to any system,'” he said.
Kentucky hosted Bivens for a visit last week. In the weeks after his Nebraska visit, he will head to Louisville and Cincinnati. During the summer, Bivens will check out USC.
All of those visits will be unofficial trips, Bivens said. He wants to wait to use his official visits in the fall and commit once those are done, so there will be plenty of time for the Huskers to continue impressing him. But the spring game will present an opportunity for the Huskers to stand out.
Most likely to commit after the weekend
The spring game usually leads to at least a commitment or two. A common question I’ve been receiving over the last couple of weeks is, “Who is the next prospect to commit?” I’m not the biggest fan of playing guessing games, but I’ll indulge here for a second.
I’ll start with the two prospects returning for visits, Newsom and Robinson. The Huskers are high on both, especially Newsom. There’s been some 247Sports Crystal Ball activity in favor of Nebraska for Newsom, so I will say he is more likely to commit than Robinson, who might take more time with his decision, given his options (19 offers).
For a dark horse candidate, I will throw in Hickman. He is expected to carry his recruitment into the summer, and I’d be surprised if he committed. But there’s always the possibility.
Again, I want to stress this exercise was completely conjecture.
Nebraska offers Iowa Western standout
After signing with Ole Miss in the 2017 class but not qualifying academically, Chester Graves continued his career at Iowa Western, which is a key JUCO school for Nebraska recruiting. The Huskers are taking advantage of their relationship with that program and offered Graves on Wednesday, joining a myriad of other schools in the market for the 4-star defensive end.
Originally from Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill, Graves has also received offers from Iowa, Alabama and Miami. The Rebels have also re-offered him this time around. The Huskers are in the market for help on the defensive line this cycle and could bring in a body ready to compete for reps mid-year by adding Graves in its 2019 class.
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