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Travis Fisher keeps Florida ties while noticing St. Louis’ importance
Don’t get Travis Fisher wrong. The Nebraska secondary coach knows that the Huskers must have a presence in Florida on the recruiting trail. That’s why he represented Nebraska last weekend during camps at Florida International and Florida Atlantic, scouting thousands of prospects over the course of a couple days.
For Fisher, there aren’t many better places for him to find future Nebraska defensive backs, he told HuskersOnline.
“I don’t want to say there’s not a better place,” Fisher said. “Miami, Florida, that’s the hotbed in recruiting. I think it’s very important that we stay down there and that we do a good job down there and have great relationships with the high school coaches.”
Seeing a high volume of kids all at once is another reason he said attending satellite camps is important.
“There’s a lot of speed down here,” he said. “There’s a lot of skill-position kids down here.”
The camps also provide him with the chance to see prospects the Huskers coaches recruited while they were at UCF.
“When they see us, they come running over to us,” Fisher said. “It’s very important. I’m glad we have those relationships with these kids down here.
“We want to add skill, especially in the back end in the secondary. I speak for my position group. We really want to get some guys that can really play, move around, get tough guys, guys that love football. I think that’s very important — whether they come from Florida or whether they come from anywhere in the country.”
With the coaching staff now in Lincoln, the program has set its sights on a different city filled with talent: St. Louis. Fisher noted the proximity and how Nebraska wants to own the city, in respect to recruiting, within the next few cycles.
“When we were coaching over at UCF, it was very important that we made Miami our hotbed,” Fisher said. “We wanted to lay out our nest and recruit the area big-time. I think being at Nebraska in the Midwest, I think St. Louis is that area. That’s our Miami. I think it’s very important that we get those kids out of that area.”
The staff sees significant opportunity in St. Louis. Nebraska’s logo can carry serious weight there, Fisher said.
“No one owns it,” he said about the city.
Illinois has made significant strides in the area with its 2019 recruiting class, but that’s thanks largely to the hiring of tight ends coach Cory Patterson, the former coach at St. Louis power Trinity Catholic.
Nebraska target and 4-star offensive lineman Jack Buford committed to Missouri last week. Mizzou coach Barry Odom has had a difficult time establishing a recruiting identity in St. Louis, but perhaps there’s momentum there with Buford’s commitment.
The Huskers had a contingent at the recent Lindenwood satellite camp in the St. Louis area. It’s just another example of how they are prioritizing the area.
Marcus Hicks commits to Oklahoma
The Huskers’ linebacking corps added a commitment from Jackson Hannah last week. There’s also the continuous pursuit of Omaha Burke standout Nick Henrich. Late last week, another piece to the puzzle was set.
Marcus Hicks, a 4-star outside linebacker, announced his commitment to Oklahoma on Friday. The Wichita, Kan., native had visited Nebraska for two unofficial visits — once last fall under the former coaching staff and once for a junior day under Scott Frost’s new staff.
According to the 247Sports composite, Hicks is the No. 24 weakside defensive end and No. 313 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
As a regional priority, Nebraska held Hicks in high regard. There also was interest on Hicks’ part. The staff saw him as more of an edge linebacker, though. Hicks may want to play at the next level with his hand on the ground and that likely played a factor in his decision.
It was going to be difficult to beat out the Sooners. Lincoln Riley and his staff had long held an advantage on Hicks in his 247Sports Crystal Ball. Heading into his commitment, Oklahoma held all 14 predictions for Hicks.
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