Nebraska found two key prospects from California in its 2018 recruiting class: 4-star quarterback Adrian Martinez, the crown jewel of the class, and 3-star wide receiver Andre Hunt.
Offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters is the primary recruiter for the state. In 2019, that’s doubly beneficial, since some of the Huskers’ most-wanted targets in California are on the offensive side of the ball and receiver.
Let’s take a closer look at those targets from The Golden State.
Hometown (Program): Santa Ana (Mater Dei)
Position: Running back
Ranking: 4 stars, No. 1 all-purpose back, No. 105 overall prospect
Sean Dollars is one of the most coveted backs in the nation — and perhaps the top running back on the West Coast. The Huskers value backs who can make impacts in both the running and passing game, and the top all-purpose back in a good place to start. Oregon and Southern Cal will make it difficult to pull Dollars east, but Nebraska will try. On Monday, Dollars tweeted that he had productive conversations with coach Scott Frost, running backs coach Ryan Held and Walters. He has unofficial visits to Cal and Oregon planned for April. Can Nebraska get him on campus then, too?
Hometown (Program): San Diego (Madison)
Ranking: Not yet rated
Stanford, UCLA and USC have the early jump with Kenan Christon. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound back is one of the fastest backs out west. He should be primed for a big spring and summer, so expect his offer list (currently at 11) to grow.
Position: Wide receiver
Ranking: 4 stars, No. 9 WR, No. 52 overall
Mycah Pittman released a top 10 last week with Nebraska included, a good sign for the Huskers. The 6-foot receiver is originally from Florida, and the Gators will have an upper hand. UCLA and Ohio State will also be contenders here.
Hometown (Program): Orange (Orange Lutheran)
Ranking: 4 stars, No. 12 WR, No. 64 overall
Another highly ranked receiver considering the Huskers, Kyle Ford has plans to be on campus for the spring game. USC is the early favorite for Ford, but Michigan, Washington and Colorado have also made strong impressions early on. He qualified for The Opening Final after a strong regional camp a couple of weeks ago. Oregon may also get a visit sometime this spring, although his baseball season may provide some conflicts.
Hometown (Program): Mater Dei
Ranking: 4 stars, No. 40 WR, No. 240 overall
Braedin Huffman-Dixon recently said the Huskers were one of the four schools recruiting him the hardest, Oregon, Arizona State and Colorado the others. But the Trojans are the front-runner in Huffman-Dixon’s 247Sports Crystal Ball, so the USC’s activity with the 6-3, 180-pound recruit may be something to keep an eye on.
Hometown (Program): Moorpark
Ranking: 3 stars, No. 50 WR, No. 394 overall
Drake London is a two-sport athlete, and he’s still considering playing basketball in college. At 6-4, London is an intriguing option at receiver, especially since Frost and Walters like having big targets out wide. Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA and USC are the other contenders for London. Virginia has offered him the opportunity to play both sports.
Hometown (Program): Temecula (Linfield Christian)
Ranking: 3 stars, No. 51 tackle, No. 521 overall
Nebraska offered Ben Coleman on Feb. 28. The relationship has taken off from there, with Arizona State, California and Utah also making pushes thus far. Coleman is the son of eight-year NFL veteran Ben Coleman Sr. He can also play defensive line.
Hometown (Program): Los Angeles (Cathedral)
Position: Defensive end
Ranking: 4 stars, No. 17 strongside DE, No. 215 overall
USC and Oklahoma are the early favorites for Stephon Wright, who told Land of 10 earlier this month he would like to visit Nebraska sometime this spring. He’ll be taking an official visit to Colorado in late April, but the rest of his month could be open for visits.
Hometown (Program): Bellflower (St. John Bosco)
Position: Outside linebacker
Ranking: 3 stars, No. 30 OLB, No. 452 overall
One of the hottest prospects in the country, Spencer Lytle has racked up several big-time offers in the last six weeks. Now he has quite the spring planned, including a trip to Nebraska for the spring game. He’s coming off unofficial trips to Texas and Texas A&M and has plans to see Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Illinois and Clemson during the first week of April. Expect Lytle to have 4 stars next to his name by the time the recruiting cycle ends.