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Tra Wilkins building relationship with Huskers
Tight ends coach Sean Beckton, whose recruiting area includes Georgia, wanted to watch Tra Wilkins work out.
The Nebraska assistant was so impressed by what he saw in the weight room and one the field, he offered the 3-star linebacker on the spot.
“I was excited,” Wilkins told Land of 10. “I was working for that offer for a while now.”
While 247Sports gives Wilkins that 3-star rating, he does not yet have a composite rating. But 247Sports ranks the Stephenson High (Stone Mountain) star the No. 72 athlete is the 2019 class. But it also lists him as an outside linebacker.
Nebraska sees him as more of an inside linebacker, Wilkins said. But the Huskers and Wilkins are both refusing to rule out the possibility he could move to the outside.
“They like me at inside linebacker, mostly inside,” the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Wilkins explained. “But I’m versatile enough to play outside, also.”
Wilkins holds 19 offers right now, with Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State and a variety of other top-tier programs among that group. Beckton will lead the Huskers’ charge in developing the relationship with Wilkins, which excites him.
“We are just building a relationship right now, getting to know each other better,” Wilkins said.
He’s expected to release a top 10 soon. If the Huskers can move quickly with him, then there’s a solid chance they will make that cut.
Rashawn Williams fan of Nebraska’s ‘family feel’ during unofficial visit
Martin Luther King High School in Detroit produces top talent every year. This week, the school traversed the Midwest among a caravan of three 15-person buses so recruits in the 2019 and ’20 classes can check out some regional programs. One of the stops was Nebraska, and 2020 wide receiver Rashawn Williams picked up an offer while there Tuesday.
“Man, it’s awesome,” Williams told Land of 10. “This offer is big-time. I’m pretty geeked about it.”
Williams said he’s watched Nebraska for a long time because one of his cousins is a big fan of the Huskers.
The campus made a strong impression on Williams, who is 6-1 and 185 pounds. He also liked the family bond he sensed in the weight room while watching the team work out.
Williams said he talked with Scott Frost and offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters. He connected with Walters, he said, and the coach even offered some advice.
“We kicked it,” Williams said. “He said to work on the top of my routes, that way I can create more separation at the break.”
Whenever Williams cuts his list down to 10 schools or so, he said Nebraska will definitely make the list. He’s just unsure of when that cut-down will occur.
Some of the other schools Williams and his teammates visited include Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State. Missouri was also one of his favorite schools from the trip, he said.
There’s a good chance Nebraska won’t be done with the Martin Luther King program, either. Williams said he was the only one to pick up an offer, but the staff wants to see 2019 dual-threat quarterback Dequan Finn throw. Other prospects on Nebraska’s radar include 4-star safety Marvin Grant (also a 2019 prospect) and 2020 recruits Peny Boone (running back) and Deondre Buford (tackle).
2019 cornerback picks up Nebraska offer
Nebraska became the fifth offer for 3-star cornerback Kyu Kelly on Wednesday. He is the No. 71 cornerback in the 2019 class and the No. 730 prospect overall.
Boise State, California, Nevada and Utah have already offered the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman standout. He’s the second-ranked prospect in Nevada.
Nebraska receiver Tyjon Lindsey also went to Bishop Gorman.
Former Nebraska signee Elijah Blades picks up LSU offer
Elijah Blades signed with Nebraska on National Signing Day in 2017, but he never made it to campus because he could not academically qualify. Instead, he wound up at Arizona Western Community College to get his grades in order.
Nebraska isn’t really on his radar anymore from the looks of it, but he’s assembled an offer list of Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Ole Miss and Tennessee. On Wednesday, LSU extended an offer, according to Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country.
The 6-2 prospect was the No. 15 cornerback and top 150 overall prospect in his class before taking the JUCO route.
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