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Nebraska continues targeting 2019 pass rushers
Make no mistake: Pass rushers will be more than welcome in Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class. If a prospect excels at getting after the quarterback and is interested in what Scott Frost and his staff are building, you can bet that he will find a way on to Nebraska’s board.
A day after receiving interest from defensive end Lloyd Summerall, the Huskers offered outside linebacker Spencer Lytle on Monday night. The Bellflower, Calif., native attends powerhouse St. John Bosco. In 10 games last season, Lytle recorded 77 tackles (43 solo) with 7 for loss, according to MaxPreps.com.
Prior to the Nebraska offer, Lytle’s most recent offer came from Texas A&M. He holds 34 offers in total, including from several Ivy League schools, indicating that he’s taking care of business in the classroom, too. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Lytle is the No. 33 outside linebacker in the Class of 2019 and the No. 474 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.
There are two 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Lytle — one for UCLA and one for Minnesota.
Another outside linebacker — from the opposite side of the country — also received some love from Nebraska on Monday (he received his Huskers offer Jan. 23).
— Tra Wilkins (@7solidtra) February 19, 2018
Wilkins, from Stone Mountain, Ga., is a 3-star prospect but is not yet rated in the composite system. He holds 19 offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State. Nebraska has been sending recruits those edited jerseys for about a week now.
Last weekend, Wilkins attended a junior day at South Carolina. Two weekends before that, he checked out Georgia State.
Of course, Nebraska will be in the hunt for other pass rushers outside of Lytle and Wilkins. But we’ll monitor their interest as their recruitments heat up.
Marquez Beason set to announce top 3
One of the nation’s top athletes plans to whittle down his list of schools in the near future. Will Nebraska be in the group for 4-star prospect Marquez Beason, a onetime Huskers commit?
Top 3 coming soon 🤫🤫
— ¹ (@Ezmoneyquez) February 20, 2018
Beason is the fifth-ranked athlete in the 2019 class and the No. 54 overall prospect. The majority of the 43 schools that have offered him have done so with the intent of having him play defensive back.
Nebraska appeared to be in decent standing with Beason in October when he included the Huskers in his final group of six schools during his junior season. However, the tweet that announced that decision has been deleted.
The new Huskers staff offered him, so there’s been some level of communication with Frost’s staff, but it’s unknown whether he’s taken Nebraska off his radar. The other schools in that group at the time were Illinois, LSU, Texas A&M, Baylor and Florida. All of those schools are presumed to still be in it for Beason.
He recently attended a junior day at Texas A&M and took an unofficial visit to LSU. The Tigers currently lead his 247Sports Crystal Ball, with 65 percent of 17 predictions. The Aggies hold the rest of the forecasts.
Troy Walters comments on 2018 tight ends Katerian Legrone, Cameron Jurgens
National Signing Day brought Nebraska’s assistant coaches to a fan forum at the Rococo Theatre in downtown Lincoln to break down the incoming class. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters told the crowd about the tight end signees: 4-star prospect Cameron Jurgens and 3-star prospect Katerian Legrone.
Jurgens, a Beatrice, Neb., native was a priority for the new staff, Walters said, as is the case with all top in-state players. That elicited rousing applause from the crowd.
Jurgens was the top-ranked prospect in Nebraska in his class.
“He’s athletic, physical, tough,” Walters said. “We’re looking forward to all the different things he’s going to be able to do.”
The staff offered only two prospects who were committed to UCF while they were there. Legrone was one of them.
“Another athlete,” Walters said of Legrone. “Hybrid, can do a lot of things for us. Can line up in the slot. He has the frame to create mismatches against linebackers and smaller defenders. He can line up outside as well. He’s going to put on some weight so he can play tight end as well.
“What we try to do is get playmakers, guys who can [succeed] with the ball in their hands. I think we’ve done that with all of the skill guys in this class.”
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