Trey Dean de-commits from Tennessee, holds Nebraska offer
Four-star safety Trey Dean announced his de-commitment from Tennessee on Thursday, hours after the school named Jeremy Pruitt coach. SEC Country’s Blake Morgan writes, “In fairness, Dean was probably going to de-commit regardless of the coach.” The Huskers offered Dean on Sunday, the new staff’s first full day on the job.
Dean’s de-commitment comes on the heels of his official visit to Alabama. He has official visits to Florida and Kentucky planned for the next two weekends. Odds are, Morgan writes, that Dean winds up committing to an SEC school. According to his 247Sports Crystal Ball, 73 percent of recruiting experts predict he will commit to Alabama.
— Trey Dean (@__TD3) December 7, 2017
Dean is the No. 22 safety in this class and the No. 252 prospect overall, according to the 247Sports composite.
The Huskers have made it a habit of targeting prospects of programs in coaching flux, such as Florida State and Tennessee.
Offensive line targets get a look
Perhaps no coach in the country has logged more miles this week on the recruiting trail than Ryan Held. The new running backs coach has been on the West Coast and has now traveled through Texas and the Midwest on behalf of the new Nebraska coaching staff, checking in with longtime targets from the previous staff and introducing new targets to the program.
Early Thursday, he checked in with junior college offensive lineman Levon Livingston, who signed with Kentucky before transferring to Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.
— leeglizzy (@BigDC202) December 7, 2017
Livingston was listed at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds in high school but has since gained some weight. He was a member of the 2015 recruiting class, meaning he likely has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He was a 3-star prospect in high school in Washington, D.C., and was the No. 84 offensive tackle in the country, according to the 247Sports composite.
Livingston is the latest example of a recruit from the JUCO ranks the new staff is targeting.
Sticking with the offensive line, the Huskers offered another lineman Thursday morning in 3-star prospect Hamilton Hall from Atlanta Chamblee Charter. The new staff has stuck with its Southeast roots in this recruiting cycle and seems intent on filling this class with such products.
Chad Simmons of Rivals.com reports that an official visit with Hall is in the works. He also writes that Indiana is the likely front-runner for him right now. UCF was one of Hall’s first offers, so the staff has established a level of familiarity, which why this is moving quickly.
Hall is the No. 120 offensive tackle in the country, per the 247Sports composite, although it’s likely his 6-5, 315-pound frame entices his future coaches to move him inside. He has an official visit scheduled for Oklahoma this weekend and one at Ole Miss on Jan. 26. His Nebraska visit will come sometime between those two dates, maybe even as early as next weekend. He’s not expected to commit until late January or early February and sign on the traditional signing day.
More offers go out
As stated above, the staff is singling out the commits of teams in the middle of coaching changes, as is the case with two offers doled out Thursday.
One offer went out to Robert Cooper, the No. 4 defensive tackle in the country, per the 247Sports composite. He is a top-100 prospect and a supreme talent at 6-foot-2, 377 pounds. He is from Snellville, Ga. He’s amassed 35 offers and is committed to Florida State.
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The next offer went to former Arkansas commit Byron Hanspard II. He de-committed from the Razorbacks on Nov. 29 and has since taken an official visit to Baylor, which now seems to be the front-runner. He also received an offer from West Virginia. He’s been recruited as an athlete — the 4-star prospect is the 16th-ranked athlete in the country, according to 247Sports — but is expected to play on the defensive side of the ball as a cornerback.
— Byron Hanspard II (@bjhanspard94) December 7, 2017
Cam’Ron Jones also received a Huskers offer Thursday. He is the No. 25 safety and the No. 299 overall prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports composite, and holds a 4-star rating. The Mansfield (Tex.) standout is also a difference-maker in the return game. Jones was a UCLA commit but de-committed on Monday. An offer from Ole Miss came in the days before his de-commitment and is now the favorite to land Jones. He has a visit scheduled with the Rebels in late January.