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Justin McGriff commits to Nebraska
The crop of prospects on official visits last weekend is already yielding massive returns for the new Nebraska coaching staff. After the Huskers received commitments from Jaron Woodyard and C.J. Smith on Sunday night, 3-star wide receiver Justin McGriff became the third player Scott Frost and his staff have landed at Nebraska.
McGriff, who is from Tampa, Fla., was one of the first UCF commits Frost offered once he took the Nebraska job. Less than a week later, McGriff pledged to the Huskers. I caught up with McGriff on Monday night, and he discussed how important playing for the coaching staff was to him.
After he slept on his decision Sunday night into Monday, McGriff had made up his mind — he wanted to play for the Huskers.
McGriff is the No. 167 wide receiver in the class, according to the 247Sports composite. His commitment demonstrates that the staff has no qualms about poaching prospects they recruited to UCF. (Katerian Legrone is another UCF commit who quickly picked up a Nebraska offer. The tight end will be on his official visit this weekend, so keep an eye on him.)
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It’s clear that the staff believes McGriff can hack it as a receiver in the Big Ten. Certainly, his size makes him an intriguing prospect. At 6-foot-6, he is one of the tallest recruits, at least at a skill position, in this class. He weighs in at 210 pounds, so he can afford to add some weight. With his frame, he can quickly establish himself as a red zone target for jump balls and goal-line fade passes.
Finally, McGriff’s decision gives the Huskers another commit from the Sunshine State. It certainly won’t be the last time a Florida prospect picks the Huskers, especially with this staff and its ties to the state. Land of 10’s Sean Keeler wrote about a new, potential “#Floribraska” pipeline opening, and it will be interesting to see if that gains traction.
DE target hosts trio of Nebraska coaches, schedules official visit
Nebraska has been looking to shore up its defensive line in this recruiting cycle, and the new staff has targeted a familiar face from the former coaching regime. Daniel Carson, a 3-star defensive end from Independence, Mo., picked up traction with Mike Riley and his staff. The new staff took a big step in keeping Carson’s interest in Nebraska.
On Monday, Carson hosted Frost, defensive line coach Mike Dawson and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander before the trio returned to Orlando to prepare UCF for its Peach Bowl matchup against Auburn — but not before setting up an official visit to Lincoln this weekend for Carson.
— Daniel Carson (@sports__finest) December 12, 2017
“I decided to visit Nebraska because Coach Frost did an amazing job at UCF and turned the program around,” Carson told Mike Matya of Rivals.com. “I just want to see what they have to offer and to see the type of situation I would be in, if I went there. I want to see if it’s like what I want in a university, the family atmosphere there with the players, and if the coaches are good coaches. I also competed against the Davis twins [defensive linemen Carlos and Khalil] in high school in track.”
What will Carson be paying attention to the most during his visit?
“Just the atmosphere and making sure it’s the right fit for me,” Carson told Matya. “My mother goes on my trips with me, too, just to make sure I’m going to a great school and I will be taken care of as an athlete and as a person as well. To make sure I will be the man I am supposed to be.”
When the staff visited Carson, he had just completed an official visit to Miami. His first official trip was to Texas in September. He recently picked up an offer from Tennessee and also is considering Oklahoma and Ohio State.
Carson is the No. 22 strong-side defensive end in this class, per the 247Sports composite. In 11 games this season for William Chrisman High School, he recorded 73 tackles (49 solo) with 17 tackles for loss and 6 sacks, according to MaxPreps.com. Carson is 6-5 and 260 pounds.
Jordan Allen will visit this weekend
The Ryan Held Tour never stops, apparently, and the Huskers running backs coach’s most recent travels took him to the Bay Area, where he visited defensive end Jordan Allen. Allen is a 3-star JUCO defensive end prospect and currently attends City College of San Francisco.
— Jordan Allen (@dontsleeponj) December 12, 2017
Two days ago, Allen named the Huskers to his top five schools along with TCU, Colorado, Michigan State and Arizona State. He is a native of Fairfield, Calif. All four of his Crystal Ball prediction on 247Sports have Allen picking TCU; he committed to TCU in October but backed off that pledge less than a month later.
Allen would give the Huskers a bona fide pass rusher on the edge at 6-5 and 240 pounds, plus junior college playing experience. He is the No. 2 weak-side defensive end in this class among JUCO prospects, according to the 247Sports composite.
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