So Nebraska’s dead period wasn’t great.
Since Dec. 12, when the winter dead period began and coaches were no longer allowed face-to-face interaction with recruits, Nebraska lost two commitments in 3-star Robert Porcher IV and 3-star TE Reese Leitao, added a 3-star linebacker in Andrew Ward, then missed out on four of its top targets on national television during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Now, Nebraska enters its final stretch of the 2017 recruiting trail a little banged up and battered, under more scrutiny than ever.
Which makes the next two weeks even more pivotal.
Coaches will be permitted to hit the road again when the dead period ceases Jan. 11.
Here’s a quick look at who Nebraska coaches will likely visit and who is scheduled to visit Nebraska.
Who Nebraska will likely visit
A trip to California is planned for Nebraska coaches.
It might start with a trip to Los Angeles to see Jamire Calvin, who committed to Oregon State over Nebraska on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
But sources told Land of 10 on Monday that Calvin might not end up at Oregon State. The Calvin and Nebraska saga is far from over, and Nebraska coaches will probably want to talk to Calvin first during this visiting period to figure out what exactly is going on. Calvin had been leaning toward Nebraska for months, and he was reportedly the silent commit so many 2017 commits alluded to for months.
If Nebraska is still interested in Calvin, they’ll probably want to figure that out first.
Nebraska will certainly visit 5-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis, the No. 2 receiver in the 2017 class. This will be seal-the-deal time for wide receivers coach Keith Williams, who has been recruiting Lewis hard this entire recruiting cycle.
Williams will likely be on the road with cornerbacks coach Donte Williams. The two will probably also visit 4-star Greg Johnson, Lewis’ teammate and the No. 1 athlete in the 2017 class. Donte Williams recruited Johnson to Arizona. Johnson decommitted from Arizona the day before Williams took the job at Nebraska. Johnson told Land of 10 after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that Nebraska isn’t the school that stands out the most, but he does have a good relationship with both Williams coaches.
Finally, in California, Nebraska could stop by the home of 4-star corner Deommodore Lenoir. The No. 10 corner in the 2017 class, Lenoir was a standout in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He also has a visit planned in Lincoln for Jan. 20. That may mean Nebraska won’t visit Lenoir, since they can sell him on his visit to Nebraska, but a visit wouldn’t hurt, considering the 247sports crystal ball predictions still favor Oregon for Lenoir.
Non-California recruits who could see a visit are 3-star defensive tackle Damion Daniels from Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas. Daniels, who visited Nebraska during the season, has been high on the Huskers since. With the decommitment of Robert Porcher IV, Nebraska could use another defensive line commit.
4-star corner Kamren Curl recently put Nebraska in his final six schools, so he could see cornerbacks coach Brian Stewart while Williams is in California. And 4-star linebacker Isaac Slade-Matautia could get another visit from defensive coordinator Mark Banker, who also visited in December.
Who is visiting
As it stands, this is the current official visit schedule for Nebraska.
|Friday, Jan. 13||Kurt Rafdal||TE||3 stars|
|Saturday, Jan. 14||Jeremiah Hawkins||ATH||3 stars|
|Friday, Jan. 20||Deommodore Lenoir||CB||4 stars|
|Friday, Jan. 20||Brenden Jaimes||OT||3 stars|
|Saturday, Jan. 21||Bryan Thompson||WR||3 stars|
Rafdal, a former Indiana commit, was recently given an offer by Nebraska. With the decommitment of Leitao, Nebraska now needs a tight end in this class.
Hawkins is currently a California commit. He’s had an offer since June of 2015.
Jaimes is currently a commit.
Nebraska will pursue Thompson, offered Jan. 7, harder now that they’re not sure about Calvin.
The visiting period goes through Jan. 30.