In an eventful Thursday night, Nebraska coaches fanned out across the country to check in with both commits and recruits choosing between Nebraska and other top schools.
Even though we did have a recruiting notebook Thursday night, this late visiting period is pivotal for Nebraska, so we want to keep you up-to-date between the evening notebooks.
First, and most noteworthy, was Nebraska cornerbacks coach Donte Williams’ visit with 4-star cornerback Deommodore Lenoir.
— DLeno?? (@Deommo_Lenoir) January 13, 2017
Lenoir was the second recruit Williams visited on Thursday. He had stopped by 3-star athlete and California commit Michael Onyemaobi’s home in the morning.
Lenoir is the No. 10 corner in the 2017 class and No. 11 recruit out of California. Lenoir already has a visit set up for Jan. 20 in Lincoln, so the home visit was a little surprising. Nonetheless, the visit from Williams on the first day of the visiting period shows two things:
- Williams’ persistence to get in the door with Lenior, a former Oregon commit.
- The huge need Nebraska has to land a bombshell recruit.
Nothing has been talked about more in the past few weeks than Nebraska’s “talent gap,” and the message from fans after the Tennessee game to go get top talent has been heard. Williams left at 1:13 a.m. on Thursday to begin recruiting.
Nebraska is not messing around and is taking its best shot by both visiting Lenior and setting up an official visit with the 4-star corner.
While Williams was in the West, two line coaches checked in on commits in the Midwest.
Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh went to Austin, Texas, to visit 3-star OT Brenden Jaimes.
— Brenden Jaimes (@BrendenJaimes) January 13, 2017
Jaimes was recently offered by both Baylor and TCU but still is currently committed to Nebraska.
Land of 10 also confirmed that Deontre Thomas and his family met with Nebraska defensive line coach John Parrella in Thomas’ home in Mustang, Okla., on Thursday night. Thomas recently said he’s been looking for a “plan B” in case he and Nebraska have a falling out. The schools currently recruiting him are Oklahoma and Notre Dame, he said.
Parrella, sensing the need to solidify the defensive line commits he already has, must have known he needed to meet with Thomas.
The last bit of news from Thursday came from 3-star athlete Kameron Curl. Wide receivers coach Keith Williams met with Curl during the first visiting period, and Nebraska is still in the running to land the 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver.
Curl originally had planned to announce his commitment on National Signing Day, but instead announced on Twitter Thursday night he’ll be moving that up to this coming Thursday.
— K.a.m.2⃣ (@Kam__Bam__) January 13, 2017
Curls is between Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Baylor, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Nebraska.