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The quarterback conundrum
Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf is out and about this week recruiting. After Nebraska’s “swarm” of visiting in-state schools last Friday, the OC is now in Colorado, he tweeted out on Monday.
Checking in on some legends at Legend! #303 pic.twitter.com/qzGFT9qLLW
— Danny Langsdorf (@CoachLangsdorf) April 24, 2017
Legend High is the home of 3-star defensive end and current 2018 commit Tate Wildeman.
This will be a big few weeks for Langsdorf for a few reasons, none more important than Nebraska still really wants a quarterback in the 2018 class. Langsdorf told Land of 10 during spring practice the importance of landing a good QB is an 8 or 9 out of 10
There are two main things catching up with Nebraska. The first is, they’re running out of room.
Nebraska wants around 15 commitments in the class. And with eight verbal commitments, and two alleged silent commitments, the Huskers don’t have many scholarship offers to play with.
The second main issue is quarterbacks are now a hot commodity.
As Kevin Wade, Scout’s National Recruiting Coordinator, pointed out Monday, only three of the top 15 quarterbacks in Scout’s 2018 position rankings aren’t committed at this point.
— Kevin Wade (@KwadeSays) April 24, 2017
Two of those not committed are 4-star prospect Tanner McKee and 4-star prospect Jalen Mayden. But Nebraska really isn’t in a great place with either of those quarterbacks at this point.
The only other 2018 quarterback with a Nebraska offer not yet committed is 3-star prospect Kevin Doyle. But he’s not heard from Nebraska in months, he says.
(Note: Doyle is a Washington, D.C. product and recently spoke to the Washington Post about his recruitment.)
So Nebraska’s next offer at quarterback will be very deliberate, and will likely be a guy who the Huskers believe they really can get. Who that may be is anyone’s guess.
Our best guess, though, continues to be Spencer Petras, who told Land of 10 he expects Nebraska will evaluate him soon. He visited Nebraska in the spring and was recently offered by Louisville. The Greenbrae (Calif.) Marin Catholic junior doesn’t have a star rating on 247sports yet.
Another quarterback worth watching if Nebraska offers is 4-star prospect Tyler Shough. He visited Nebraska during the spring, as well, and is trending upward in the recruiting world. He’s recently been offered by Michigan and Alabama. He’s visited Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina.
Petras is in California right now. Shough is in Arizona. Whether Langsdorf goes to either of those states next will be worth watching.
Offer goes out to sophomore
Nebraska extended its first scholarship offer since the spring game on Monday, and 2019 OLB NaNa Osafo-Mensah is the one who got it.
— ŃåŃå Ôšåfô-Mëńšåh (@NaNaOsafo2) April 24, 2017
Osaf0-Mensah, who attends Fort Worth (Texas) Nolan Catholic High, is rated a 4-star OLB by 247Sports.
He currently holds nine offers, including from Baylor, Colorado, Georgia, Texas A&M, UCLA and Oklahoma. He made an unofficial visit to UCLA on the day of Nebraska’s spring game, a day after visiting USC (which has also offered him). He’s also unofficially visited Baylor and Texas A&M.
4-star OT’s The Opening highlights
We’re written quite a bit about 4-star OT Chris Bleich recently. The Plymouth (Pa.) Wyoming Valley West star de-committed from Penn State after his visit to Nebraska for the spring game.
He then competed in The Opening in D.C. last weekend.
Here are some highlights:
— Final 5 (@Final5Linemen) April 24, 2017