Over the weekend, Nebraska welcomed a handful of California’s top 2017 prospects, including two 5-star wide receivers, as Mike Riley and the Cornhuskers continue their assault on the West Coast. The aggressive approach to recruiting California, dubbed “Calibraska” may be getting closer to even more positive results.
Monday night, two more Golden State stars took to Twitter with their final group of schools and the Huskers.
First, it was Bishop Mora Salesian (Los Angeles) 3-star athlete Nick Pickett, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect who primarily plays wide receiver.
Top 5⏰ pic.twitter.com/Snu46tF18b
— Mr. Untouchable (@npickett1) June 28, 2016
Shortly thereafter, another Los Angeles star, wide receiver Jamire Calvin, followed suit with his top group.
God will lead me from here. Top 8. ?? to be continued.. pic.twitter.com/6NKn35IJhf
— Jamire Calvin (@jcalv6) June 28, 2016
Of the two, it’s the 5-foot-9, 150-pound Calvin that may be the closest to going “Big Red” but there’s still a lot of work to be done, especially after recent offers from Stanford and Notre Dame have made their way in the 3-star prospect’s – the country’s 63rd-ranked wide receiver – direction. He made an April trip to Lincoln and the Cornhuskers sit with 89-percent of the predictions for Calvin on the 247Sports.com crystal ball.
Nebraska currently has 10 commitments in their 2017 class, but the longterm success of this class may live or die on Mike Riley’s success in California. The Cornhuskers have two commitments from California – Calabasas teammates quarterback Tristan Gebbia and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, Jr. – but are heavily involved with a number of the West Coast’s, and the country’s best prospects.
Nebraska is in the top group for 5-star wide receivers Joseph Lewis and Tyjon Lindsey as well as another Calabasas 5-star, cornerback Darnay Holmes. Those three are all ranked among California’s Top 10 prospects for 2017 and the Big Red are right in the thick of it for their commitments. Others, like 4-star Rahyme Johnson, a teammate of Pickett’s at Bishop Mora Salesian, Sacramento 4-star prospects tight end Joshua Falo and 4-star defensive end D.J. Johnson, and Oakland 4-star offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker are also still very high on the Cornhuskers list.
For Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class to get out of the Big Ten’s lower-half – it’s currently ranked eighth – Calibraska will have to evolve from an idea into a movement.