The recruiting machine churns all week. Join us on Tuesday and Friday nights when we recap Nebraska recruiting news, offering analysis and context.
In a week packed with Husker recruiting news, we’ll start with a slew of recruits planning on visiting Lincoln soon.
Joseph Lewis, a 5-star wide receiver out of Los Angeles, will be in Lincoln this weekend on an unofficial visit. Lewis participated in Nebraska’s Friday Night Lights camp in June and was originally set to visit again last month, but canceled after Nebraska punter Sam Foltz died in a car accident.
Lewis is the No. 2 wide receiver in the class of 2017 and, if he signed, would join 4-star WR commits Keyshawn Johnson and Jaevon McQuitty.
This summer Lewis visited Arizona, Alabama and Oklahoma.
Nebraska is, understandably, pretty jazzed about the visit.
— Todd McShane (@TheToddMcShane) August 12, 2016
Damion Daniels, a 3-star defensive tackle out of Dallas, will visit Nebraska at the season opener against Fresno State on Sept. 3.
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) August 11, 2016
Daniels, a 6-foot-1, 315-pound lineman, has offers from LSU, Baylor, Oklahoma State and Michigan.
This will be Daniels’ first official visit to any school. He has taken unofficial visits to Baylor and Texas A&M.
Daniels would be the second defensive tackle of the 2017 class, joining 3-star Deontre Thomas from Mustang, Okla.
And finally, as Landof10’s Jeremy Birmingham reported earlier this week, the No. 22 prospect of the 2018 class, Trevor Trout, plans to visit Nebraska.
Trout is a defensive lineman from St. Louis who visited Ohio State twice this summer. He also visited Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State.
“I’m going to visit Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri,” he told Landof10. “Hopefully UCLA, also.”
Trout currently checks out at 6 feet 4, 295 pounds
The Huskers are getting closer to snatching two highly touted tight ends.
4-star TE Josh Falo announced on Twitter that Nebraska is among his final 10 schools. The list also includes Michigan, Alabama, Auburn, Oregon, Miami, USC, UCLA and Texas A&M.
— Josh K. Falo ® (@Josh_falo) August 11, 2016
Falo is listed at 6 feet 5, 227 pounds. He visited Michigan on Aug. 5 and is the No. 4 rated tight end out of California.
In addition to Falo, 3-star Reese Leitao out of Jenks, Okla., announced his top four schools on Twitter, and Nebraska made the cut.
Leitao has whittled his recruitment to Nebraska, Maryland, Penn State and Oklahoma State.
Top 4?? pic.twitter.com/q6j5SmMDVt
— Reese Leitao (@leitao_reese) August 9, 2016
Nebraska offered Leitao back in April and he has yet to set a date to visit, but that will probably change.
And lastly 2018 prospect Jeremy Ruckert named his final 10 schools on Twitter. Nebraska made the cut along with Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin.
Ruckert is a 4-star tight end out of Lindenhurst, N.Y. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior the No. 6 tight end in his class.
— Ruck (@Jeremy_Ruckert1) August 11, 2016
Where Nebraska stands
Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney wrote a piece on Thursday projecting where top recruits on the West Coast will likely end up. Since coach Mike Riley is determined to own that coast, Nebraska was peppered all over the piece.
A few notable mentions:
- Gorney said USC is the frontrunner for Joseph Lewis, who visits Nebraska this weekend. Nebraska was labeled as “The Other Option.”
- Nebraska made the “Don’t Count Them Out” list for 5-star CB/WR Darnay Holmes. Holmes will visit Lincoln on Sept. 17 for the Oregon game.
- Ohio State is the frontrunner for 4-star WR Tyjon Lindsey. Nebraska, again, made “The Other Option.” Lindsey is announcing his commitment on August 22.
- A SportsCenter anchor and Iowa-native took on Husker Nation this week. Chris Hassel questioned whether Nebraska’s sellout streak of 347 straight games was valid since single-game and student tickets are still available to purchase. Here is Hassel’s take on the streak:
- Preseason college volleyball rankings were released this week. Nebraska, the NCAA defending champs, were the overwhelming No. 1, scoring 60 of the 64 first-place votes.
- The ESPN Football Power Index updated this week, adding percent chances for wins for each team in each game. The Power Index gives Nebraska more than a 50 percent chance to win nine of their 12 regular season games. The toughest game, according to the index, will be at Ohio State on Nov. 5, when the Huskers are given just a 28 percent chance to win. The two other games Nebraska is not favored to win are at Wisconsin and at Iowa, where the percent chances to win are 45 percent and 47 percent, respectively.
- Probably the most optimistic projection of the 2016 season for Nebraska comes from Powerindex.com. The website gives Nebraska a 34.2 percent chance of winning the Big Ten West. The website also gives the Huskers a 14.9 percent chance to win the Big Ten.