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Very quietly, Nebraska is gaining momentum on the recruiting trail.
The No. 1 recruit in the country, offensive tackle Foster Sarell, announced this week that he will be coming to Lincoln for the Huskers’ first game against Fresno State on Sept. 3.
Sarell garnered some serious national attention this summer after his showing at The Opening, Nike’s showcase camp in Eugene, Ore. In the most recent national rankings, Sarell topped the 247sports rankings as the nation’s top recruit, and jumped to No. 3 on Rivals rankings.
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) August 23, 2016
Here’s what Scout’s director of recruiting Brandon Huffman had to say about Sarell after The Opening in July:
Sarell is a natural tackle with great feet and athleticism with technique and strength to go along with it.
His footwork is what you see in next level lineman, a tribute to his basketball background.
Sarell plays with natural knee bend and shows great flexibility and agility.
He made a case to be the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 class and is currently ranked No. 2 nationally.
Rivals bumped Sarell up to a 5-star. Here’s why:
Sarell announced he also has another visit set to Notre Dame in October. His mother told 247sports he could take as many as five official visits before deciding, including visits to Alabama, UCLA and possibly Michigan.
The 6-foot-5, 311-pound offensive tackle could have come in handy this season for the Huskers, who are desperately trying to piece together an offensive line. The addition of Sarell would not only fill a vital position for Nebraska, but turn some heads on the recruiting trail as well. Landing the No. 1 recruit in the country would certainly shoot Nebraska up in the rankings and give coach Mike Riley a much-needed boost.
Damon Daniels sets a date
Dallas-native Damion Daniels will head to Lincoln on Sept. 3, his coach confirmed to Rivals on Monday.
“He’s excited about taking that official visit,” Bishop Dunne coach Michael Johnson told Rivals. “He’s going to visit Nebraska with his mom and his dad. Nebraska is doing a terrific job of recruiting him,”
Johnson also said Daniels is getting close to releasing his top five soon.
“Obviously, since he’s visiting Nebraska, it’s clear that they are part of that group. After that I really don’t know.”
Johnson added Daniels is high on Texas, Iowa, USC, Florida and Mississippi State.
Daniels, Sarell and 5-star cornerback/wide receiver Darnay Holmes also will be visiting that weekend.
In other visit news, 4-star safety RJ Potts is getting closer and closer to hammering down a visit date. Potts told Rivals.com he and Nebraska coach Brian Stewart have been in talks.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound safety doesn’t currently have any official visits set yet, but he did say he wants to come to Lincoln for sure.
“I just don’t know when or what type it would be,” Potts said. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about Nebraska and I know they are good on tradition and winning.”
Potts is the No. 3 prospect out of Indiana for the class of 2017 and has offers from Indiana, Missouri, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU and Notre Dame.
Will Lewis be next?
With the news of 5-star Tyjon Lindsey’s announcement to Ohio State spreading around social media, 5-star WR Joseph Lewis hinted he might want to join the commitment party soon.
Everybody committing who's next ? ? Maybe me you never know congrats to everybody who committed today ???
— Joseph Lewis (@NoFootball4Me) August 23, 2016
Nebraska commit QB Tristan Gebbia tried to nudge Lewis to the Huskers.
— Tristan Gebbia (@tgeb13) August 23, 2016
Chris Heady is a staff writer for Landof10 and covers Nebraska football and recruiting. He is on Twitter @heady_chris.