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On Wednesday, a few Rivals.com recruiting analysts broke down the recruitment of 15 5-star athletes who have not committed yet and predicted where they thought the recruits would end up. They mentioned four of Nebraska’s top targets in the 2017 class.
So, to join in on the fun, here’s what the Rivals.com analysts said, plus some more context.
Foster Sarell is a 5-star offensive tackle from Washington who visited Nebraska on Sept. 3 for the Fresno State game. He’s currently the No. 1 overall recruit in the country.
His visit to Nebraska was his first official visit. Since then, he’s visited Washington and is expected to visit Notre Dame soon.
Adam Gorney, a national recruiting analyst for Rivals, is picking Sarell to go to Stanford.
Here’s his explanation:
“The top-rated offensive tackle could make his decision within the next month or so with Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame as the three frontrunners. He was at Washington’s blowout of Stanford last week, but his mother said in an interview that one game won’t influence his decision. Sarell is still expected to visit Notre Dame in a couple weeks when the Irish host, you got it, Stanford.”
It seems like Sarell wants to stay somewhat close to home in Washington, so I would bet it will come down to Stanford or Washington. Sarell visiting Nebraska was a good get, but it doesn’t seem like the visit did much to deter his interest in the West Coast. Of all the recruits on this list, Sarell seems the least likely to commit to the Huskers.
The No. 1 wide receiver in the 2017 class visited Nebraska on Sept. 3 for the Fresno State game as well.
As Landof10 reported earlier today, Peoples-Jones will visit Ohio State this weekend. He originally planned on visiting Florida, but won’t now because of Hurricane Matthew.
Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt thinks Peoples-Jones will end up at Michigan, Ohio State’s rival.
Here’s his reasoning:
Peoples-Jones took his first official visit to Nebraska on the opening weekend of the college football season. He was accompanied on that official visit by teammate Jaylen Kelly-Powell. Nebraska was a surprise pick for Peoples-Jones’ first official visit because they were not on his initial top 10 he put out as a junior. Official visit No. 2 is scheduled to go to Florida this weekend. The Gators are a childhood favorite, but had been losing momentum in this recruitment recently. He also made an unofficial visit to Michigan in September.
Peoples-Jones has been hard to predict, but it seems like it will end up being between Michigan and Florida for this 5-star from Detroit-native.
It’s been quiet on the Darnay Holmes front for a while now.
The 5-star WR/CB from Calabasas (Calif.) High School unofficially visited Nebraska on Sept. 3. Soon after, his father said he would no longer be taking visits until after his season at Calabasas was over.
Gorney thinks Holmes will end up at UCLA. Here’s why:
Before the five-star makes his commitment, Holmes is planning a full load of official visits. He has already been to Nebraska and Michigan, Ohio State, Miami and many others remain in contention. There is no doubt, too, that UCLA remains a serious contender for Holmes for two reasons: He could stay closer to home and have the potential to be a star in Los Angeles; and Holmes considers UCLA defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin family so that could go a long way in his thinking.
I think Nebraska has a good shot at Holmes. The Calabasas connection with the two other Huskers commitments, 4-star recruit Tristan Gebbia and 4-star recruit Keyshawn Johnson Jr., helps. Plus, he’s visited Nebraska as much as he’s visited UCLA and has a good connection with the Huskers’ coaches.
It wouldn’t shock me if it came down to UCLA and Nebraska.
The 5-star recruit from Los Angeles just got back from a very good Nebraska visit, his second visit in the past two months. That’s incredibly encouraging for the Huskers.
Lewis is the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2017 class. Gorney is saying USC for Lewis.
Lewis had a fantastic visit to Nebraska this past weekend and the Huskers remain a serious contender for the five-star receiver. Two things are most important to Lewis in his recruitment: his relationship with his future position coach and the opportunity to get on the field early. More visits are coming up with Oregon, Oklahoma and Alabama planned. USC and UCLA remain major players along with Arizona and others, too. As the fall goes on, Lewis’ recruitment is getting tougher to read and the five-star could go in a number of directions.
Two things to add:
1. Joseph Lewis has a great relationship with wide receivers coach Keith Williams, it seems. So Nebraska checks that box.
2. Nebraska’s wide receiving corps will be wide open after this year. They’ll lose senior WRs Brandon Reilly, Alonzo Moore and Jordan Westerkamp. Lewis would play immediately and would mix in well with juniors Stanley Morgan Jr. and De’Mornay Pierson-El. He’d likely be ahead of incoming wide receivers Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Jaevon McQuitty. Lewis would fill Moore’s role, and McQuitty would fill Westerkamp’s. It seems like a perfect fit.
For Lewis, it will come down to how close to home he wants to stay. I think it will be between USC and Nebraska for him.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.