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Second defensive end from Florida commits
Nebraska added its 13th commitment Monday afternoon with 3-star DE Guy Thomas from Miami.
Thomas is a 6-foot-3, 202-pound weak-side defensive lineman. The highly touted recruit had offers on the table from USC, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia and Miami. This summer alone he attended camps at Florida State, Auburn, Georgia and Miami.
Thomas has yet to visit Lincoln, which reflects well on cornerbacks coach Brian Stewart and defensive line coach John Parrella, who recruited the lineman.
Thomas is about to enter his senior year at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, but played his junior year at Columbus High School. I caught up with Columbus head coach Chris Merritt on Tuesday morning before Columbus’ morning practice to talk about Thomas’ commitment:
Landof10: What can Nebraska fans expect out of the gate?
Coach Merritt: Well, he’s a long athlete, you know. Those 6-foot-3, 200-pound pass rushers, they just don’t walk around the street. He is raw, that’s one thing. So he has a lot of upside.
What do you think he his best at?
CM: The pass rush off the edge. He’s someone who is long-bodied and who’s fast and has a great get-off that could cause some trouble in the Big Ten.
What kind of guy was he like in the locker room?
CM: Quiet. He was new to our school, new to our program. We have a pretty proud tradition here, so he was, you know, a little quiet.
Did you talk much together about the recruiting process?
CM: When he was here, that’s when (the recruiting) just kind of blew up. It didn’t phase him, all the college coaches. He played opposite of a kid who went to Michigan, and he learned a lot from. And people coming in looking at Josh Usch ended up liking him, too.
Quick breakdown of the 2017 class
With the signing of Thomas, here’s a crash course on the Husker recruiting class, in case you’ve forgotten.
The Huskers now have 13 recruits from nine different states. Thomas is Nebraska’s fourth commit from Florida and the second defensive end.
Nebraska has snagged commits from 4-star recruits QB Tristan Gebbia, WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr., (both from Calabasas High School), WR Jaevon McQuitty and LB Avery Roberts.
The rest of the nine commits are all 3-star recruits. Of those nine, three are defensive linemen and three are offensive linemen.
Here is the complete list so far.
With the addition of Thomas, here is where Nebraska currently falls in national recruiting polls:
247sports: 33rd overall, four 4-star recruits, nine 3-star recruits.
Scout: 24th overall, five 4-star recruits, six 3-star recruits, two 2-star recruits.
Rivals: 31st overall, five 4-star recruits, seven 3-star recruits, one 2-star recruit
Huskers target WR/CB Darnay Holmes visited both Michigan and Michigan State over the weekend.
Holmes tweeted out a video of him on the field at Spartan Stadium wearing a Michigan State jersey. He also shared a photo of himself and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
Homes recently protected his Twitter account, so you can’t see the photos publicly any more. But you can try by trying to follow him.
Homes is planning on visiting Lincoln on Sept. 17 when Oregon comes to town.
If I was a betting man
It’s probably good thing I’m not because last week I said I had a good feeling about 4-star DE Hunter Echols’ chances at Nebraska.
And then Hunter Echols pulled a quick one on Saturday night, committing to USC just weeks after de-committing from rival UCLA.
Echols told Scout.com he’d be “completely shutting things down” and he’s “100-percent Trojan and won’t be taking any other visits.”
Echols had previously showed interest in Nebraska and put the Huskers in his Top 10 schools in April. I’m not sure where that puts Nebraska in terms of Echols’ teammate, 4-star WR Jamie Calvin, who was rumored to be a package deal with Echols.
Calvin sits at a 75 percent chance of going to Nebraska, according to the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions.
In terms of Nebraska’s biggest targets, there hasn’t been much movement since fall camp started up. A few top targets have said previously they plan on announcing before their senior year, which is right around the corner. A few names who said they’d announce before their season are 4-star WR Tyjon Lindsey, 4-star Devonta Smith and 3-star CB Gentry Bonds.
Chris Heady is a staff writer for Landof10 covering Nebraska sports and recruiting. He takes movie and story suggestions at email@example.com, and on Twitter @heady_chris.