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On Wednesday, we made some educated guesses on what Nebraska’s 2017 class would look like if National Signing Day was this week.
On it, we predicted that a few of Nebraska’s top targets, some of whom are among the top recruits in the country, would pick the Huskers.
Among those were 5-star Joseph Lewis, 4-star Chevin Calloway, 3-star Damion Daniels, 4-star Rahyme Johnson and 4-star Jamire Calvin.
For a second opinion, we called Bryan Munson of Rivals.com to get his thoughts. Here’s what he thought we got right, in order.
Not only is Nebraska still “very much in the picture” for Lewis, the Huskers are probably in the driver’s seat, Munson said.
Lewis is 6-foot-1, 204 pounds and the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2017 class. The Los Angeles native has 33 offers plus visits set up for Alabama and Oklahoma. He’s already visited Oregon and Nebraska.
Lewis rated his visit at Nebraska a 9.5 out of 10 in a USA Today blog, and things seem to be looking better and better. The most recent good news: Lewis doesn’t have an official visit set up for USC, which is the current pick from 247sports for where Lewis will land.
“I think it’s interesting that there hasn’t been an official to USC, given the proximity,” Munson said.
That’s good news for Nebraska, Munson said.
“Things are positive there,” he said.
If Lewis does sign with Nebraska, Munson said it would be major.
“He will probably go down in recent history of modern recruiting being most important or highly coveted recruit for Nebraska to land,” Munson said.
Munson said Calvin has been Nebraska’s recruit to lose all along.
“I really feel like this has been Nebraska’s guy the entire time,” Munson said. “I think Nebraska has three spots left at wide receiver and I think they’ve owned the space around Lewis and Calvin.”
Calvin is a 4-star wide receiver from Los Angeles. He’s the No. 44 receiver in the class and has taken official visits to Nebraska and Oregon State.
“I kind of get a feeling … he might be waiting on a UCLA offer,” Munson said.
But even if UCLA does offer, Munson said he thinks Nebraska has a great chance of signing Calvin.
“They want to get a guy like Calvin in the class, a guy more closely related to (Nebraska wide receiver) De’Mornay Pierson-El,” Munson said.
Daniels rated his visit to Nebraska in September a 12 out of 10, and Munson said he thinks Daniels is still really high on Nebraska.
Daniels is a 3-star defensive tackle and checks in at 6-foot-1, 315 pounds. Munson said Nebraska defensive line coach John Parrella has done a good job forming a connection to Daniels and his high school, Bishop Dunne, in Dallas.
“I think people (around him) would like for him to head to Nebraska,” Munson said.
But, there are two issues with Daniels.
The first is Colorado. The Buffs have eight commits from Dallas alone, and nine from the state. Daniels has a visit set up to Colorado for Nov. 15.
“When you’re still being active in Dallas, that’s going to be noticed by everyone down here,” said Munson, who is based out of Dallas. “They all speak to each other and know each other through camps. They all know each other. Colorado is the probably biggest player here.”
The other issue for Nebraska is Oklahoma State, where Daniels has also been looking to visit, Munson said.
Before Johnson received an offer from Oregon, he looked like a shoo-in for the Huskers.
Everything looked like it was going Nebraska’s way after the 4-star linebacker visited Nebraska, Munson said. Then, last week, Oregon extended an offer to Johnson.
Now Johnson and his teammates at Salesian High School in Los Angeles look like they’re all headed to Oregon. Johnson visited Oregon last weekend, and the Ducks seem to be the leader in the clubhouse.
“I think there’s no doubt that you’ll see Johnson commit to Oregon,” Munson said.
Johnson also has a visit set up at Texas A&M on Nov. 11.
Calloway, a 4-star cornerback from the same high school as Daniels, is technically committed to Iowa. But Munson said he doesn’t really see that as true anymore.
“I’m not even sure he’s an Iowa commitment anymore,” Munson said. “I think that he’s been told ‘unless you’re a ready to file a commit, you’re not really committed.’ ”
Calloway and Iowa’s relationship is not great, as Calloway has pointed out on his Twitter account many times. So is the window open for Nebraska? Sort of. It is open, but Munson said Calloway has strong ties to Arkansas that will be hard to break, and Baylor is also a school that’s come on strong for Calloway.
Munson also said it depends on what his teammate, Daniels, does.
“It wouldn’t be the determining factor, but it helps,” Munson said.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted