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Here’s a grain of salt for you. Take it after you’re done reading this.
When covering the decisions of 17- and 18-year-old athletes, you need to take everything pretty lightly, but especially after visits.
Of course, everyone will say they had a great visit. Of course, they’ll say they loved the atmosphere.
With that said, here are the prospects I think Nebraska made the most headway with last weekend.
4-star CB Chevin Calloway
It was a very big deal to bring Calloway to Lincoln. The Iowa commit has not visited any school since he committed to the Hawkeyes this past summer, so stealing him away for a weekend, the same weekend Iowa lost to Northwestern, was huge.
Here’s what Calloway had to say about his visit:
“I had already thought about Nebraska because coach (Brian) Stewart had been hitting me up and I was thinking, ‘Man, Nebraska sounds cool,’” Calloway told Rivals.com. “Then when Damion (Daniels) came back he seemed really interested and he told me a lot about them. So I decided that I wanted to check them out and see what they were all about.”
It also helps that it doesn’t seem like Calloway likes how things are going with Iowa since he committed.
“I felt like it was a little sign from Iowa when I was unable to communicate with them,” Calloway said. “Communication is a big thing, especially when it’s with a player that’s already committed. You don’t just stop talking to somebody and that’s kind of what has happened.”
Nebraska has been looking hard for a good cornerback in this class, which they don’t have yet. Calloway would be a tremendous steal. He’s the No. 11 corner in the 2017 class and No. 106 recruit in the country.
It’s extremely difficult to flip commits, but it seems Nebraska pitched a perfect game to Calloway on Saturday.
5-star WR Joseph Lewis
Getting Joseph Lewis, the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2017 class, to come back to Lincoln after his last visit was huge.
Lewis was in Lincoln during fall camp, which was the same weekend wide receivers coach Keith Williams was arrested on suspicion of his third DUI.
The fact Lewis came back says a lot. Here’s what he had to say about this visit:
“I would say it was a better experience as far as hanging out with the players, the coaches and things like that. I would say that the highlight of the weekend for me was just being with the players and getting to know them better,” Lewis told Rivals.com
Sounds like Lewis and coach Williams caught up as well.
“Coach Dub and I talked about everything as far as recruiting, and as far as family and school,” Lewis stated. “It was very similar with coach Riley.
“We have a real good relationship. They said that they’re going to change their offense around and run it like they did at Oregon State when they have a different quarterback next season.”
Selling Lewis on next year’s offense and on the potential of him playing immediately seem to be key things for him. Nebraska already plans to have 4-star WR Jaevon McQuitty come to Lincoln in January as an early enrollee and Nebraska apparently told McQuitty he would get playing time almost immediately. That has to be a selling point for Lewis as well.
Regardless, it seems like the second visit went far better than Lewis’ first.
4-star athlete Rahyme Johnson
It seems like it’s only a matter of time before Johnson commits to Nebraska.
The 4-star athlete (he mostly plays linebacker) was in Lincoln for the second time since the spring game. An actual game blew the spring game out of the water, Johnson said.
“It made the spring game look like nothing special,” Johnson told Rivals.com. “It was definitely way different being at the spring game and then seeing an actual game. The fans came alive a lot more and there was way more people, too. I had a great time with all of the recruits and just spending time with everybody. It was real fun.”
Currently, 247sports has six predictions for where Johnson will end up. All of them say Nebraska.
Johnson has an official visit at Texas A&M in November. It seems like it will be really tough for the Aggies to swing Johnson.
Now take that grain of salt for me, would you?