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Bye weeks are essential for recruiting, and it sounds like coach Mike Riley and his staff will divide and conquer this weekend.
Nebraska is in the running for a few of the country’s top recruits, and a home visit might go a long way.
Here’s who the coaches will most likely visit this weekend.
Riley and wide receivers coach Keith Williams will likely fly to California this week to try and strengthen that “Calibraska” pipeline.
There are three major receivers on the top of Nebraska’s list that Riley and Williams might see since they’re relatively close to each other.
The first is 5-star WR Joseph Lewis, who visited Nebraska last weekend. There’s no such thing as too much face time, and a visit would show just how much the Huskers are making him a priority.
Lewis, who lives in Los Angeles, is the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2017 class, and the No. 4 recruit from California.
Another recruit worth visiting, just down the road from Lewis, is 5-star WR/CB Darnay Holmes. As we said Thursday in The Harvest, things have been quiet on the Holmes front lately. His father said in September that his son wouldn’t take any more visits until after the season. A home visit from Riley and Williams could re-establish a connection since Holmes has seemed to be leaning toward Michigan and UCLA recently.
Holmes is the No. 2 corner in the 2017 class but has also played receiver for Calabasas. He’s the No. 11 recruit in the 2017 class and the No. 3 prospect from California.
Finally, Riley and Williams could return to LA and visit 3-star WR Jamire Calvin. Calvin, the No. 64 wide receiver in the class, is very interested in the Huskers. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball prediction gives him a 75 percent chance of committing to Nebraska. A home visit might push that to 100.
Calvin has 25 offers, including from Notre Dame, California, Stanford, Michigan State, Tennessee and USC.
Before Mark Banker goes to the Keith Urban concert on Saturday night, he’ll take off to visit some recruits somewhere.
I’d put money on Banker and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart flying to Dallas to try and sway two Bishop Dunne High School recruits.
The first would be Damion Daniels, a 3-star defensive tackle. Daniels is 6 feet 1, 315 pounds and the No. 42 defensive tackle in the 2017 class. Daniels rated his September visit to Nebraska a 12 out of 10, so he really likes the Huskers. A visit might swing him all the way, especially if Banker brings defensive line coach John Parrella.
They could also visit Daniels’ teammate, Chevin Calloway. Calloway, a 4-star corner and Iowa commit, visited Nebraska last weekend. He’s 5 feet 10, 180 pounds and runs a 4.4-second 40. He’s the No. 11 corner in the 2017 class and No. 14 recruit from Texas.
Calloway gave a hard commit to Iowa in July but said last week that the communication between him and Iowa has since been touch-and-go.
The corner seems open to other schools, so a visit from Nebraska coaches could show him how serious the Huskers are about landing him.
- Nebraska is not rejoining the Big 12, part 1, part 2, part 3. If anyone tells you that Nebraska is thinking about joining the Big 12, or thinking about leaving the Big Ten at all, smack them on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper and yell “shame” over and over like the lady in Game of Thrones. If they insist you’re wrong, disown them and delete their numbers from your phone. It’s not happening. This talk needs to end.
- Larry the Cable Guy literally broke someone’s arm at the Nebraska game last weekend.
- Watch this Tommy Armstrong injury. It could end up worse than it seems.
- Happy bye week.
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