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Importance of Joseph Lewis’ blog
To start, a few things on the Joseph Lewis blog.
Lewis, a 5-star wide receiver from Los Angeles and one of Nebraska’s top targets, wrote the following about Nebraska for USA Today’s high school sports blog.
“The Nebraska visit was great too.
I got there on a Friday and met with the coaches then we got something to eat and hung out with everybody. I’d been there multiple times so I didn’t take the tour. After that we went to the walkthrough practices and then hung out with the players. Saturday was gameday so that was cool! I think all of the festivities around the game would have to be my favorite part of the visit. Their fans are live!
That and hanging out with the players was the best part. I had a great time.
We went to get something to eat with the coaches again and had a good talk with them and that was it.
I had a great time. I would give the visit a 9.5 out of 10.”
It’s interesting that it was a 9.5 out of 10 instead of a 10 out of 10, but what’s more interesting is that this is the second time a visit to Nebraska has been rated extremely high. When 3-star DT Damion Daniels visited Nebraska in September, he rated it a 12 out of 10. So visits, as coach Mike Riley has said time and time again, really do make a difference.
The other thing worth noting in Lewis’ blog is hat he rated his Oregon visit an 8 out of 10. So it’s not crazy to think Nebraska is above Oregon on his list right now, which is obviously huge news for the Huskers.
Recruiting is all about momentum, and Nebraska has been rolling with Lewis lately.
Another USA Today appearance
A Huskers commit was also on the USA Today high school blog on Wednesday.
Tristan Gebbia, a 4-star commit from Calabasas (Calif.) High School, talked a little about his most recent game, which he played in front of his future coach, Nebraska’s Mike Riley.
Gebbia was 22-for-25 for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown.
— Scott (@scootrdud) October 8, 2016
Here’s what Gebbia had to say about that:
“To have my future head coach watch me play was big, obviously, because I wanted to impress him,” he told USA Today. “I just took it play by play and just focused on winning and everything took care of itself.”
Corner to visit against Purdue
A 3-star cornerback from Florida announced on Twitter he’ll be visiting Lincoln on Oct. 21 for the Huskers game against Purdue that weekend.
Quran Hafiz is a 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back and the No. 85 corner in the 2017 class.
— Quran Hafiz ❗❕ (@__Quran4) October 12, 2016
Hafiz has 35 offers, including from Iowa State, Indiana, Oregon State, Minnesota, Duke, Louisville, Penn State and Pittsburgh.
He’s already officially visited Indiana and Fresno State this year. He plans on visiting Iowa State on Oct. 29.