Huskers get ready for big recruiting weekend

Come inside for a full breakdown of Nebraska's official visitors this weekend.

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska Cornhuskers are set to host four official visitors this weekend as National Signing Day gets ever so closer.

Three of visitors are currently committed elsewhere, with the other opening things up recently. But unlike other possible soft verbals that have visited Nebraska before, don't be surprised if there are a couple prospects making the switch. The Big Red Report staff really feels like this could be a good weekend for the Huskers.

Mother Nature appears to be cooperating with Bo Pelini and crew. With three of the visitors from Florida, weather is always a concern. The National Weather Service is reporting today will be 36 degrees, as players arrive in town. On Saturday, temps are supposed to climb to 44 and on Sunday, a very warm 58 degrees. It might be in the staff's best interest to save some outside tours for Sunday before the recruits takeoff.

Desean Blair

WR.) Desean Blair | | 6-4 | 180 | Sandalwood (FL)

A Louisville commitment, Blair decided the departure of head coach Charlie Strong was reason enough to look around. Nebraska immediately entered the picture for the Florida 8-A third-team All-State receiver. In 2013, he has almost 900 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns.

With his size, Blair is an asset around the end zone, with the ability to out jump average corners. But, his high school film shows a receiver capable of so much more than just touches inside the red zone. The Florida product has solid speed, getting past the secondary often on film. He's even used in the flats, meaning his coaching staff trusts him to make a move with the football. His routes are precise and he excels on the 10 to 15 yard out-route. He's also pretty solid breaking tackles when it comes to DBs trying to take him down 1-on-1. When getting into the later parts of his film, you also see a receiver who doesn't mind throwing a block – something emphasized at Nebraska.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones | | 6-0 | 175 | Sandalwood (FL)

A teammate of Blair's, Jones recruitment with Nebraska is in the early stages. The two just made initial contact yesterday when Nebraska assistant coach Rich Fisher visited Blair at his school.

"Coach Fisher was telling me that Coach Bo Pelini really, really likes me and wants to meet me on an official visit," said Jones a Purdue commitment. "I I feel like I fit there at Purdue, but Nebraska offered, Desean is going and Nebraska asked if I wanted to go with him on the visit."

When pushing play on his highlights, Jones does a little of everything. He's got good vision when it comes to punt returns – something he will likely get a chance to do at the next level. He can play a third or fourth receiver in a spread offense. But where Jones excels is cornerback.

He might be 6-foot, but plays bigger on film. He takes very good angles to ball carriers and is not afraid to get inside the box and mix it up. He also does an outstanding job at sticking with the receivers and making plays on the ball.

Mikale Wilbon

Mikale Wilbon | | 6-9 | [PLAYER.Weight:6307349 | De La Salle HS (IL)

Give Nebraska credit, they are pretty good about keeping up with recruiting. When Wilbon decommitted from Vanderbilt due to the departure of James Franklin, the Huskers were immediately there asking if he wanted to check things out.

On film Wilbon shows great quickness and burst. He's not the biggest back in the world, but isn't afraid to run through the tackles – he almost reminds you of a current running back doing big things for Nebraska. Big Red Report's Bryan Munson watches Wilbon play and is reminded of former Husker running back Damon Benning.

Maybe the best characteristic regarding Wilbon when turning on the tape is his ability to overcome initial contact. He's not a bowling ball, but it takes more than an arm tackle to bring him down. It's also been reported that at various camps, he's shown to be solid as a receiver out of the backfield, although his highlights don't include many passes..

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Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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