LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska's second Big Red Weekend at one point appeared to be the bigger of the two, now it's a toss up.
The Huskers will host eight confirmed visitors by Big Red Report and a few more have been rumored.
It starts with three commitments in the 2015 class: OT.) Christian Gaylord, RB.) Kendall Bussey, and CB.) Eric Lee. The group will not only get a chance to get to know each other better, but will work on other uncommitted prospects to pick Nebraska.
No prospect will be bigger than Iowa prep John Raridon. The 2016 prospect was recently ranked No. 17 overall in the Scout Top 300 for his class. Raridon has visited Nebraska multiple times over the last year - the last coming during one of the Huskers' spring practices.
"I really don't think that it can get much better than at Nebraska," Rairdon said during the spring.
Raridon's father, Scott, played at Nebraska in the 80s. His brother, Sam, camped at Nebraska two years ago, but did not earn a scholarship. After signing with Wisconsin, Sam decided to pursue his academic career and hung up the cleats back in January. Raridon's other brother, Scott Jr., played at Notre Dame from 2002-05.
The Huskers biggest competition for Raridon will likely be in-state Iowa and Notre Dame. After playing for the Huskers, Scott Sr. went on to coach at Notre Dame for three seasons in the strength and conditioning portion of the program.
"I would definitely be nice to have those types of facilities available as a player. I really like the weight room and the locker room the most," said Raridon regarding Nebraska.
If the Huskers were able to land the Iowa high school star, it would be a nice recruiting tool for four-star quarterback Tristen Wallace, also a member of the 2016 class. The DeSoto high school (TX) dual-threat will likely be one of the most sought after quarterback recruits in the nation over the next two years. Wallace will hit Lincoln on Saturday, after spending time at Oklahoma State on Wednesday. The soon to be junior was recently ranked No. 85 overall in the 2016 by Scout.com.
"Coach Tim Beck is a great guy. He made such a strong first impression with me," Wallace recently told Big Red Report. "Nebraska is a great team. I grew up watching Taylor Martinez play quarterback at Nebraska and my dad grew up watching Tommie Frazier play at Nebraska."
South Dakota offensive tackle Matt Farniok will be making his way to Lincoln on Saturday. It's believed to be the third trip to Nebraska for the 2016 prospect. A member of the Scout Top 300 for the 2016 class, Farniok already has five offers. His brothers are also D-1 players: Tom – Iowa State center and Derek – Oklahoma offensive tackle.
Not a member of the initial Scout Top 300 for the 2016, but still very talented is Mississippi prep Eli Johnson, an Ole Miss verbal. The soon to be junior told Big Red Report he would be hitting Lincoln on Saturday morning and be leaving Sunday.
"I know a little bit about them, but just stuff most average fans would know," said Johnson. "I know they have a great tradition and all about Suh."
Local 2016 prospect, Jared Bubak, of Lincoln Christian high school will also be on campus Saturday. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect doesn't have an offer from Nebraska, but could be the number one rated recruit in next year's state rankings. He camped at Nebraska this week. He already holds an offer from South Dakota State.
While the list is mostly 2016 heavy, getting an early start on this many highly rated 2016 prospects is a good thing. If the Huskers were able to land both Raridon and Farniok down the road, it would be the OG-OT combination fans could see starting together for three years.
As always, Big Red Report will start reaching out to these guys on Saturday night once they are done on campus. It will be a late night for fans, but hopefully one with some good news.