This is the time of year that Nebraska fans typically are glued to their computers or mobile devices to see who is visiting Lincoln when or how the official visit weekends have gone. Things are incredibly fluid right now with new offers going out each day. But this is how BigRedReport.com sees the last couple of weekends playing out leading up to signing day.
Weekend of January 23rd:
Tyrin Ferguson, OLB, 6-foot-3, 203-pounds, New Orleans (La. Karr HS
Ferguson was an Oregon State commit and received a Nebraska offer after Mike Riley took the head coaching position in Lincoln. Ferguson committed to the new staff at Nebraska sight unseen. Ferguson appreciated the belief that the former Oregon State staff had in him and he knows some guys at Nebraska already. Ferguson is a player that could see the field early because of his atleticism.
Mohamed Barry, OLB, 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, Loganville (Ga.)
Barry knows of A.J. Bush and is friends with Cameron Stewart, who officially visited Nebraska when Bo Pelini was the head coach. Barry has that athleticism Nebraska is definitely looking for at the second level. The senior has sub-4.5/40 speed, but more than that he has some natural linebacker instincts which really makes that speed pop.
Devine Ozigbo, RB, 5-foot-11, 230-pounds, Sachse (Texas)
People see the size, see the build, and can’t believe that a player like Ozigbo has the ability to run away from defenders - he does Ozigbo has incredible feet, as well as power and speed which really seems to be the type of running back that will work in Lincoln under Riley and the new offensive coordinator Dan Langsford. Ozigbo flipped form Iowa State to Nebraska without even seeing Lincoln. His quotes about the reason to choose Nebraska has made him a fan favorite in the class. “They just fired their head coach that consistently won nine games. They want to be great. I want to help them go from good to great!”
DaiShon Neal, DE, 6-foot-8, 240-pounds, Omaha (Neb.) Central HS
This will be a huge weekend for Nebraska to get a chance to host “commit” Neal. Neal is planning a trip to Oregon and could also visit Oklahoma. The Nebraska commit has been looking around since Bo Pelini was fired from Nebraska. An article in the Oregonian claims that Neal might be down to Oregon and one other team. They quoted Neal saying that the other team might be Oklahoma depending on how well his visit goes to Norman. We think he sticks with the Huskers.
Willie Sykes, S, 6-foot-0, 180-pounds, Spring (Texas)
Sykes is another player that Nebraska got in and offered recently. The talented, long DB fits what Nebraska is looking for to go with the class. There is a need for another defensive back in this class to go along with the three that are enrolling at semester. Sykes is a player that Scout.com recruiting analyst Ahmard Vital really likes. Sykes ran a 4.46/40 at the NFTC camp in Houston and came in at a legit 6-foot-0. Sykes is rated as a CB, but is clearly being looked at to play safety in Lincoln.
Weekend of January 30th:
Terez Hall, OLB, 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, Lithonia (Ga.)
Hall had an offer from Cincinnati, which is where new Nebraska defensive line coach Hank Hughes came from. Hall has good length and has a personal best 40 time of 4.5-seconds. He also tests out with a 36-inch vertical jump, benches 305-pounds and squats 500-pounds. Hall will visit Missouri the weekend before the visit to Nebraska and is likely the biggest competition for the Huskers.
Angelo Garbutt, OLB, 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, Lewisville (Texas) Hebron
Garbutt is another former Oregon State commit who will visit Lincoln. Garbutt has good size/athleticism and is a two-way standout for a high school team that is known to put out good talent every year. Garbutt will visit Iowa that weekend before he checks out Lincoln, which is a good sign for the Huskers. Nebraska need athleticism at the second level and this new staff is bringing in an abundance of athletes that play the outside linebacker spot the last two weeks of the recruiting year.
Lavan Alston, WR, 6-foot-0, 175-pounds, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Alston was supposedly a “silent verbal” to Oregon State when Mike Riley was their head coach. Fast forward to the here and now and Alston is now set to come and see if he can live with Riley in Lincoln. Alston has the speed that the Huskers are looking for at the wide receiver position that could really help with the vertical game. Alston is off to see Washington State this coming weekend, but the Huskers will get the last visit which should give them an advantage with the All-American.
When you look at the last two weekends you can definitely see the finish line for the Huskers, but you have to also include some other names like four-star offensive lineman Jalin Barnett. Guys like Cameron Stewart or Adrienne Talan, who have also visited, are also out there. I will include that BRR does not believe that NeKyle Lundie will be part of the class come National Signing Day