For the second straight Friday night, the Nebraska coaching staff held a camp under the lights, with mostly local area talent in attendance trying to showcase their talent.
The second of the two sessions had roughly 175 kids in attendance, with the talent spread across the 2016, 2017 and the 2018 class.
The only known Nebraska offer in attendance was Ashland-Greenwood high school (NE) 2016 prospect Ben Stille, who worked out as a defensive lineman. While his position still seems to be in flux, Stille proved to be a formidable foe for offensive lineman in 1-on-1s. His speed really caused problems. Stille will attend Big Red Weekend on Saturday and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see the local prep commit shortly after. Schools like Iowa, Iowa State, Wyoming, Ohio and Vanderbilt have also offered the soon to be senior.
Joining Stille on the defensive line as a standout was teammate Brett Kitrell, a 2017 prospect who is 6-foot-3 and roughly 270-pounds.
The soon to be junior looks like a more natural defensive tackle, despite playing some defensive end last season in high school. With one offer already one the table (South Dakota State), expect Kitrell to be one of the top players in the state of Nebraska for 2017 – maybe the top.
In every 1-on-1 we saw him participate in, Kitrell fired off the ball and was in the backfield. Offensive lineman couldn’t keep him in front.
As mentioned on the board, Blue Valley West high school (KS) defensive back Mark Collins Jr. impressed the Nebraska coaching staff so much, he got invited to attend Big Red Weekend on Saturday afternoon.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect has offers from South Dakota State, North Dakota, and Northern Iowa, but is still looking for his first power-five scholarship nod. The way he defended against a solid wide receiver group, don’t be surprised if it might be coming.
For more on Collins, visit the Red Zone where Scout.com’s Derek Young talks about seeing the 2016 prospect last year….CLICK HERE.
The only problem Collins had trouble keeping in front was 2017 Bishop Miege high school (MO) receiver Jafar Armstrong.
Armstrong was profiled on Scout.com recently and is still looking for his first offer. Judging by his camp performance, he’s likely to be a double-digit guy by the time his National Signing Day rolls around.
Armstrong was constantly beating defensive backs deep, rarely electing to run any route that didn’t involve a chance to beat the defense over the top. Every defensive back struggled to stay with him.
After having UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure’s son participate in camp on Tuesday, the Huskers had Bill Moos’ son partake in Friday night’s session. Moos is currently the athletic director for Washington State.
A 2017 prospect, Ben Moos is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end who was a Maxpreps All-American during his freshman season at Pullman high school.
While these type of recruits obviously have parents that can fly them easier to a camp in the middle of the country, it shows how much Mike Riley and crew are really respected in the college football landscape.
As for Moos, he’s a good-looking prospect and a future power-five tight end in my opinion.
* Illinois prep Tyler Witt (6-foot-2, 303-pounds) camped with Nebraska after two unofficial visits with the Huskers this spring. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh likes him inside, but it might be a waiting game for the 2016 prospect, with two guards already committed in the '16 class. Witt is reporting offers now from Air Force, Eastern Michigan, South Dakota State and a handful of Ivy League schools.
* Sidney high school (NE) defensive lineman Jake Heeren, who stood out at Nebraska’s big man camp last Monday, was back for more on Friday night, after punting for the coaching staff during the specialist camp on Friday morning. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder is an interesting prospect. He is a four-sport athlete and really has a motor at the defensive end spot. He’s a lot stronger than you realize when you first look at him. I don’t know what will happen with his recruitment, but he looks like the type of guy you would love to have walk-on. He will also camp at Wyoming. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got an offer out there. He's just one of those guys you want on your team because you get the feeling he will find anyway he can to contribute.
* Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose Ivey’s cousin Jaylen participated in camp on Friday night. At 5-foot-9, 165-pounds, Ivey wil be just going into his sophomore year and was the best 2018 running back in attendance on Friday night.
* Google the name Jahron McPherson and stories regarding his all-state high school basketball career come up, but the 5-foot-11, 179-pound defensive back from Basehor Linnwood high school in Kansas is a pretty good football player as well. Good enough that Nebraska on Scout doesn’t understand why he doesn’t have an offer. McPherson didn’t camp last summer and hasn’t spent much time on his recruitment. He will camp with the Iowa State Cyclones tomorrow. This might be one to watch.
* Big Red Weekend visitors Quayshon Alexander and Jack Stoll both watched the camp session on Friday night, but did not participate. Also in attendance was 2018 Beatrice offeree Cameron Juregens, who also did not workout. Jack Stoll (left), Cameron Jurgens (right)
* Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong’s brother Trai worked out for the second camp this summer. At 5-foot-11, 220-pounds, the soon to be junior is a tight end/H-back at the high school level. He will be someone to keep on the radar this fall.
Big Red Report will have more from the Huskers’ Friday Night Lights camp over the next couple days, including campers reaction and stories on players not mentioned in this initial report.
For questions about a specific prospect in attendance, please visit the Red Zone.