Nebraska is set to kick off the Mike Riley era on Saturday against BYU. It will be the first time the new coaching staff has official visits to a game day environment in their arsenal.
Currently the Huskers are expected to host three official visitors. Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska has failed to land a commitment from any recruit officially visiting during the opening game of the year.
Who will be in town on Nebraska’s Dime:
Simmons pledged to Nebraska in June, after decommitting from childhood favorite Miami earlier in the month. He also had offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Louisville, Wake Forest, NC State and others. Simmons already visited Nebraska during one of the Huskers’ Big Red Weekends. He called it at the time a “10.”
For more on Simmons, listen to Scout.com’s Corey Bender’s, a Florida recruiting analyst, thoughts on Nebraska landing the linebacker.
The highest ranked player coming in to Lincoln this weekend, the Fresno product is currently a soft verbal, but will take all five official visits. It’s never good to be the first visit when a recruit wants to take all five, but Nebraska securing an official from a quality player like Owens is a solid thing.
“He offers a lot of versatility and it won't be surprising if he's moved around from receiver to safety in order to find the best fit for him,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. “The upside with Owens is if it doesn't appear he's making a big enough impact on offense, you have a kid who can easily slide over to safety and be a difference maker on that side of the ball.”
While Owens might be the highest ranked, Anchrum might be the most important. Nebraska has only landed two offensive tackles the last two classes and currently does not have an offensive tackle in the 2016 cycle.
“Anchrum Jr. is looking for the total package in a school,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons. “The education is very important, he wants to be a meteorologist after football comes to end. He has visited all schools on his list at least once already, he likes the coaches and the campuses, so the official visits will play a big role into his decision.”
* Nebraska will likely have a strong group of unofficial local visitors in town. The biggest will be four-star Battle high school (MO) 2017 wide receiver Jaevon McQuitty. The junior already visited Nebraska for the spring game and holds a Nebraska offer.
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