LINCOLN, Neb. – After two 11 a.m. contests this season, Nebraska is looking forward to a late start on Saturday night when it comes to recruiting.
“It is big, because you can get guys in,” said Nebraska receivers coach Keith Williams. “There aren’t many schedule conflicts. It’s a big hurdle to jump It’s going to be a great game, great atmosphere, great opponent, a night game. It’s ready made for a big recruiting weekend.”
Big Red Report has confirmed nine official visitors for this weekend (three current commits), with a solid crop of in-state talent making the game as well.
“Obviously it is better and easier if you have a later game,” said Nebraska head coach Mike Riley. “Guys can travel Saturday and still make it to the game. If you have an 11 a.m. kickoff, it might hurt some of the visits we get.”
Big Red Report had previously reported Calabasas high school (Cali.) 2017 prospect Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and 2018 prospect Brian Hightower would be making it to Lincoln. A change in plans will push the visit to likely in three weeks. The two are still very interested at this point and the cancellation was for academic reasons.
Nebraska currently has 15 commits in the 2016 class, with at least one prospect’s future status in possible doubt. On Thursday, Riley was asked how big the class will be come National Signing Day.
“I would say right now for sure 22,” said Riley. “That could change with our current roster. If someone decides to leave for more playing time, you can play around that 22 number. Probably not lower than that.”
COMMITS SUPPORT RILEY:
After an unexpected 3-6 start, some might think it will hurt Nebraska in recruiting. But, most recruits Big Red Report has reached have not been swayed by the slow start – committed or not committed.
Here are a few of the Huskers current commits’ comments on the matter:
DiCaprio Bootle – “Better days are clearly ahead. I stand strong with Coach Riley and staff. They have the tools to get it done. I'm ready to be a part of something great. We'll get rolling and when it does every team in college football better watch out. ?#GBR”
JoJo Domann – “Nebraska could be 8-1 with the close game loses. Everybody needs to keep faith in Riley, the players and the program.”
Derrion Grim – “The 3-6 start doesn't bother me at all. Coach Riley has got the job done in the past and with a couple of strong recruiting classes we are back to the old days, all good things take a little time. ?#GBR”
J.D. Spielman – “It’s part of the process. A lot of the losses can be fixed with minor details. It’s not like we are getting blown out. I still support and have 100 percent trust in Coach Rilye. Coming to a new program is not an easy thing to do, especially when he has to coach a team full of players he did not recruit.”
In addition, Nebraska quarterback commit Patrick O'Brien chimed in on the matter on social media.