The Nebraska coaching staff is celebrating a good portion of the holiday season in San Francisco this year, but that doesn’t mean Santa can’t find them.
So let’s just pretend all the coaches have been “nice” this year and deserve a present. What might Santa bring them?
Mike Cavanaugh – After the last few recruiting cycles the interior offensive line has been taken care of, but what about the offensive tackle spot? That is why Santa needs to bring Cavanaugh Nashville Community high school (Ill.) offensive tackle Royce Newman. A soft verbal to Missouri at the moment, Newman will revisit Columbia before making a final decision down the road. Most would figure South Dakota prep Matt Farniok is the better option here. It’s true the Huskers might have a better shot landing the Army All-American, but Newman might have the more upside. He’s also ranked higher.
Keith Williams – The need for a taller wide receiver still exists and Waterford Mott high school (Mich.) wide out Desmond Fitzpatrick seems like he would be a great present under the team. The 6-foot-2 prospect is currently the Scout.com No. 192 overall player and has already visited Nebraska. He’s likely to take more visits in January, but could be coming back on his own dime to Lincoln.
Bruce Read – What else does the special coach need? Heading into 2016 he will have four special teams players on scholarship and a group of young linebackers who should be able to help on coverage teams. But the rich get presents from Santa as well. So instead of a certain recruit, why not an extra 4.0 yards per punt for Sam Foltz next year? It would have made him top in the nation this season. Read’s resume would get a little better with a Ray Guy award winner.
Hank Hughes – Even Santa has a hard time finding defensive lineman, so why not give Coach Hughes defensive end Amir Watts, from Phillips high school academy (Ill.). Watts is visiting the last week of January, which means it already looks great for Watts. Sometimes all of Santa’s presents aren’t surprises.
Danny Langsdorf – The offensive coordinator seems to have found his quarterback in the class. His offensive line coach got a pretty big offensive tackle from Santa. His wide receiver coach got a taller wide receiver from Santa. So how about another outside blocker for Langsdorf to protect his QBs. Santa give this guy Matt Farniok, from Washington high school in South Dakota. The three-star prospect has visited Nebraska 5+ times and had a solid official in December.
Mark Banker – The defensive coordinator could use some help up front, but Santa giving him Franklin high school (Cali.) four-star prospect Lamar Jackson would be nearly as nice. Jackson is currently rated the No. 136 overall player in the country and appears to have the Huskers and USC out front. The nice thing about the high school All-American is he has the ability to play both corner or safety. It would also give Nebraska quite a bit of promotion out west.
Reggie Davis – Similar to Bruce Read, the stable is going to be full for the running back coach in 2016. But does he have the guy that can carry the load? How about Santa giving Devine Ozigbo another 10 pounds of muscle and a tenth on his forty. The true freshman running back showed flashes this season and could be the guy for three years.
Brian Stewart – St. Edwards high school (Ohio) cornerback Tony Butler seems like a player Santa would have given the previous staff, but sometimes the guy down the street gets the same present. Butler is another prospect who could play both safety or corner and has a visit to Arizona State scheduled.
Trent Bray – If Santa wanted to really make someone happy, he could always give linebacker coach Trent Bray Wakinsville high school (GA) linebacker Jaleel Laguins. With a coaching change at Georgia, Laguins appears to be looking around. He’s already visited Nebraska and there isn’t a ton of buzz about the Huskers at the moment, but it is Santa. He can do anything.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST….
Mike Riley – The head coach needs the attention off a 5-7 season elsewhere. One way this can happen is in recruiting. But it’s not just the 2016 class. Fans need hope. It’s time for Santa to be really nice. It’s time for Santa to give Riley Calabasas high school wide receiver (Cali.) Keyshawn Johnson Jr. A 2017 four-star prospect, Johnson is the type of player that could be a huge domino for the Huskers. Landing Johnson could lead to players like 5-star athlete Darnay Holmes and 4-star quarterback Tristan Gebbia.