LINCOLN, Neb. – With at least five spots left in the 2016 class to get to 85 total scholarships, Nebraska is set to host a big recruiting weekend, with five official visitors currently uncommitted and two current Nebraska verbals.
Collin Miller – The three-star defensive end didn’t hide the fact he wanted a Nebraska offer. Now the Huskers will see if they can lock him up, after pushing up his official visit this weekend. Schools like Syracuse and Indiana are also chasing the Indiana prep, but we expect him to be a Husker by early next week. Miller resides from the same school as former Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory. Miller recorded 110 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 11 sacks his senior year.
Pernell Jefferson – A defensive end/linebacker, Jefferson seems to be looking for a new destination despite being a soft verbal to Oklahoma. According to SoonersIllustrated.com publisher Bob Przybylo, it’s felt like a countdown regarding Jefferson’s eventual decommitment from Oklahoma. Jefferson had a decent offer list when he committed to Oklahoma.
Chase Allen – Another tight end is wanted in the 2016 class and Allen would be the highest ranked tight end to sign with the Huskers since 2010 if they landed him. On Thursday, head coach Mike Riley visited the senior and hopes to beat out Jim Harbaugh and Michigan for the second straight year at the position (Matt Snyder – 2015). Allen has already visited Nebraska once.
Isaiah Simmons - A projected safety on Scout.com, the Nebraska coaching staff is giving him the option to play wide receiver, something that is very interesting to Simmons. A new offer from Michigan and Clemson has likely sparked his interest, but the Nebraska coaching staff hopes their longtime interest will win out.
Marquel Dismuke – After visiting Nebraska nearly a year ago, the California prospect is making his way back to Lincoln. Dismuke is arguably the top defensive player in the Huskers class and thought to be a guy who can contribute as early as this fall. He’s a solid tackler and isn’t afraid to come down hill and lay the wood on a receiver coming over the middle or a running back.
Bryan Brokop - The Illinois product is a man among boys at the moment and has all the tools to develop into a solid starting offensive lineman in the Big Ten. He also has the mindset of the tough Nebraska lineman of old. Last season, Brokop broke his hand and thumb, but didn’t miss even a rep in practice. His flexibility needs work, but he’s strong and violent – something Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh looks for in his position guys. He committed to the previous staff, but stuck with the Huskers.
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The Huskers will also a pair of talented 2017 players who are both teammates of commit visitor Marquel Dismuke.
Keyshawn Johnson Jr. – The son of former NFL Pro Bowler Keyshawn Johnson, the junior has visited Nebraska already four times and is likely making the decision in the very near future. With offers from schools such as USC, Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson, Johnson would be a huge haul for the Huskers. Dad played for Mike Riley at USC when the Nebraska head coach was the Trojans’ offensive coordinator. The Nebraska coaching staff visited Calabsas this week.
Darnay Holmes – The highest ranked player visiting Nebraska this weekend, Holmes has visited Lincoln four times as well and has his choice of any school across the country. While most project Holmes to Stanford, Big Red Report feels Nebraska has a great shot at landing the five-star prospect. His commitment would send shock waves throughout the recruiting world and out west.
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Former Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee is also going to be in Lincoln over the weekend. A 19-game starter in two seasons with the Green Wave, Lee visited LSU last weekend. The redshirt junior threw 23 touchdowns 21 interceptions in 2014 and 2015, throwing for 3,601 career passing yards. Tulane went 3-9 in 2015. Lee would likely have to sit out the 2016 season and would be eligible to play for his next school in 2017 – unless he was to transfer down a level. At this point Lee doesn’t have an offer, but Nebraska might be looking to add to the position room.