With the momentum of five commitments locked down, Nebraska is getting set for one of the top recruiting weekends so far in the Mike Riley era.
Nebraska couldn’t have asked for more on what looks to be a perfect day - sunny skies and 75 degrees in early April.
Taking a look at the projected visitor list for this weekend, it looks to be the best group of talent Nebraska has had in town for the spring game since joining the Big Ten.
The group is highlighted by four-star prospect Tyjon Lindsey, a potential five-star wide receiver from Corona (Cali.) Centennial high school. The junior is only 5-foot-8, but one of the most explosive athletes in the country. Lindsey changed his visit plans to make a trip to Lincoln, after seeing the Huskers momentum in California.
Lindsey is down to a final top 10, which includes Nebraska. He is expected to make a summer decision, but will likely make more visits after his trip to Lincoln.
The UCLA commitment has been flirting with Nebraska and linebacker coach Trent Bray for quite some time.
"I know they have the best fans in all of college football," said Johnson. They've sold out every game in the last 50 years or so and that would be something amazing to play in front of for four years.
“I think I could come in and contribute right away,” said Johnson. “I have a great relationship with Coach Bray (Nebraska linebackers coach). He's a real laid back dude. And he never makes me feel pressured or forced to commit or anything.”
Joining Johnson will be four-star corner Deommodore Lenoir.
"Lenoir is easily among the top corners out West," said Biggins. "He's a strong, physical player and very tough. He plays with an edge to him and is a fierce competitor. He runs well, plays with excellent technique and has a high football IQ. He has long arms and is very good in press coverage. He can run with faster receivers and shows nice burst out of his breaks."
With two more wide receivers spots open in the 2017 class per a Big Red Report source, Nebraska will also host Los Angeles (Cali.) Cathedral wide out Jamire Calvin and Buena Park high school (Cali.) receiver Jeremiah Hawkins.
Calvin is expected to make a decision closer to National Signing Day by most experts, but we have to wonder if the pressure of Nebraska’s wide receiver class possibly filling up convinces him to make an early pledge? Nebraska is considered one of his leaders for his services.
Hawkins relationship with Nebraska started back last summer, when the junior showed up to one of the Huskers’ satellite camps. At the time he only had an offer from Utah, but impressed the coaching staff winning offensive MVP honors, despite being an underclassmen.
Now sporting a solid offer list, Hawkins hasn’t publically declared when he would like to make a decision.
"Coach Williams and I have a very great relationship," said Hawkins. "Every single day no matter what, we talk to each other like we are family. I love everything about him."
Sticking with the wide receive theme, Nebraska will also get an unofficial visit from Murrieta high school (Cali.) wide out Maurice Bell. The junior is considered a top ten receiver out west and will be making his first trip to Lincoln.
After nearly 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, Bell has a decent list of suitors, which also includes Iowa, Washington State and Arizona.
According to multiple reports, Lake Travis high school (Texas) offensive tackle Brenden Jaimes will be in town this weekend.
Jaimes has offers from Nebraska, California, Houston, Illinois, SMU, Texas Tech, and several other programs. He's also camped with Oklahoma and Texas. Considered a prospect with a very high ceiling, Nebraska will likely sell him on their extreme need for offensive tackles.
A week after visiting Texas Tech, Round Rock high school (Tex.) defensive lineman James Lynch will be in town for the Red-White game. It won’t be his first trip to Lincoln, but first as a recruit.
Lynch is the son of former Husker Tim Lynch, who played for one season in Lincoln before getting hurt.
“My dad was born there and my whole family likes Nebraska, so I was born into Nebraska football,” Lynch said. “I’ve been a fan since I was born. The home crowd sell out record is insane and the facilities they have are ridiculous. Nebraska has a ton of tradition in the football program.”
With a middle name of “Husker,” Lynch is a guy who is expected to have Nebraska stand out if offered. The defensive line MVP at the Opening in Dallas in March, Lynch is still looking for his first offer, but could be on the verge of many schools throwing a scholarship nod his way.
Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Catholic high school fullback Ben Miles, the son of LSU head coach Les Miles, plans to be in town for the weekend festivities.
“I don’t know much about them yet, but my dad was a Big Ten guy and I like Nebraska’s offense and tradition,” said Miles in a message to Big Red Report.
Currently the fullback has power five offers from Boston College and LSU.
Madison (Wis.) Memorial high school tight end Jake Ferguson will be in town according to multiple reports. The grandson of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, a former Husker player, is currently committed to the Badgers and is expected to be a hard pull. Ferguson’s brother Joe, also plays for Wisconsin.
Ferguson recorded 64 catches for 991 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
Just a 2018 prospect, Calabasas high school (Cali.) defensive back Bookie Radley-Hiles will see what his teammates are liking about Lincoln on Saturday.
The 5-foot-10 corner is already feeling peer-to-peer recruiting from his teammates. After announcing a new offer this week, Keyshawn Johnson Jr. had this response.
After jumping into his recruitment earlier than most, NE Oklahoma A&M defensive tackle Isaiah Johnson will be in Lincoln this weekend.
Johnson posted 53 tackles, three sacks, five tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and an interception last year.
Johnson will have three seasons to play two starting in the fall of 2016.
We don’t see Nebraska being major players in the junior college market this recruiting class, but the defensive line spot is one place we could see them dipping.
One junior college prospect still looking for a Nebraska offer, but does have other power-five options is Highland Community College prospect Phil Hoskins. The defensive tackle will be in Lincoln this weekend.
"I'm looking forward to getting up there and meeting with the coaches,” said Hoskins.
As a freshman last season, Hoskins posted 25 tackles, four tackles-for-loss and four sacks while playing multiple positions along the defensive line for the Scotties.
The younger brother of 2016 signee Matt Farniok, Nebraska was Will’s first major power-five offer. Since he’s been give a scholarship nod by Iowa.
Will has visited Nebraska multiple times and with a brother set to be on campus, it will be interesting to see how long he takes to make a decision. Older brother Matt went down to the end.
OTHER PROSPECTS EXPECTED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE:
Both Johnson and McQuitty were on campus for last year’s spring game. This will be the first return trip for Allen and Gebbia since committing to the program. It’s always interesting to talk to guys after the visit to see how things were different as a commit compared to a prospect.
After hinting he might be able to make a return trip, five-star prospect Darnay Holmes won’t be visiting Lincoln this weekend. While not a commit, it would have been nice to see the athlete on campus with his high school teammates (Gebbia and Johnson Jr.).
I fully expect to see Gebbia spending a lot of time around Lindsey. The quarterback wouldn’t mind another weapon in his arsenal down the road.