During the summer months Nebraska’s matchup with Oregon looked like it had the potential to be the best recruiting weekend in program history.
Then a 2:30 start was announced and recruits quickly realized there can be challenges to getting into town – especially from the West Coast.
Nebraska’s matchup with the Ducks on Saturday will feature eight official visitors – four of them being uncommitted prospects. While the week won’t likely rival Fresno State when it comes to talent in town, it still will go down as one of the busier official visit weeks in the 2017 class.
An Auburn commitment, Williams has pegged Nebraska as a school he’s wanted to see for quite some time. The Huskers have a steep road to convince him to flip, but getting a recruit to town is half the battle. The four-star product has been solid so far in 2016, according to a little research done by Nebraska on Scout’s Ashley Guinan.
Guinan: “In the first game this season, he had 17 carries for 188 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also added 50 yards receiving and 1 touchdown on 3 total catches.
“In the second game this season, he injured his knee early, but finished the game with 140 yards rushing on 14 carries. Following that game, he had surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.”
The three-star prospect has been called one of the more versatile defensive backs on the West Coast according to Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins.
This will be Cotton’s first official visit. He has two others scheduled: Illinois (Nov. 5) and Oregon (Oct. 8).
"This will be my first time ever visiting Nebraska so I'm very excited," Cotton said. "I can't wait to see that game atmosphere and see how crazy the fans are. I see how they are on twitter so I'm excited to see them in real life.”
The Michigan linebacker has already visited Lincoln before, but this will be his first time seeing Nebraska play an opponent. With additional offers from Penn State, Virginia Tech, Washington State, Arizona and Iowa State, Ward could be on commitment watch.
“He is a kid who has good chance to move up the rankings this year and his first game was impressive,” said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu. “He was also a good lead blocker on offense which showed more of his physicality.”
The Texas prep defensive tackle isn’t one to talk much with the media. He only saw action in limited contests in 2015 (five games), but it was enough for teams to jump in on his recruitment.
In addition, these four Nebraska commits will be in attendance for the Huskers’ matchup.
There will be two storylines to watch when it comes to this crew.
First, this will be linebacker Willie Hampton’s first tip to Lincoln. The Flordia prep committed to the program site unseen.
In addition, Florida defensive end prep Robert Porcher is flirting with the idea of taking an official visit to Michigan. His trip to Nebraska has the potential to end that conversation.