Nebraska Recruiting Weekend Primer (10-21-16)

A look at Nebraska's recruiting weekend with the Purdue Boilermakers coming to town.

After huge recruiting weekends for Fresno State and Oregon, with another solid weekend against Illinois, Nebraska gets set for a smaller visitor weekend against Purdue.

Despite the smaller numbers, talent isn’t lacking.

The Arizona commit is rated as an athlete and recently Nebraska told him they would be interested in him as either a defensive back or a running back.  He’s open to playing either spot in college. Johnson will visit Notre Dame in the coming weeks, but first up is Nebraska, who could set the bar pretty high. Head coach Mike Riley personally visited Johnson’s school two weeks ago - showing Johnson he is a priority.  The four-star athlete is a teammate to Nebraska wide receiver target Joseph Lewis. The five-star wide receiver told Johnson on Twitter he would love his trip to Lincoln. With a 2-5 record, Arizona has 27 commitments and yet are still pursuing other targets. Johnson could be looking for a better opportunity, despite the allure of possibly being able to play early in the Wildcat secondary. Landing him might go along way to wrapping up Lewis finally in the class as well.

Early on in the process the four-star tight end (rated by indicated he wanted to visit Nebraska, but then committed to Cal in April. His recruitment went a bit cold when it came to Nebraska, but wide receiver coach Keith Williams never stopped recruiting Johnson. We like Johnson a lot. His current frame allows him to lay wide receiver, but the senior could eventually grow into a more athletic tight end. Nebraska is losing two scholarship players at the tight end position to graduating, with two already committed. Landing someone like Johnson, who is versatile, would be the perfect situation.

The junior is an early Top 300 player in the 2018 class and already has offers from LSU, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Arkansas among others. The fact the St. Louis native is willing to make the drive to Lincoln is a good indicator of where the Huskers’ currently sit in his recruitment. Nebraska was his first offer and Babb is a former teammate to current Nebraska freshman Tre Bryant. Christian Brothers is a school Nebraska wouldn’t mind establishing a pipeline with.

Joining Babb will be fellow wide receiver Cameron Brown, who has early offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa State. Also a 2018 prospect, Brown saw Illinois earlier in the year. He doesn’t hold a Nebraska offer yet, but this could only strengthen the chances that it’s on the way.

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