Nebraska puts together highly ranked WR class

Even without with a couple high-profile near gets, Nebraska did big things in their 2017 wide receiver class.


After finishing a close second for his services in the summer, Nebraska was able to flip Las Vegas (Nevada) Bishop Gorman four-star prospect Tyjon Lindsey in January. Lindsey is easily one of Nebraska's biggest gets since joining the Big Ten in 2011. 

"It was one of the toughest decisions of my life, it was a very stressful thing for me but the right thing for me," Lindsey told's Greg Biggins. "It really came down to where I felt I would be most comfortable, where I would develop the best and what school would prepare me the best for my ultimate goal, which is to play in the NFL.

"I have great relationships with Coach (Keith) Williams and Mike Riley and even after I committed to Ohio State, they still talked to me and treated me like family. With Coach Williams, he's a guy who would talk to me all the time and not even about football, just life and how I was doing. I'm not saying Ohio State didn't but it was just a different feel with Nebraska."

National recruiting analysts love him. 

"You can make a strong argument Lindsey is the most explosive slot receiver in the country," said Biggins. "He's incredibly quick, has a great burst but also has the top end speed to run away from a defense as well."

Calabasas (California) wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is the leader of the Calibraska movement. Raised around the game, he is an extremely polished route runner says national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins. Johnson has all-conference potential in the Big Ten. According to, Johnson had 792 yards on 46 catches this season in 15 game, finding the end zone 10 times. He picked Nebraska over offers from Ohio State, Alabama and USC. Johnson Jr. is an early enrollee. He's on campus.

Columbia (Missouri) Battle Jaevon McQuitty’s season was cut short (shoulder injury), but he still had 12 touchdowns and over 850 yards in eight games. McQuitty isn’t exactly a burner, but he’s a solid route-runner and has learned how to create separation doing so. McQuitty is also solid in traffic. The senior had offers Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Minnesota. While much of Nebraska’s recruiting efforts have been out West, landing a guy like McQuitty in the 500-mile radius sends a message to teams Nebraska still can pull kids close to home if they want a prospect. He’s an early enrollee.


Nebraska will only have one scholarship wide receiver departing in next year’s class, but this year’s numbers will dictate how many the Huskers take.

While there is some debate on what position he will play at the next level, no one is questioning if the Los Angeles (California) Hawkins athlete is a four-star talent. Fuller jumped in the Huskers' class a few weeks ago with a surprise announcement.  

"They were actually on campus earlier today and I wasn't planning to commit this early but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that Nebraska is where I wanted to be so why wait any longer," Fuller told's Greg Biggins. "I wanted to get out of Los Angeles and experience something new any way so Nebraska was the perfect spot."

Fuller has yet to visit Nebraska but plans to do so over the spring/summer.

"My coaches are planning that right now for me," Fuller said. "I don't care that I never visited before, I've talked to people who have and everyone says great things about the place. I know I'll like it there and I'm excited to go and check it out over the spring or summer.

"Coach Dubs (Keith Williams) is one of the best WR coaches around and I'm excited to play for him. He has a great reputation as a coach and I know he'll be able to develop me as a player. I think everything just fits for me there. The offense fits me and like I said, the main thing is my comfort level with the coaches. I want to be around those guys and no one was recruiting me harder so that showed me a lot."

The No. 1 wide receiver in the country, Hall is a teammate of Fuller's and longtime Nebraska target Joseph Lewis in the 2017 class. The seed was planted a long time ago by receiver coach Keith Williams.

The junior is an early Top 300 player in the 2018 class and already has offers from LSU, Auburn, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Iowa and Arkansas among others. Babb visited Nebraska in the fall and 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. During January former St. Louis prep and current Nebraska staff member Kenny Wilhite made a stop at Babb's school. Wilhite could be a strong connection for Nebraska in a strong St. Louis 2018 class. 


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