Justin Gilbert, the #41 ranked receiver in the country, from Huntsville, Texas, is sitting on double-digit offers, the most recent coming from Miami (FL), Ole Miss, Houston and Colorado. Standing 6-1 and weighing around 180 lbs., Gilbert could fit all kinds of situations, and on either side of the field. That versatility doesn't just come from his size, though, as a recent performance at an Oklahoma State camp held at Texas Southern University, attests. "I ran a 4.35 at that camp. That's my best forty so far," Gilbert said. That camp is one of a couple experiences he has had with the Oklahoma State staff, Gilbert also having visited them unofficially, along with Oklahoma and Baylor.
Gilbert is one of those who you shouldn't expect will let this process drag out as we figure him to make his decision before his senior season starts. And like most, he's going to commit to a school he's actually seen. As for where Nebraska is at in that regard, Gilbert said that he'd like to visit Lincoln sometime during the Summer, but isn't quite sure as of yet. He looks like Oklahoma State's to lose, but Gilbert also said that Arkansas could be offering soon, and if that happens, his recruiting might get a little more interesting.
Sporting some reported sub-4.4 speed himself, Charcandrick West, a 5-9, 190 lbs. corner out of Springhill, Louisiana, was actually planning on visiting Nebraska this week while Summer camps were in session. Not to camp, mind you, but simply to take an unofficial and compare it to the other schools showing interest, which include LSU, Alabama and Arkansas. Currently, Arkansas is the one team amongst this trio to have offered, joining other schools such as Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech. Those plans came to a screeching halt, though, as West told us that he wasn't going to be able to make it up after all. "I have strep throat, so I won't be able to make the trip. But I'd like to see if I can get up there at some point," he said.
A date has obviously not been set for that potential visit as of right now. Arkansas seems like the clear leader at this point, but for any Louisiana kid, if an LSU offer comes down the pipe, that could be all she wrote for West. "Everyone wants to get an offer from them. That's kind of what you dream about," he said. As for Nebraska, if there is no visit, chances are there won't be an offer, at least until the actual season arrives and the Husker coaches can get a chance to get down there and see him for themselves.
Now here's a story I like, because in this world today of commits taking visits, Cassius Marsh, the #5 ranked defensive tackle in the country, officially de-committed from Cal, because he wanted to look around. "I felt shady even talking to other schools while I was a commit. So, I thought the best thing to do was de-commit and then I could look around," Marsh said. Considering how highly he was ranked you can imagine the amount of attention he had prior to his pledge to the Bears. That attention came back for the most part after he officially reopened his recruiting.
One of the offers he received almost right away from Nebraska. But Marsh said that while he thinks Nebraska is a fine program, he was a little confused that the offer was all he got. "I haven't talked to coach from there. I haven't gotten an e-mail. I haven't even gotten anything with a number to call them back," he said. "I just found out about the offer from my coach, but other than that I haven't had any contact with them at all." Schools that he does plan to contact down the line are Florida, LSU and Oklahoma, three of the main schools that were inspirations for his change-of-heart to Cal. They haven't offered, but Marsh is hoping that they will, so it will justify getting to know them a little more. With that being said, Marsh said that nobody should write of Cal, because he committed there for a reason. "I love it. I committed there, because I have a great relationship with the coaches there, and it's just a great place to be," he said. "But I just didn't feel right staying a commit and looking around. The coaches at Cal said it was OK if I did that, but I didn't feel right about it.
Kudos to Marsh for doing the honorable thing.
To continue this somewhat depressing theme, Miami Northwestern athlete Corvin Lamb has had it rough. Here's a kid who is considered one of the fastest football players in the entire Sunshine State, so call it depressingly ironic that for the last two years he has had injuries which took him off those devastatingly-fast feet. Last year it was a broken ankle, and this year, during Spring football practice, he broke his fibula. But Lamb said he's on his way back…again. "My boot is off, and I am going through my second week of rehab. So, it's progressing," he said. "God has a plan for me, so I put it in his hands and I just keep working hard and doing the best that I can."
Despite the injury the recruiting attention has only increased for the 100 and 200-meter AAU champ, his total jumping into double-digits, including Central Florida, Southern Florida, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Michigan. Yes, Nebraska is in there too, but outside of the offer Lamb says he doesn't know a thing about the Huskers. "I have got letters from them, but I don't remember ever seeing anything that had a number on it to call them back," he said. "I have never talked to anyone from there." Lamb said he doesn't list favorites right now, but the aforementioned list, outside of Nebraska, of course, are the teams he said are recruiting him the hardest right now.
Have no fear there's better news on the way as Brandon Scherff, and offensive lineman out of Denison, Iowa has a Husker offer and yes, Nebraska and him keep in very regular contact as Brandon told us that he talks to Offensive Line Coach Barney Cotton on a fairly consistent basis. It's been awhile since we talked to Scherff, and in that time his offers have grown to six, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State and Missouri now all officially wanting him at their respective institutions. Scherff obviously has a lot of familiarity with the Iowa programs, and the last update done with him on Scout, dated Apr. 6th, seem to have Iowa perhaps a slight leader. But Scherff says that there is actually a tie. "It's a tie between three teams: Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska," he said.
Scherff plans on taking some unofficial visits over the Summer, and while he knows he's visiting Iowa and Iowa State, the trip to Nebraska is still tentative. With baseball going on Scherff isn't thinking too much about recruiting, but said that he would like to have a decision made either before his senior season of football, or if he has to wait, after the season concludes. From our conversation with him, you could probably interpret it as the two in-state schools having a slight edge, but it's probably not such a significant edge that you can rule other teams out, especially the third member for first place on his list, the Huskers.
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