Recruiting ticker: Huskers’ Monday stops; a visit in the works for early December
Nebraska’s 2018 season is over and the Husker coaching staff is spread out all over the country visiting high school prospects, which means its time to fire up the Husker Extra recruiting ticker once again.
The current contact period runs through Dec. 16, which is just a couple days ahead of the early signing date.
Between now and then, though, the NU coaches will be out to see a ton of players and will also host a bunch on official visits in Lincoln on the weekends.
To the updates:
Georgia travels: Head coach Scott Frost appeared headed from Colorado to Georgia on Monday morning. The Huskers have three verbal commitments in the state -- running back Ronald Tompkins (Loganville) and defensive backs Quinton Newsome (Suwanee) and Myles Farmer (Atlanta). Not only that, but NU hosted Tavian Mayo on an official visit earlier in the year and the Huskers are recruiting several other players from the area.
Tight ends coach Sean Beckton is typically NU’s lead recruiter in the Peach State.
Husker commit Johnson working on visit: Standout running back Rahmir Johnson (Oradell, New Jersey) confirmed to the Journal Star on Monday that he’s working on setting up an official visit to Lincoln for the weekend of Dec. 8.
Johnson also said that defensive line coach Mike Dawson, who recruits the East Coast for the Huskers, will be by to see him Tuesday.
To date, 14 of NU’s 21 verbal commitments for 2019 have used their official visits, so Johnson is one of a few remaining guys who can still take one. Of course, if the Huskers set up a big recruiting weekend for early December, many members of the class would likely come to campus on unofficial visits.
Johnson turned in an impressive senior year in leading Bergen Catholic to the state championship game.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder rushed for 1,334 yards and 11 scores and added 140 and another touchdown receiving in 12 games for the powerhouse program.
Thank you for everything @rahmir_johnson. You set the standard of what a @BergenCathFBall Crusader should be. You will be missed. #deusvulthttps://t.co/dGcGy4SR2O — Bergen Catholic FB (@BergenCathFBall) November 25, 2018
Continued juco connections: When Garden City (Kan.) Community College head coach Jeff Sims recently took a job at Division II Missouri Southern, it could have been a tough blow for the Huskers. Sims, who will coach his team — and Nebraska verbal commit Dedrick Mills — in the national championship this week before leaving the school, is a friend of outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt and was a good resource for the Huskers in the juco ranks.
Football Scoop reported Monday morning that Arizona Western head coach Tom Minnick has been hired to take his place. Nebraska, of course, got two players from that school in 2018 in Jaron Woodyard and Greg Bell and has another committed for 2019 in offensive lineman Desmond Bland.
Arizona Western was going to be in a tough spot considering the uncertain future of juco football in Arizona.
So the Huskers maintain a close connection at Garden City. That can’t hurt.
Sunday updates: The staff is clearly prioritizing getting out to see guys who are already committed.
Frost, outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt, offensive line coach Greg Austin, inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco all dropped by Scottsbluff to see Garrett Nelson, the longest-tenured member of the 2019 class.
The coaching group might seem a bit random, but Dewitt will coach Nelson in college and Ruud coordinates in-state recruiting and also works Colorado. That’s where the staff headed after that to see tackle Michael Lynn and quarterback Luke McCaffrey.
Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and secondary coach Travis Fisher, meanwhile, were in Arizona to see verbal commit Javin Wright.
You can bet it won’t be long — if it didn’t happen Sunday — before Dawson and/or Chinander stop in to see top target Ty Robinson right down the road.
This notebook will be updated throughout the day and will be a regular feature during the coming contact periods.