Where things stand with recruits hosted on official visits
Nebraska’s home football schedule is over, and so is the chance to show off Memorial Stadium on game day to future prospects.
But that doesn’t mean recruiting is over. Not even close. With the Dec. 19 early signing period a month away, coach Scott Frost said he and his staff are “gonna get out in force.”
The Huskers have 21 commits in their 2019 class, and Frost said earlier this month the final total will likely top 25.
But following an offseason in which Frost and Co. made the most of their limited official visits left over from the Mike Riley era, it’s worth looking at how their official visits in this cycle have gone. Nebraska has used 27 of the 56 total official visits it’s allotted from September 2018 through July 2019.
Here’s the breakdown:
Still available (9)
Brant Banks, DE, Houston (Texas) Westbury Christian: Banks unofficially visited during the summer and took his first all-expenses-paid trip to the canceled Akron game Sept. 1. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound lineman also visited Missouri and is still considering Pittsburgh and Baylor. Nebraska is the only Power Five school offering him as a defensive end (other programs see him as an offensive tackle). He plans to graduate in December and be an early enrollee.
Aaron Beasley, LB, Franklin (Ga.) Heard County: Beasley came to the Purdue game as a verbal pledge to Tennessee and has since stayed committed to the Vols. Nebraska sees him as a linebacker, while the Vols and other schools peg him as a safety. Beasley has also been to Florida and South Carolina and holds a full complement of Power Five offers. He hasn’t closed down his recruitment yet.
Jeremy James, OT, Cumming (Ga.) North Forsyth: James committed to Mississippi in June and kept that pledge even after taking his first — and possibly only — official visit to Nebraska for the Purdue game. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman has a flurry of other Power Five offers including Florida, Iowa State and Miami.
Dru Mathis, LB, Moorpark (Calif.) College: The former San Diego State signee from the 2016 class was in Lincoln for the Michigan State game, barely a month after receiving an offer from the Huskers. Mathis also visited Illinois and plans to get to Baylor and TCU before making a decision and signing in December. He’ll be an early enrollee with two years to play two.
Tavian Mayo, CB, Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County: Nebraska has been making hay in the Peach State, and Mayo could be another addition. Though he’s largely been mum about his recruiting process since visiting Nebraska for the Minnesota game, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback said at the time he was still considering visits to Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Duke and West Virginia, with the Cyclones and Huskers in his top two.
Noa Pola-Gates, S, Gilbert (Ariz.) Williams Field: The four-star prospect officially visited for the Minnesota game and has also made trips to Penn State (Sept. 29) and Arizona State (Nov. 10), with Alabama on deck this weekend. He has family in Nebraska, including his cousin, Keana Pola, a newly-signed Husker softball recruit.
Ty Robinson, DE, Gilbert (Ariz.) Higley: Perhaps Nebraska’s top target on its board, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman came for the Michigan State game after official visits to USC and Oregon. An official visit to Alabama this weekend awaits Robinson, who has multiple family ties to Nebraska. He plans to commit somewhere before the early signing period.
Jamel Starks, CB, Decatur (Ga.) Southwest DeKalb: The two-way standout has largely been quiet since his visit to Nebraska for the Colorado game in early September. He previously expressed interest in visiting West Virginia and NC State, according to recruiting reports, and also has a Power Five offer from Maryland. The Huskers see the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder as a cornerback or nickel. He plans to wait to announce until the Feb. 6 signing day.
Lloyd Summerall, DE, Lakeland (Fla.): The 6-foot-5, 220-pound edge rusher saw snow for the first time in his life at the Michigan State game and was blown away by the atmosphere. Nebraska was his first official visit, with others likely coming to Florida State, Florida and Miami before he plans to make an announcement Dec. 19. LSU and Auburn are also among his final six teams.
Committed to Nebraska after visit (5)
Bryce Benhart, OT, Lakeville (Minn.) North: One of Nebraska’s highest-rated prospects visited campus three times — officially for the canceled Akron game — and announced his commitment Oct. 28, eight days after coming back to watch the Minnesota contest. The 6-foot-8, 305-pounder turned down football powers including Wisconsin, Michigan and Oklahoma.
Darien Chase, WR, Camas (Wash.) Union: Chase chose the Huskers over finalist Boise State and also turned down multiple Pac-12 offers a few days after visiting for the Oct. 20 Minnesota game. He could play cornerback at the next level, though Nebraska sees the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder as a wide receiver for now.
Myles Farmer, S, Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake: Nebraska’s latest commitment came in the wake of witnessing Nebraska beat Michigan State in the snow last weekend. NU offered him Feb. 1. Among his other most high-profile suitors were Oregon, Ole Miss and West Virginia.
Chris Hickman, TE, Omaha Burke: Nebraska completed a clean sweep of in-state offerees when Hickman committed Sept. 15, one week after officially visiting for the Colorado game. The 6-foot-5, 206-pound three-star spurned a variety of regional Power Five offers along with LSU and Oregon.
Javin Wright, CB, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton: The son of former Blackshirt Toby Wright visited Nebraska for the Colorado game on crutches after spraining his MCL the night before. After a trip to UCLA on Oct. 20 didn’t compare, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Wright made his pledge to the Huskers public on Halloween.
Committed elsewhere (4)
Tiawan Mullen, CB, Coconut Creek (Fla.): One of the first 2019 prospects to receive an offer after Frost took over at Nebraska, Mullen officially visited Lincoln for the canceled Akron game. He went to Indiana the next weekend and committed there six days later.
Wandale Robinson, RB, Frankfort (Ky.) Western Hills: The consensus four-star talent loaded up on official visits to Michigan, Alabama and Ohio State along with Nebraska on Akron weekend. He seemed headed to Nebraska, but one night before his scheduled Nov. 1 announcement, he changed his mind and chose home-state Kentucky instead.
Marcus Washington, WR, St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic: The new Nebraska coaches offered Washington — previously a Mike Riley target — in January and got an official visit for Colorado weekend despite being a long shot to land him. He visited Texas on Sept. 15 and pledged to the Longhorns later that month.
Dohnovan West, OT, Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany: West was part of the contingent of visitors during Akron weekend and later went to Boise State and Utah. He chose Arizona State on Nov. 3.
Committed to Nebraska before visit (9)
The following recruits all committed to the Huskers before taking their official visits during the season, and they all plan to sign with Nebraska.
Jackson Hannah, LB, Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy
Nick Henrich, LB, Omaha Burke
Michael Lynn, OT, Englewood (Colo.) Cherry Creek
Luke McCaffrey, QB, Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian
Dedrick Mills, RB, Garden City (Kan.) Community College
Jamie Nance, WR, Blanchard (Okla.)
Mosai Newsom, DE, Waverly (Iowa) Shell Rock
Quinton Newsome, S, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
Ronald Thompkins, RB, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson