We’ll get to visit recaps and more updates quickly, but first a recap of several commitments since Friday. A major hat tip to Jon Nyatawa for writing up stories on those commitments.
Cethan Carter: The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder appears to be a cross between Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed. A pretty good blocker mixed with a mid-range pass-catcher, even as an H-back. How fast Carter turns out to be will inform how the Huskers use him. If he’s a 4.6 40-yard dash guy, you can send him up the seam, like NU did with Reed. If he’s more in the 4.8/4.9 range, he’ll have to be a physical blocker and a good possession receiver in the red zone. Think of JB Phillips. Or Ryan Hill.
Matt Finnin: The College of DuPage (Ill.) offensive tackle is a guy who, if he chose, could have gone to Florida State or to a top SEC school. But he really does value relationships and closeness on the team. That he found it at NU — plus a chance to beat out a trio of seniors for playing time — suggests the Huskers did a bang-up job of selling him on the program.
Finnin’s a top-shelf athlete who won’t be easy to beat with a speed rush. He can run defensive ends out of a play pretty easily — and he keeps them out with a good motor. He’ll have to bulk up some to take on the best power rushers, and Nebraska will need him to be a consistent second-level blocker of linebackers. But Finnin is the JUCO pickup that the Huskers couldn’t manage on the defensive side of the ball.
Tre’vell Dixon: Here’s the good rule of thumb with the 6-foot, 180-pounder: The more athletes like Dixon you can put on the team, the more you align yourself with Ohio State and Michigan. Nebraska now has several of these hybrid, run-or-jump-out-of-gym guys — Kenny Bell, Jamal Turner, Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard, Charles Jackson, Daniel Davie, Alonzo Moore, Jonathan Rose — to put on offense or defense. It’s good to have that many options.
On to the update.
First, here’s where, right now, Nebraska’s recruiting rankings stand:
247Sports Composite: 20
ESPN: 26 (last updated Jan. 17)
Now to the prospects, listed with name, height/weight, position, town/school and top schools involved.
After each recruiting services designation (247: 247Sports; 247C: 247Sports Composite ranking; R: Rivals; S: Scout; E: ESPN), you’ll see numbers. Here’s the key for those: Star ranking/National ranking/Position Ranking.
An “NR” means they’re not ranked at this time. A bolded ranking denotes the prospect’s highest evaluation. An italicized ranking denotes the prospect’s lowest evaluation.
Dwayne Johnson, 6-6/275, OT, Bellaire (Texas): Nebraska, Baylor, Arkansas, OU, Wash St
Johnson’s another late arrival on the recruiting radar for the Huskers, but his upside seems pretty good. He liked his official visit to Nebraska over the weekend.
“I liked everything,” he told Huskers Illustrated. “There wasn’t one thing I didn’t like. I especially liked the academics. Going into the trip, that was a big part of it. I got to see it for myself the academics. It was great.”
Johnson said to Big Red Report: “If I had to say my top right now, I would say Nebraska is on top.”
He’ll meet in his home with Nebraska coaches Wednesday, according to Husker Online. Expect a commit to NU by then — or perhaps even before that.
Chongo Kondolo, 6-4/290, OG, Fresno (Calif.) City College: Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida St.
The late official visitor will get a look at guard or center if he comes to Nebraska, Kondolo told Huskers Illustrated.
“I like their offense,” Kondolo said to HI. “I’d be playing guard and possibly center. I’d mainly play guard. I’m OK with that. I’ve never played center, but that’s OK. It’s a situation here where there is an open spot this year. Next year they graduate a lot of seniors.”
The Huskers are now tied with the Volunteers, according to Husker Online.
“My visit to Nebraska compares well to Tennessee and those two are in the lead,” Kondolo said to HO “Nebraska has great facilities and really good academic support. They have proven that they graduate their players.
He has one visit left that he’ll take to Oklahoma or Utah State. This is a battle between NU and UT.
Boaz Joseph, 6-1/190, DB, Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay: Nebraska, Louisville Purdue, Wisconsin, Kentucky
Joseph took an official visit to Nebraska last weekend and told Husker Online that he had a “great” time on the trip.
“I’m going to sit down with Coach Joseph next week and talk things out,” Joseph told HO. “I’m not sure exactly what’s going to happen, but the coaches are great.”
He’ll now take a visit to Louisville, which has more than its share to offer, as it comes off a Sugar Bowl win. With Dixon’s commit and potential to play corner, it’s unclear just how badly NU would need Joseph’s commit, but we’ll see if a spot is still there for him.
A couple more items:
>>Nebraska’s holding a kind of VIP Junior Day Saturday for a handful of select players. This will coincide with any official visitors Nebraska hosts this weekend — although, right now, there are none schedule.
>>Husker safety commit Marcus McWilson is still in play for Kentucky, but I continue to expect him to stick with Nebraska in the end.
>>The NCAA approved changes to its recruiting rule book that will make this whole process more intense than it’s ever been. We’ll get into it more later this week.