The recruits to receive Husker offers this week come from familiar locations.
Nebraska targeted players from St. Louis, Dallas, Los Angeles and Indianapolis — or towns near those major cities. St. Louis falls within the 500-mile radius. Dallas and Indy are just outside that imaginary circle but are still cities the Huskers recruit heavily. And you undoubtedly know by now about NU’s focus on Southern California.
There was also an in-state offer extended this week, one the player accepted on the spot.
Some of these recruits attended the Huskers’ Friday Night Lights camp. Others were likely seen by the coaches during the spring evaluation period.
Here’s a closer look at each of the seven recruits to be offered by NU over the last week:
Defensive lineman Masry Mapieu (2018), York: Mapieu committed to the Huskers seconds after receiving an offer at last weekend’s Friday Night Lights camp. The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder is still raw but loaded with potential. He and his family moved to Nebraska from Egypt when Mapieu was 2 after his parents fled Uganda, and he transferred to York before his sophomore season. Iowa, Iowa State and UCLA were all recruiting Mapieu before he committed to NU. He became the Huskers’ second 2018 commit, with both recruits coming from within the state’s borders.
Wide receiver Omar Manning, Lancaster, Texas: Manning comes from a Dallas suburb and ranks as one of the top 23 wideouts nationally, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s been targeted by several major programs, including most of the Big 12. He’s visited schools like Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and this spring added offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and LSU among others. Manning had nearly 700 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior in 2015. He’ll participate in The Opening next month.
Linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu (2018), Claremont, Calif.: Tuliaupupu landed his first offer in early February from Washington and since then has added more than a dozen. Within the last month, he’s received offers from USC, Utah, Colorado, Notre Dame. Nebraska’s came Monday. Tuliaupupu hails from Claremont, which is about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. 247Sports already ranks Tuliaupupu as one of the 12 best outside linebackers in the country.
Linebacker Cameron McGrone (2018), Indianapolis: McGrone isn’t yet ranked by any of the four major recruiting services, but his athletic ability speaks for itself. McGrone posted a SPARQ score of 107.52 at The Opening Regional in Columbus, Ohio, last month. That was the third-best score among 2018 prospects at the event and included 4.69-second 40-yard dash at more than 200 pounds. NU was the fourth school to offer McGrone after Miami (Ohio), Bowling Green and Syracuse.
Offensive tackle Nick Petit-Frere (2018), Tampa, Fla.: Petit-Frere has been on the radar of major colleges dating back to October when Michigan offered. He’s now a four-star prospect, according to both 247Sports and Scout with the former ranking him No. 81 overall. Within the last four months, he’s also added offers from Ohio State, Florida, Auburn and Miami, among others. At 6-foot-6, Petit-Frere appears to be a prototypical tackle, and Mike Cavanaugh will work now to get the rising junior to Lincoln.
Safety Brian Williams (2019), Dallas: Williams will only be a sophomore next season, but he already holds a dozen scholarship offers. Nebraska extended one to him over the weekend while he was on campus for an unofficial visit with teammates Damion Daniels and Calvin Avery, both Husker targets. NU joins these other Power Five programs on his offer list: Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, TCU, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.
Wide receiver Kyren Williams (2019), St. Louis: Our Sam McKewon saw an offer coming after watching Williams work out at last week’s Friday Night Lights camp. The 2019 pass-catcher had also participated at a St. Louis camp attended by NU coaches earlier in the month, so it didn’t come as a surprise when Williams landed that offer after FNL. McKewon noted that Williams was the best skill player there. This was his first scholarship offer.