Xavier Watts

Xavier Watts was one of three receivers in Lincoln for visits over a 96-hour period. 

Nebraska has six scholarship receivers who are underclassmen — plus key sophomore walk-on contributor Kade Warner — but that’s not stopping the Huskers from hunting for more pass-catchers to join the 2020 recruiting class.

Over the course of four days, NU will have hosted three three-star prospects — including Omaha Burke star Xavier Watts, who dropped by on Friday.

The other two visitors — William Nixon and Thad Johnson — are from Texas.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Nixon, who visited Saturday, is the son of current Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Nixon. The Bears are a factor, as is Notre Dame and Jeff’s alma mater, Penn State. The younger Nixon mostly played in the slot at Waco (Texas) Midway and, according to 247Sports, scheduled a June 21 official visit to Notre Dame.

On Monday, according to his Twitter account, the 6-1, 180-pound Johnson visits Nebraska. Modestly rated despite having 57 catches for 1,193 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, Johnson visited Kansas over the weekend. The Beaumont (Texas) West Brook star plays X receiver — that’s outside — where he ran slants, posts and go routes. He caught eight passes for 204 yards in West Brook’s upset of power Austin Westlake in the Class 6A playoffs.

Nebraska has a receiver commit from top-100 prospect Zavier Betts, who’s caught 29 career touchdowns over three seasons at Bellevue West. NU also welcomes four true freshmen receivers to the roster this season — Wan’Dale Robinson, Jamie Nance, Demariyon Houston and Darien Chase.

More recruiting notes:

» Tulsa (Okla.) Edison running back Sevion Morrison has set an official visit to NU for June 21, according to 247Sports. The 6-foot, 195-pound Morrison rushed for 2,728 yards and 39 touchdowns in a first-team all-state season. His best game — a 429-yard, seven-touchdown showstopper — put him on a lot of radars, including Arkansas, which has recruited him hard. Morrison told 247 he’d commit in August, with Arkansas, Baylor, Missouri, Washington and NU as finalists.

» Papillion South tight end/defensive end Will Swanson received an offer from Kansas State on Sunday and Wyoming one day before. Millard South lineman Kohl Herbolsheimer received an offer from Wyoming — his second from an FBS school — after camping in Laramie. Swanson will presumably be camping in Lincoln in June, and Nebraska, if it’s in the market for a tight end, would have one in its backyard to scout.

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