Mike Riley vowed to get off to a fast start in the new recruiting cycle, and the Huskers seem to be doing just that.
Nebraska handed out 14 new scholarship offers this week, including a dozen to players from the 2017 class. The list includes mostly wide receivers and tight ends, but the Huskers did also offer a pair of defensive backs, a running back, a linebacker and an offensive tackle.
Three of the new offers came from within the 500-mile radius, while five came from California.
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Athlete Dalton Keene, Littleton, Colo.: The Huskers were the first power five school to offer this rising prospect from within the 500-mile radius. Keene could realistically play tight end, defensive end or outside linebacker on the next level. He also has offers from Iowa State and Colorado State. He grew up a CSU fan, according to Huskers Illustrated.
Cornerback Justin Broiles, Oklahoma City: This three-star from within the 500-mile radius blew up on the recruiting scene this week. In addition to an offer from NU, Broiles also received offers from Kansas State, SMU, Houston, Colorado State, Arkansas and Iowa State. Last month, he made 247sports’ U.S. Army National Combine All-Combine Team.
Cornerback Tre Brown, Tulsa, Okla.: Brown was the other Oklahoma defensive back to get a Huskers offer this week. Neither Oklahoma nor Oklahoma State has offered Brown, but he and Broiles are both expected to be at the Sooners’ Junior Day this weekend where offers could come. Regardless, the Huskers will make a hard push for this four-star prospect from within the 500-mile radius.
Wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman, Covington, Ga.: This three-star wide receiver from Georgia had been committed to Michigan since December, but good news for the Huskers came Friday when he dropped his pledge to the Wolverines — two days after NU offered. A 6-foot-3 pass catcher, Holloman had 32 catches for 632 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.
Outside linebacker Jaquan Henderson, Covington, Ga.: This offer went out Friday morning to make it an even dozen for the week. He's teammates with Holloman at Covington (Ga.) Newton. Henderson has the ability to play safety or linebacker and has been committed to UCLA since September.
Running back Stephen Carr, Fontana, Calif.: A consensus four-star, Carr has been committed to USC since March, but according to 247sports, that’s a very soft commitment. He plans to take a serious look at other schools, and NU hopes to get a crack at him.
Tight end Hunter Bryant, Bellevue, Wash.: A four-star tight end, according to Scout and Rivals, Nebraska got in on Bryant early. They were only his third offer behind in-state schools Washington and Washington State. Oregon State has also recently offered. Bryant caught 48 passes for 1,127 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015. Scout dubbed him an underclassman All-American last month.
Wide receiver Tahj Capehart, Virginia Beach, Va.: This 5-foot-11, four-star wide receiver already has an offer list of more than a dozen schools including Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Miami. His high school, Ocean Lakes, is one of the top programs in Virginia.
Wide receiver Joseph Lewis, Los Angeles: Considered one of the nation’s top four wide receivers, Lewis is being pursued big-time schools like USC, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. But NU wide receivers coach Keith Williams will hope his California connections can help get the Huskers in the mix.
Athlete Rahyme Johnson, Los Angeles: Ranked as an athlete by most of the services, though Rivals considers him an outside linebacker. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder has been committed to UCLA since July. Johnson plays at a Southern California powerhouse (Salesian) that typically produces multiple Division I prospects each year.
Wide receiver Taariq Johnson, Buena Park, Calif.: Considered a wide receiver by some and a tight end by others, the consensus on Johnson is that he’s big (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) and can catch the football. He’s one of two players from Buena Park HS to get an offer from NU this week (OT Ryan Nelson is the other) and a third — Jeremiah Hawkins — got an offer in June.
Offensive tackle Ryan Nelson, Buena Park, Calif.: The other Buena Park prospect to receive an NU offer this week. The Huskers joined Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Cal, Washington State, Colorado State and UNLV on Nelson’s offer list. At 254 pounds, he’s light for a lineman, but he’s a three-sport star for his high school, and colleges love that kind of athleticism from the big guys up front.
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The focus isn't only on the 2017 class. A pair of new offers went out this week to two of the nation's top underclassmen:
Outside linebacker Teradja Mitchell, Virginia Beach, Va.: Only a rising junior, Mitchell already holds nearly 20 scholarship offers. 247sports ranks him as the nation’s best outside linebacker in the 2018 class.
Outside linebacker Owen Pappoe, Loganville, Ga.: Pappoe became the first prospect from the 2019 class to receive an offer from the Huskers. He attends the same high school that produced current NU linebacker Mo Barry.