Recruiting: Nebraska reaffirms commitment to St. Louis area during satellite camp

From left: St. Louis Trinity Catholic standouts Shammond Cooper and Marcus Washington — both Husker recruits in the 2019 class — speak with Keith Williams, Trent Bray and Mike Riley at the camp at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI — Nebraska's football staff is near the end of its whirlwind week of satellite camps.

NU has already visited Texas, Georgia and the Miami area, where the camps had hundreds and hundreds of Power Five prospects — so many that it was hard for coach Mike Riley and Co. to keep track of them all.

"There’s a lot of guys who can run," Riley said of prospects at the Florida Atlantic and Florida International camps. "Good-looking athletes."

At Lindenwood University — a pleasant, private Division II school west of downtown St. Louis — there were some good-looking athletes, too. Not nearly as many as there are in Florida. But Nebraska wouldn't have expected that.

Riley's here in the region with a purpose — to continue building inroads for those handful of players each year who come out of the area. NU has one — St. Louis Christian Brothers College wideout Cameron Brown — who is committed for the 2018 recruiting class. It wants more in the 2018 class and beyond.

"Our selection of Lindenwood — in the St. Louis area — is not an accident," Riley said. 

St. Louis Trinity Catholic coach Cory Patterson, who brought several top 2019 prospects to the camp, was impressed with the commitment. 

"It’s huge for St. Louis to have this group down here," Patterson said. "They’re showing that they really want to be here in St. Louis."

Trinity Catholic produced most of the camp's impressive performers. 2019 wideouts Isaiah Williams and Marcus Washington are top-100 prospects, according to 247Sports, and have offers from Nebraska. Washington and Williams both looked dominant in one-on-one route-running drills.

Linebacker Shammond Cooper is a four-star with top offers to Notre Dame, Oklahoma and LSU. Cooper spent a half-hour with Nebraska linebackers coach Trent Bray on Saturday getting one-on-one instruction. Nebraska then extended him an offer after the camp.

Another receiver — St. Louis Parkway North's C.J. Boone — will be one to watch, too.  

More in a Sunday story. 

A few notes: 

>> While Riley, wideouts coach Keith Williams, cornerbacks coach Donte Williams, defensive line coach John Parrella, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh and linebackers coach Trent Bray were out on the road most of the week, offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and running backs coach Reggie Davis were busy holding down the fort running day-to-day operations with the program. 

>> Players started conditioning work last week, and it was, according to two Husker players, much more rigorous than years past. A Husker staffer confirmed it. 

>> The bigger of the two Friday Night Lights events looks to be June 23. That's when Brendan Radley-Hiles is supposed to travel in for the camp. Radley-Hiles is the leader of the 2018 recruiting class. 

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