Nebraska football is potentially hosting three five-star prospects this weekend, as well as its usual trio of prospects from Calabasas (Calif.) High School — Darnay Holmes, Keyshawn Johnson, Jr. and Tristan Gebbia.
But my interest turns most on two prospects from Detriot Cass Technical High School: Five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and four-star defensive back Jaylen Kelly-Powell. They face each other each day in practice.
"They get better, that's for sure," Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said.
Cass Tech is one of the top programs in the nation; MaxPreps has Wilcher's team ranked No. 20 this week. More than that, Cass Tech turns out really good prospects for the Big Ten; the best player in recent years, running back Mike Weber, will be Ohio State's starter this season.
Along comes Peoples-Jones, the 2015 Nike Sparq ratings champion. I pay attention to that, in part because the last two Husker recruits to finish in the top 100 of those ratings — Tre Bryant and Dedrick Young — will play/have played as true freshmen. Peoples-Jones' highlight film is perfectly sufficient in all the usual ways wideout/kick returner film tends to be — the top 20-30 receivers all have pretty great highlights — but I particularly liked two plays in it: One where he dives for the end zone without a hint of an angle, but makes it anyway; and a downfield block he delivers that's worthy of Kenny Bell's shot in the 2012 Big Ten Championship.
"Donovan wants to do everything the right way," Wilcher said. "That's the biggest thing."
Peoples-Jones gets it done in the classroom — he's a 3.9 grade-point average student. So does Kelly-Powell, who has a 3.8. Kelly-Powell is one of my favorite of Nebraska's targets in this cycle. He visited for Friday Night Lights and played it a little cool during the start of the event, but was fired up and one of the top players there by the end.
Wilcher intimated that Kelly-Powell's opinion of Nebraska is playing a role in the dual official visits.
"Jaylen came back and raved about it," Wilcher said.
Both prospects are considered leans toward Michigan. That makes sense, although Ohio State and Michigan State robustly recruit the school as well. Wilcher is a former Wolverine running back and former teammate of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. He was on the 1985 Michigan team that played the Huskers in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl.
One school Wilcher hasn't seen: Nebraska.
"I'll have to get out there one day," he said.