Recruiting: Husker satellite camps lead to new offers

Nebraska 2018 recruiting target TJ Pledger, center, a running back from Chaminade High School, waits to run a drill during a satellite football camp hosted by Calabasas High School, featuring Nebraska coaches, at Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Calif.

The recent satellite camps attended by Nebraska coaches have already started to prove worthwhile.

Since June 1, Nebraska has sent coaches to two camps in California, one in St. Louis, one in Houston and one in Atlanta. Mike Riley and other coaches will also head to the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit later this week while also holding three camps on campus this month.

The ultimate payoff will come later if the Huskers can land commitments from players that participate in some of these events. But at the very least, the coaches have found new players to offer after seeing them work out first-hand.

Three of the seven new offers from the last week went to players that participated in one of NU’s satellite camps.

Here’s a breakdown of each new offer:

Running back TJ Pledger (2018), West Hills, Calif.: Pledger was one of the standout performers at Sunday’s camp in Los Angeles. Our Jon Nyatawa called him a “stud” after seeing him work out alongside Nathan Tilford, a member of our Huskers Big Board. The NU coaches agreed with that assessment and offered Pledger the next day. Pledger is a part of Pro Way Training with several other LA-area Husker targets, which should help give NU a foot in the door with him. Pledger posted a SPARQ score of 95.61 — including a 4.7-second 40 and 30.7-inch vertical — in February and ran for 26 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015.

Defensive back Naytron Culpepper, Miami: NU had coaches at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Atlanta over the weekend, which is where Culpepper showed out. 247sports crowned him as one of the top performers and wrote that he “didn’t give up a completion all day.” Culpepper has the versatility to play either corner or safety on the next level. He has about two dozen offers at this point.

Wide receiver Cameron Coleman (2019), St. Louis: Only a rising sophomore, Coleman stood out at the camp at Lindenwood University on June 1. There the Husker coaches got to see him up close and chose to offer him the next day. He already has four FBS offers. Iowa State was the first back in December, and he’s since added Missouri and Illinois before Nebraska last week.

Wide receiver Mark Webb, Warminster, Pa.: Keith Williams offered Webb on June 2. About a month earlier he earned an invite to The Opening after a standout performance at the New Jersey Regional. That’s where the 6-foot-2 Webb posted a SPARQ score of 90.78 with a 4.75-second 40-yard dash and 32-inch vertical. Webb is a four-star prospect on three of the four major recruiting services (Scout excluded), and 247sports ranks him No. 81 overall. He has more than 20 offers to his name.

Cornerback Hanif Muhammad, League City, Texas: Muhammad is an under-the-radar prospect NU offered on June 2. The Huskers are his only Power Five offer at the moment, and he’s currently unranked by all the major recruiting services. Muhammad did have five interceptions as a junior in 2015 and tested well at The Opening Regional in Houston in April. There he posted a 92.85 SPARQ score with a 37.7-inch vertical jump.

Offensive tackle Colten Blanton (2018), Cypress, Texas: Blanton is an early four-star prospect, according to 247sports and Scout, and he has an offer list to match. Nearly 20 schools have offered already, including Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma and Clemson, among others. At 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Blanton projects to be one of the nation's top linemen in his class.

Linebacker Horace McCoy (2019), Santa Ana, Calif.: McCoy is only the fourth recruit from the 2019 class to receive an offer from the Huskers, and the first from California. Other schools have taken early notice of him as well. He has offers from Power Five programs Notre Dame, Oregon and Alabama. Nicknamed “Bru,” McCoy could play either side of the ball on the next level, but Trent Bray seems to have the 6-foot-1 rising sophomore targeted for linebacker.

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