Now the Nebraska football coaches are spreading all over the country to evaluate recruits for the 2018 class and beyond. The Huskers are documenting every step of their adventure, marketing their recruiting effort on Twitter so fans and prospects alike know where they are.
Let’s start with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf. Over the last couple weeks he’s spent time in Denver, Houston and California. On Monday, he tweeted that he’d be in Florida for the next couple days, saying “This state has some big time athletes all around! Let’s make them Huskers!”
He also tweeted a picture from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and what better place to start looking for “big time athletes” than the five-star factory at IMG? Nebraska landed offensive lineman Broc Bando from there in 2017, and the Huskers are eyeing more this cycle. NU already has one IMG commitment from Brendan Radley-Hiles and are also heavily recruiting Joshua Moore and Houston Griffith, plus 2019 standouts Noah Cain and Cameron Coleman.
After Florida, Langsdorf went up to New York, according to a picture he tweeted, saying he was on the search for offensive linemen and wideouts.
Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh also went down to Florida. He has serious interest in a trio of linemen for 2018 in William Barnes, Richard Gouraige and Nick Petit-Frere. Cavanaugh just wrapped up some evaluations in the Chicago area. One place he stopped was Glenwood High School to check on 2019 target Will Putnam, who visited Nebraska last month.
Wideouts coach Keith Williams also spent time recently in Florida. Now he’ll be in Texas, according to a tweet he posted Tuesday. The Huskers have offered at least 12 wide receivers from Texas between the classes of 2018 and 2019, and that includes Nebraska commit Marquez Beason from Dallas.
Cornerbacks coach Donte Williams put in a lot of work out on the West Coast. He tweeted on Sunday that he made stops in San Diego, Los Angeles, the Bay Area and Seattle. His connections out west — especially in Southern California — are a big reason why Mike Riley hired him and why Elijah Blades ended up in Nebraska’s 2017 class. More “Calibraska” defensive backs are bound to give NU a look now that Williams will have a full recruiting cycle with the Huskers.
Williams then ventured to the other side of the country to evaluate prospects in Georgia. He tweeted a picture Tuesday night with Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant, who played at Washington while Williams was a graduate assistant there.
Running backs coach Reggie Davis tweeted Tuesday that he was in Indianapolis, “Making my rounds in Indy to see a game changing RB with some wheels!” The Huskers haven’t offered any running backs from Indiana yet, but Huskers Illustrated reported that the subject of that tweet is Johnny Adams, a three-star prospect starting to gain more attention from Power Five schools.
Nebraska also had some coaches closer to home. On Monday, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and defensive line coach John Parrella were at Independence (Mo.) Chrisman, the high school of top target Daniel Carson. The Huskers also had coaches at Lee’s Summit West this week, which is home to cornerback recruit Mario Goodrich.
The college football evaluation period continues through the month of May, and the Huskers will continue to visit as many high schools as possible to help bolster the 2018 class and target prospects for 2019 and beyond.
Offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield, Grand Rapids, Mich.: A two-way lineman for his high school, Mayfield had 79 tackles, including 17 for loss and 14.5 sacks, on defense last season. He was also a first-team all-state selection. Colleges are recruiting the 6-foot-5 Mayfield as an offensive tackle, and he’s a four-star prospect on 247Sports and Scout. Mayfield has Big Ten offers from Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue.
Cornerback Jeremiah Criddell (2019), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.: Criddell landed his offer after Donte Williams’ sweep through the West Coast. He’s an early four-star prospect, according to 247Sports and Rivals. Criddell also has offers from Oregon and UCLA. Nebraska also recruited two of his former teammates — 2017 corners Thomas Graham and Jaylon Redd — but both signed with Oregon in February.
Outside linebacker NaNa Osafo-Mensah (2019), Fort Worth, Texas: At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Osafo-Mensah fits the mold of what Nebraska has targeted for outside linebackers in the 3-4 defense. He has almost a dozen scholarship offers, including nearby Power Five schools Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Running back Jase McClellan (2020), Aledo, Texas: Only a handful of recruits in the 2020 class have received Husker offers, and McClellan is one of them. He ran for 20 touchdowns and more than 1,500 yards as a freshman in one of Texas’ biggest classes. Nebraska already has competition for him, though, as McClellan also holds offers from Baylor, Georgia, TCU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oregon and Oklahoma State.
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