LINCOLN — If drama is the standard for a good signing day, this one won’t be a thriller for Nebraska.
Recent Husker history has featured theatrics as prospects faced their moments of truth. There were 11 signing-day decisions involving Nebraska in 2017, and a combined 19 last year — the first cycle with an early signing period — including nine in February. Four players went to the wire in December, with 2019 signees Ty Robinson, Jimmy Fritzsche and Brant Banks revealing decisions for NU.
As for Wednesday? Only four players who took official visits to Nebraska are set to begin the day uncommitted.
Wide receiver Demariyon Houston is the most likely to choose NU. The 6-foot, 165-pound three-star would become the 27th addition to the 2019 class. The former Texas commit from Oklahoma City officially visited Lincoln on Jan. 18 and Minnesota in December. He passed on visits to Penn State and Colorado the last two weeks despite interest from both programs.
Houston tweeted Monday night that he will announce his decision Wednesday at 10 a.m., then sign at 3 p.m. Millwood coach Darwin Franklin told The World-Herald that no video stream or elaborate ceremony is planned.
“One thing Demariyon has said to us many times over and over again is he wants to be a better man after football and football is not the only deciding factor for him,” Franklin said. “He wants to make sure he’s around great men to make him a better man later on.”
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A pair of three-star Georgia cornerbacks who visited during the fall will also declare their intentions. Jamel Starks of Decatur tweeted that his finalists are Louisville, North Carolina State and Nebraska. He’ll announce at his high school around 10 a.m. Multiple recruiting websites consider him leaning strongly to Louisville.
Tavian Mayo of Leesburg is down to West Virginia and Iowa State, according to recruiting reports, though the prospect who also visited North Carolina has kept a low profile.
Running back John Bivens of Dayton, Ohio, has also stayed out of the public light, though he expressed clear enthusiasm after his Jan. 18 official visit to Nebraska. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound three-star recruit sat out his senior season recovering from a knee injury and has stayed in regular contact with Husker coaches. The back has kept most of his recruitment private but appears ready to commit should NU give him the go-ahead.
Two other long shots are junior college offensive lineman Desmond Bland and prep linebacker Eugene Asante of Chantilly, Virginia.
Bland committed to NU in June but appears unlikely to sign.
Asante included Nebraska in his top five, but it’s the only finalist he didn’t visit. The brother of former Blackshirt Larry Asante is forecast to pick Virginia Tech, and tweeted that he will announce at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
In December, NU coach Scott Frost said the staff would continue to seek “the best available player that we can get to Lincoln.”
“It doesn’t really matter if it’s a skill player on offense or on the D-line,” he said. “If we can find a guy who can help us move the needle and win games in the Big Ten, we’re going to take him.”
But the misses hurt less considering the Huskers added 25 players before January — only juco running back commit Dedrick Mills has officially signed since — and own a consensus top-21 ranking. In Frost’s transition class last year, the staff signed 12 new players in February after landing 12 in December.
Nebraska hasn’t issued new offers to any 2019 prospects since December and appears content to finish below its target range of 28 or 29 additions. It could turn to the graduate transfer market or pocket the extra scholarships as it continues work on the 2020 cycle.
Photos: Nebraska football's 2019 recruiting class
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