Turner Corcoran will leave home early Saturday morning and make the three-hour drive north to Lincoln. Ideally the roads will be empty and clear.
This is a trip the standout from Lawrence (Kan.) Free State has made a few times already. Once last May, another time for a Friday Night Lights camp. The consensus four-star offensive tackle also attended three Nebraska football games.
The main goal this weekend at Nebraska’s junior day isn’t all that different from those other stops. Get to know the coaches and program better.
“I just think it’s another chance to build that relationship with Coach (Greg) Austin, Coach (Ryan) Held and Coach (Scott) Frost more than getting to see the facilities,” Corcoran told The World-Herald. “Just building relationships with those guys a little bit more and seeing how well we fit together.”
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Corcoran, a top priority for Nebraska’s 2020 class, will join other prospects in getting acquainted with the coaches and program Saturday. The schedule includes a strength meeting with coach Zach Duval, an academic presentation, time with Frost, breakouts by position groups, a facility tour and photo shoots where players can try on uniforms.
Such opportunities are valuable for the lineman, who has offers from Oklahoma, Clemson and Auburn, among others. He also plans to learn more about schools who made offseason coaching changes — Ohio State, Kansas and Kansas State in particular — before committing somewhere in the summer or fall.
“Nebraska has treated me with respect,” Corcoran said. “They obviously want me there and want me to be a Husker. They’re down-to-earth people and that’s great. I really like down-to-earth people. We’ve built a solid relationship and that’s all you can do is keep building that relationship.”
Plenty of other prospects will be in Lincoln on Saturday as confirmed by The World-Herald and through social media and recruiting reports. Among the notables:
» The weekend offers a major opportunity for Nebraska to gain a foothold in the talent-rich St. Louis area. At least 10 players from there who already hold offers from the Huskers are set to attend.
Trinity Catholic will bring three high-profile 2020 recruits in composite four-star athlete Teriyon “Mookie” Cooper, four-star running back Reggie Love and three-star offensive lineman Jalen St. John. Lutheran North will send three-star outside linebacker Antonio Doyle. Two East St. Louis standouts coming are four-star safety Antonio Johnson and three-star receiver Lawaun Powell.
Three top players from future classes are arriving from Lutheran of St. Charles County. Defensive linemen Travion Ford, who already has top offers nationally, and Gabriel Rubio are 2021 prospects, and athlete Arlen Harris is a burgeoning 2022 recruit. All own Nebraska offers.
» In-state target Xavier Watts of Omaha Burke will not attend the event. The three-star receiver who added a Notre Dame offer last week told The World-Herald his change of plans had “something to do with NCAA rules” and he will come later in the spring. He has a basketball game Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and NU coaches can’t communicate with him that day until the contest ends.
Another in-state player with an offer, Bellevue West wideout Zavier Betts, is set to be in Lincoln. Three-star Kearney running back Miko Maessner, who does not have an NU offer, also will be there.
» Two other players of note won’t be in Lincoln this weekend. One is Nebraska’s lone 2020 commit, quarterback Logan Smothers, who is competing in the 60- and 400-meter dashes at the Alabama state indoor track meet. The other is four-star defensive lineman Nash Hutmacher of Chamberlain, South Dakota, who has a wrestling meet.
» At least three other confirmed 2020 three-star visitors with Husker offers are coming. Two are running back Deondre Jackson of Lithonia, Georgia, and offensive lineman Jeffrey Persi of San Juan Capistrano, California. Offensive lineman Josh Volk became the third late Thursday when the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Xavier standout announced his NU offer, joining ones from Iowa and Iowa State.
» Among other confirmed or likely guests who hold Power Five offers — just not yet from Nebraska — include athlete Ky Thomas (Topeka, Kansas), defensive end Nate Matlack (Olathe, Kansas) and Kansas City (Mo.) Raytown teammates in receiver D’Vontae Key and cornerback Dontae Manning.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story referenced a report that stated 2019 target Eugene Asante would take an official visit to Nebraska this weekend. A separate report has since been released saying Asante will not make that visit.