You’re going to see plenty of Big Red on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The high school all-star game in San Antonio, Texas, will feature seven recruits announcing their college decisions on national television. Four of those seven have named Nebraska as one of their finalists, meaning a Husker hat will be on the table for each one.
But which recruits will actually put on those hats, and which schools are standing in the Huskers’ way?
Here’s a closer look at the four Husker targets that will make their commitments Saturday:
Ranking (247Sports composite): No. 254 overall, No. 36 wide receiver
Finalists: Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Washington State
Favorite: Nebraska (100 percent 247Sports crystal ball)
Lowdown: The Huskers have long been considered the favorite to land Calvin, and it seems everyone is picking them to get him on Saturday. Calvin made a pair of visits to Nebraska over the last year — an unofficial for the spring game and an official for the season opener. He then took official visits to each of his other finalists (except Alabama) over the next few months.
Calvin is close with Nebraska’s other California commits, Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Tristan Gebbia, and has been a key focus in the “Calibraska” movement. Keith Williams has also recruited him heavily since first offering him back in February, and new assistant Donte Williams has chipped in. Calvin would fit as a slot receiver in the Huskers’ offense.
Ranking: No. 98 overall, No. 14 offensive tackle
Finalists: Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma
Favorite: Michigan (84 percent)
Lowdown: After months of effort, Nebraska made a late push for Filiaga, getting him to Lincoln for an official visit the weekend of Dec. 10. He took his visits to Michigan and Oklahoma in October. Mike Cavanaugh and Tavita Thompson have led Nebraska’s recruitment of Filiaga, making multiple in-home visits with him and his family in late November and early December. Part of Nebraska’s appeal to Filiaga is Cavanaugh’s history coaching Polynesian players. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Filiaga is of Samoan ancestry.
Ranking: No. 12 overall, No. 2 cornerback
Finalists: Nebraska, Ohio State, UCLA and USC
Favorite: Ohio State (45 percent)
Lowdown: Husker fans have long known about Holmes, part of the contingent from Calabasas High School. He took more than a half dozen visits to Nebraska over the last couple years, but the Huskers have faded as a contender for him over recent months. But NU will still be one of his finalists when he announces, saying of those four schools in an interview with Scout: “I'm going to make sure I acknowledge their recruitment of me and it would be disrespectful if I don't put those hats on the table the way they've recruited me.”
Ranking: No. 2 overall, No. 1 offensive tackle
Finalists: Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, USC and Washington
Favorite: Washington (63 percent)
Lowdown: The Nebraska coaches have pursued Sarell for years, dating back to their days at Oregon State. And they’ve made it no secret how badly they want him. Sarell is often the target of the recruiting staff’s veiled tweets about its most wanted recruits. Sarell took official visits to each of his finalists, with the exception of Stanford, though he did take an unofficial there during the season. Whichever school gets him would be landing a future NFL left tackle that could start in college from Day 1.
» Nebraska targets Joseph Lewis and Greg Johnson, who both attend Hawkins High School in Los Angeles and are playing in the Army Bowl, have lined up official visits elsewhere for this month. They’ll both visit Arizona State on Jan. 13 and USC on Jan. 27. The Trojans are the primary competition to Nebraska for both players, who plan to announce on national signing day.
» Cornerback Deommodore Lenoir, another Army All-American, plans to take an official visit to Nebraska the weekend of Jan. 20. The former Oregon commit will visit North Carolina the week prior. Lenoir will announce his commitment on national signing day. Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, USC and UCLA are all still in the running.
» Kamren Curl, a defensive back that visited Nebraska in November, included the Huskers in his top six, which he released on New Year’s Day. Also making the cut were Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU and Texas.
» On Dec. 27, running back Darrian Felix included NU in his top five with Clemson, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee. According to 247Sports, Felix will take an official visit to NU the weekend of Jan. 20.