LINCOLN — The first official visit weekend of the Scott Frost era was full of variety.
Frost’s first commit as Husker coach in Florida four-star safety C.J. Smith. Frost’s second commit — and first junior college pledge since 2014 — in Arizona Western wideout Jaron Woodyard. The decommitment of receiver Joshua Moore, previously the highest-rated recruit in NU’s class.
And, for the most important prospect on campus over the weekend, a good enough trip that the Huskers are in his final two.
That’d be quarterback Adrian Martinez, the Under Armour All-American who was impressed with Nebraska’s facilities, coaches and new College of Business building.
“They’re going to get back under Coach Frost,” said Martinez, a consensus four-star who remains ESPN’s No. 56 player despite missing his entire senior season at Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West with a torn labrum. “It was great to see it and get to know the coaching staff.”
Martinez is committed to Tennessee, which just hired Jeremy Pruitt as its coach. He’ll get a visit from UT’s new offensive coordinator Monday. After that, Martinez said, he’ll make a decision between the two schools “within the week.”
Smith pulled the trigger for Nebraska. A 6-foot-3, 190-pound defensive back/receiver for Oxbridge Academy — a private school in West Palm Beach, Florida, that lost the Class 3A state title Saturday — Smith had offers from Florida and Oklahoma, among others. He’d also taken a visit to Central Florida, Frost’s former school.
He announced his decision via Twitter on Sunday evening, and is Nebraska’s lone defensive back in the 2018 recruiting class.
Previously, the Huskers had DBs Brendan Radley-Hiles and Chase Williams, but both decommited as the 2017 season unraveled. NU then also lost its pledge from cornerback Mario Goodrich the weekend that Frost was hired.
Smith, a four-star according to ESPN, 247 Sports Composite and Rivals, played on an Oxbridge defense that had five shutouts this year. Current Husker linebacker Willie Hampton played three seasons at Oxbridge before transferring for his senior year.
“It’s going to be lit playing with my bro again,” Hampton tweeted.
Judging by their reactions on Twitter, Nebraska coaches were particularly excited about of speed of Woodyard, the 5-11, 175-pound three-star who can play two seasons at NU. Woodyard is the nation’s No. 47 overall juco commit, according to 247 Sports composite service. In high school, according to several track and field websites, Woodyard ran a 10.68 100-meter dash, a 21.50-second 200 and won a Maryland indoor state title in the 300 meters in 35.14. He caught 36 passes for 522 yards this season at Arizona Western after catching two passes in 2016.
Woodyard is NU’s second wideout commit in the class — for now.
It doesn’t appear Nebraska will get the services of Moore, the Yoakum, Texas, star who committed to NU over the summer. Moore, a consensus top-100 prospect, penned a lengthy note on Twitter announcing his decommitment. Moore thanked Frost for honoring the scholarship offer extended under former coach Mike Riley and described the decision as the “most difficult and stressful thing I’ve ever had to do thus far in my young life.”
The Huskers’ other receiver commit, St. Louis Christian Brothers College’s Cameron Brown, took an official visit this weekend to Ohio State. OSU is the school Brown considered over the summer when he briefly decommitted from NU.
Who might throw to these receivers?
Apparently not Garden City (Kan.) Community College quarterback Terry Wilson, who committed to Kentucky on Sunday. NU had shown interest in Wilson — who’d originally committed in 2015 to Frost at Oregon — but pushed back his official visit until after he went to UK, a sign that Nebraska wanted to focus its efforts on Martinez.
While Frost ostensibly has three scholarship quarterbacks — Tanner Lee, Tristan Gebbia and Patrick O’Brien — on his 2018 roster, none are perfect fits for the spread-option offense, and Lee could declare for the NFL draft. That means Martinez, who passed for 2,562 yards and rushed for 1,462 as a junior, could get an early look at NU. Martinez’s interest in Nebraska tied back to new Husker quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco, who built a relationship with Martinez at UCF.
“He’s a fiery guy about the QB position,” Martinez said. “He cares about me, and he’s shown it with his actions.”