Nebraska coach Scott Frost visiting recruits at metro Omaha schools

Nebraska has already offered scholarships to a handful of players in the metro area.

Friday meant another day for college football coaches to visit metro-area schools and discuss recruits.

That included new Nebraska coach Scott Frost, who visited Bellevue West, Omaha North, Omaha Burke, Omaha Skutt and Elkhorn South on Friday. Assistants from Purdue and SEC champion Georgia were also in the area.

Omaha Burke boasts two of the state’s top 2019 prospects in linebacker Nick Henrich and tight end Chris Hickman. Coaches from Nebraska, Georgia and Purdue visited the school Friday to meet with coach Paul Limongi.

In addition to Henrich and Hickman, sophomore Xavier Watts holds an offer from South Dakota State. Earlier in the week, coaches from Vanderbilt, Wyoming and Penn State were at Burke.

“Word spread pretty quickly that Coach Frost was coming today,” Limongi said. “When he arrived it was like the second coming of Woody Hayes. Our secretaries went pretty crazy, but he received a warm welcome. The school was very welcoming to him and his staff, and the visit went well.”

Bellevue West has two of the state’s top 2020 prospects in wide receiver Zavier Betts and running back Jeyvon Ducker. Nebraska has offered Betts along with Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and South Dakota State. Ducker holds an offer from South Dakota State as well.

The T-Birds hosted Purdue and Nebraska on Friday. Wyoming, Iowa Western and North Dakota visited Bellevue West on Thursday, while Minnesota and North Dakota State came Wednesday.

Junior quarterback Max Duggan had Ohio State coach Urban Meyer at Lewis Central on Thursday; assistants from North Carolina and Iowa also visited. Assistants from Georgia and North Carolina and Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco were expected to visit on Friday.

Omaha North expected a stop from Frost and assistant Barrett Ruud on Friday. Purdue is sending an assistant to North as well.

Running back prospects Milton Sargbah and junior Zander Gray are among the major prospects from the Vikings. Earlier this week Sargbah said he is hoping for an offer from Nebraska but plans to attend Iowa Western if that offer does not come. Mekhi Butler — a 6-foot-4, 295-pound junior offensive lineman — is also a top prospect for North with an offer from South Dakota State.

FCS champion North Dakota State, North Dakota and South Dakota State stopped by North earlier this week.

Frost and Ruud also made stops Friday at Omaha Skutt and Elkhorn South. Ruud has visited those schools recently, but Friday was Frost’s first. Omaha Skutt coach Matt Turman said Frost was the first Nebraska coach to visit the school since he arrived in 2002.

Elkhorn South coach Guy Rosenberg said “there was some extra buzz and excitement” at his school Friday.

“It meant a lot that (Frost) was here at Elkhorn South,” Rosenberg said. “He is a man of high integrity and a humble coach. It was great to have him here.”

Frost also stopped at Lincoln North Star.

A top prospect there is multi-sport athlete Luke Reimer. He made multiple unofficial visits to Nebraska during the season and an unofficial visit to Kansas State for the Oklahoma game in October. Coaches from Purdue attended the Lincoln North Star-Millard South basketball game Friday night.

Coaches from Minnesota, North Dakota State and Wyoming made a trip to Papillion-La Vista South this week as well.

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