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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17. Grant Matthies, TE, Omaha Creighton Prep
Evaluation: Matthies’ best attribute is his pass-catching ability. He is a big guy with soft hands that can play out wide or as an inline blocking tight end. He can also play as a hybrid tight end or H-back.
16. Kanon Koster, QB, Kearney
Evaluation: Koster one of the state’s best all-around athletes and boasts a 33-inch vertical jump, 260-pound max bench press and 295-pound hang clean. He is a big, strong, athletic quarterback that is extremely smart. He is a true dual-threat quarterback that is a standout on the basketball court as well.
15. Matt Masker, QB, Kearney Catholic
Evaluation: Masker is a big, strong pocket passer. He can make all the throws and has a quick release that averages 2.8 seconds on short to medium passes.
14. Brody Belt, RB, Millard West
Evaluation: Belt is a tough runner with breakaway speed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He is versatile in the passing game and will line up in the slot at times.
13. Chris Cassidy, LB, Lincoln Pius X
Evaluation: A disciplined, prototypical inside linebacker that can plug and fill rushing lanes and is good in tight spaces. Cassidy can bench press 395 pounds and squat 515 pounds.
12. Jake Archer, LB, Omaha Skutt
Evaluation: A great tackler with a nose for the football. Archer has a gift for finding the ball and doesn’t get lost in traffic. He has great lateral quickness and is not afraid to take on blockers.
11. Zion Perry, WR, Lincoln High
Evaluation: Perry is a threat to take every catch for a touchdown. He has great hands and runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and 10.8-second 100-meter dash.
10. AJ Forbes, OL, Bellevue West
Evaluation: Forbes' versatility earns him the top spot at his position. Forbes can play all five positions on the offensive line and is one of the top defensive linemen in the state as well. The strength is there, too, with a 330-pound bench press, 450-pound squat and 550-pound deadlift.
Evaluation: Otte is as versatile as they come. He plays multiple positions for York, but with his natural leadership, Otte is a perfect safety. He has great instincts and is a sure tackler.
8. Ti'jaih Davis, DB, Boys Town
Evaluation: Davis is a rangy defensive back with natural ball instincts. He isn’t afraid to take on blockers and doesn’t miss many tackles in the open field.
7. Bryce Stai, TE, Norris
Evaluation: Stai is big, strong and tough as nails. He is a force as a blocker and a better-than-average pass catcher. He has a high motor and will lower his pad level to run through would-be tacklers in the open field.
6. Milton Sargbah, RB, Omaha North
Evaluation: Sargbah is elusive and lethal in open space. He is one of the fastest players in the state with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. Sargbah can make people miss in tight spaces and isn’t afraid to run through would-be tacklers.
5. Moses Bryant, ATH, Elkhorn South
Evaluation: Bryant can — and will — play multiple positions. He is elusive, explosive with the ball in his hands and a dangerous kick returner. He can turn and run with almost anyone and has great ball skills.
4. Zach Schlager, LB, McCook
Evaluation: It's hard to find a better all-around football player than Schlager. He has a tremendous motor and is a natural leader. Schlager makes plays all over the field and is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker.
3. Masry Mapieu, DL, York
Evaluation: Mapieu is the perfect fit at nose tackle. He is big, strong and almost immovable. He may not make a ton of tackles or get a bundle of sacks, but he does open things up for his teammates to make plays.
2. Bryson Williams, DL, Lincoln Southeast
Evaluation: Williams is quick off the snap and strong enough to fight off double teams and get to the quarterback. His measurables are off the charts — a 4.85-second 40-yard dash, 30.5-inch vertical, 355-pound bench press and a 525-pound squat.
1. Cameron Jurgens, TE, Beatrice
Evaluation: Just look at the measurables, and that tells you all you need to know about Jurgens. At his size, he has a 4.98-second 40-yard dash, 32.2-inch vertical jump and a shuttle of 4.74 seconds. Then, turn on the film and you can see that he is the real deal. He can virtually do anything he wants at tight end and linebacker.