Recruiting: Reviewing three dozen offers Nebraska has extended over last two weeks

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03/11/17 12:26:24AM
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The Nebraska coaches have once again been very active when it comes to offering new recruits.

The Huskers aren’t quite on the same pace as last year — when they extended more than 100 new offers in February and March — but we’ve still seen a lot of new prospects appear on NU’s radar. Nebraska has offered at least 36 recruits over the last two weeks, including 28 members of the 2018 class.

The list includes recruits from both coasts and some in the South, with an especially large chunk coming from Texas and the Dallas area. There are also a handful of new targets from within the 500-mile radius.

One of those is defensive end Ronnie Perkins, who comes from Lutheran High School North in St. Louis. He’s now the eighth recruit from Missouri to receive an offer from the Huskers in this class and is one of the state’s best. The 247Sports composite ranks him No. 4 in Missouri, and he’s seen a big surge in his recruitment with recent offers coming from Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame and Penn State, among others.

Also on the defensive line, John Parrella extended offers to Draco Bynum (Wilsonville, Ore.) and Tyler Friday (Ramsey, N.J.). Bynum is primarily being recruited by Pac 12 schools with offers from Oregon, UCLA and USC, among others. Friday is a consensus four-star recruit ranked as the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle by the 247Sports composite. Thomas Booker (Baltimore) could also be included in this group. Most services peg him as either a defensive end or tight end on the next level.

Probably the biggest position of emphasis over the last two weeks has been safety after NU didn’t land one in the 2017 class. The Huskers offered recently at least seven recruits that project to that position, including five from the state of Texas: Jordan Moore, Leon O’Neal, DeMarvion Overshown, Delarrin Turner-Yell and Atanza Vongor.

Moore has been committed to Texas A&M since December, and his brother — Joshua Moore — is also a Husker target. O’Neal is a consensus four-star recruit ranked No. 13 nationally at his position by the 247Sports composite. Overshown — 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds — had more than 150 tackles as a junior. Turner-Yell is starting to blossom as a recruit — only receiving his first scholarship offer on Jan. 30 — and NU was his seventh offer. Vongor plans to announce his commitment this weekend with three finalists all from the state of Texas.

Other safeties to be offered recently include Amari Burney (Clearwater, Fla.) and Jevon Holland (Oakland, Calif.). Burney is a consensus four-star recruit that recently ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash at 215 pounds at an Opening Regional. Holland is a versatile athlete from California that received his NU offer on Tuesday.

Keith Williams remains one of the most active Husker assistants when it comes to extending offers, with at least six new wide receivers targeted over the last couple weeks.

CJ Moore (Tulsa, Okla.) is one from within the 500-mile radius, a consensus four-star recruit with nearly 20 offers, but not one from the homestate Sooners. Bralen Taylor (Cuero, Texas) is an intriguing target at 6-foot-8. He’s ranked as a tight end by most services, but the Huskers appear interested in him as a wide receiver. He included NU in his top six after picking up that offer.

Other recent wide receiver offers include: Jaquayln Crawford (Rockdale, Texas), Malik Heath (Jackson, Miss.), Kobe Smith (Gardena, Calif.) and Blake Veargis (Miami Gardens, Fla.).

Crawford, at 5-foot-10, had 14 touchdown receptions as a junior, three return touchdowns and also picked off a pair of passes playing defensive back. Heath is a consensus four-star prospect who’s been committed to Mississippi State for nearly a year. Smith comes from the Los Angeles area and has an offer from USC. Veargis reported his NU offer on Tuesday and is currently unranked by the major services.

Nebraska also recently offered Devon Williams, a versatile athlete from Lancaster, California, that could play either wide receiver or defensive back on the next level.

Sticking on the offensive side of the ball, Reggie Davis recently offered at least three running backs: Iverson Clement (Mount Holly, N.J.), Mychale Salahuddin (Washington, D.C.) and Christian Turner (Buford, Ga.). All three are heavily recruited and have at least 18 scholarship offers to their name.


Along the offensive line, Mike Cavanaugh has offered three high school prospects within the last couple weeks. Chris Bleich (Plymouth, Pa.) briefly played at the IMG Academy with current Husker Broc Bando but has been committed to Penn State since April 2016. William Barnes (Apopka, Fla.) is ranked as the nation’s No. 8 offensive tackle by the 247Sports composite. Trey Stratford (Allen, Texas) holds offers from Power Five in-state schools Baylor, TCU and Texas.

Nebraska also offered a pair of junior college offensive linemen in Malik Besseck and Badara Traore, who both play at ASA College in Brooklyn, New York. Besseck is originally from Minnesota and signed with Georgia State in high school before going the JUCO route. Traore played his high school football in Massachusetts.

Rounding out the recent offers made in the 2018 class are linebacker Salua Masina (Cottonwood Heights, Utah) and kicker Evan McPherson (Fort Payne, Ala.). Masina is the nation’s No. 9 outside linebacker, according to the 247Sports composite, and experts rank McPherson as the nation’s best kicker.

There were also several offers made to members of the 2019 class. Those included: WR Marquez Beason (Dallas) — a teammate of Husker signee Damion Daniels — RB Joseph Ossai (Charlotte, N.C.), WR Jalen Curry (Stafford, Texas), Oklahoma WR commit Arjei Henderson (Richmond, Texas), OT Will Putnam (Chatham, Ill.), TE Austin Stogner (Plano, Texas), OT Darnell Wright (Huntington, W.V.) and Aaron Young (Coatesville, Pa.). http://www.omaha.com/huskers/football/recruiting/recruiting-reviewing-three-dozen-offers-nebraska-has-extended-over-last/article_cd6e0772-0372-11e7-af57-0febe168a317.html