Signing Day live updates: DL Brant Banks picks Huskers, OLB Summerall to Florida
Happy holidays and happy Signing Day. Twenty-one players are known to be set to sign with Nebraska on Wednesday, and that number could grow before lunch.
We’ll have you covered with all the latest updates as National Letters of Intent roll in, players make their decisions later in the morning and then Husker coach Scott Frost talks about the class late this afternoon.
The big board
Click here to check on NU’s target board, which will update with every signing.
Nebraska’s signing day targets
Approx. 10 a.m.: Four-star LB Lloyd Summerall (Lakeland, Florida)
10:30 a.m.: Three-star DL Brant Banks (Houston) -- Nebraska (see below)
11 a.m.: Three-star OL Jimmy Fritzsche (Greenville, South Carolina)
12:45 p.m.: Four-star DL Ty Robinson (Gilbert, Arizona)
Signing Day Primer: Expectations, announcements, and what Husker fans should watch for
One of the things we’ll have here this morning is a running list of all the players who have signed their National Letters of Intent. You can also track this on Husker Extra’s board throughout the morning.
The expectation is that 21 of NU’s 22 verbal commits -- everybody except Desmond Bland -- will sign in this period. Then factor in the guys who are making decisions today, and that number could get to 24 or 25 by the end of the day.
Houston DL Banks picks Huskers: Nebraska picked up its first Signing Day commit shortly after 10:30 a.m. when Houston defensive lineman Brant Banks picked Nebraska over Baylor and others.
Banks, listed at 6-foot-8 and 285 pounds, was on campus twice during the regular season and has been a longtime target for Erik Chinander, Mike Dawson and company.
“It wasn’t the flashy locker rooms or the cool weight rooms,” Banks told the local ABC affiliate in Houston after announcing his decision. “It was the people there.”
Robinson makes it official: Husker fans and coaches have known for a couple of weeks, but now it’s official. Wandale Robinson is signed, sealed and delivered for Nebraska.
The dynamic all-purpose back signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning.
In a video produced by NU, offensive coordinator Troy Walters said of Robinson, “He plays with passion, excitement. Every time you’re around him, he’s got a smile on his face.”
“He’ll be here in January. We look forward to getting him in here, working with (strength coach Zach) Duval, learning the offense so that he has a chance to make explosive plays next season.”
Robinson will also be in the mix for return duties.
“He has to. He has to come in and have the opportunity to return punts and kicks and he wants to. He’s a young man that loves football and loves to be on the field.”
McCaffrey going to be, ‘a damn good one’: Mario Verduzco’s heard the speculation that Luke McCafffrey could play another position if he doesn’t stick as a quarterback.
There’s no discussion in his mind: McCaffrey is a quarterback all the way, “and he’s going to be a damn good one,” he said in a video this morning.
Huskers miss on Summerall: It was always a long shot. The Huskers took their entire coaching staff to Lakeland High in Florida last week, in part because it’s a football powerhouse but primarily to see four-star outside linebacker Lloyd Summerall.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder, though, signed with Florida on Wednesday morning, announcing his decision on ESPN2.
Summerall visited NU for the Michigan State game in November and had interest, but felt too strong a pull to stay at home.
NU will almost certainly be on the lookout for help on the edge between now and February.