Husker Extra Recruiting ticker: Jan. 14
The Nebraska football staff didn’t waste any time getting back out on the recruiting trail after hosting four official visitors this weekend.
Notably, head coach Scott Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander headed to Alabama, which is shaping up to be an important hub of activity for the Huskers this month.
Frost and Chinander spent the first part of Monday morning at Athens High, the school of 2020 quarterback verbal commitment Logan Smothers, according to Smothers’ dad, Shane, who also happens to be the offensive coordinator at the school.
We enjoyed having @coach_frost & @CoachChinander on campus this morning for a visit. Good luck on finishing strong w/ the 2019 class!!! #GBR 🌽 @HuskerFBNation@AHS_Alabama — Shane Smothers (@CoachSmothers5) January 14, 2019
NU quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco made the trip several times in December and the Husker staff will undoubtedly be back as much as it can be over the next few weeks.
Smothers isn’t the only only reason to be in the area, though. Nebraska just hosted cornerback DJ James (Spanish Fort) and is slated to host pass-rusher Michael Lockhart (Birmingham) this coming weekend.
The Huskers have already had success in Alabama since Frost took over here. NU landed Cam Taylor from Montgomery in February last year and then got Smothers on board this summer.
OLB activity: The Huskers are seemingly leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding pass-rush help. They hosted both juco Soni Fonua (Mesa C.C.) and four-star Steven Parker (Dallas) this past weekend, and are slated to host Lockhart coming up next and then three-star Dylan Jordan (Pittsburg, Kansas) on Jan. 25.
Lockhart was committed to UAB until the early signing period but didn’t sign and re-opened his recruitment. Now, he’s attracting attention from several Power Five schools. He used an official visit to North Carolina this past weekend.
Parker at one point was committed to Texas Tech. Fonua and Jordan came onto the radar screen later than others. Who will actually wind up with NU? That’s anyone’s guess between now and early February.
The Huskers have also been connected to linebacker Eugene Asante, the younger brother of former Husker Larry Asante.
There is not a known visit date set up yet for Asante to use an official to NU, but that could still happen this month. The three-star linebacker from Virginia picked up a scholarship offer from Florida State on Monday and is being heavily pursued by schools around the country.
2020 offers going out: This month will also feature a ton of new 2020 (and beyond) scholarship offers going out. We won’t be able to run them all down here, but will regularly list some of the latest.
It looks like defensive line coach Mike Dawson and the Huskers are working in the Northeast early this week. Four-star running back Kalel Mullings (Boston) announced an offer, as did four-star tackle Zak Zinter (Cambridge, Massachusetts).
I am excited to announce that I have received an offer from @HuskerFBNation. Thank you @coach_frost@coachdawsgbr@SeanDillonNU#Huskers#MiltonAcademyFootball#SupremeAthletepic.twitter.com/ZNfFu8qzjZ — Kalel Mullings (@kalelmullings) January 14, 2019
Grateful to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Nebraska! Thanks Coach @coach_frost@coachdawsgbr@GregAustin2717@SeanDillonNU@HuskerFBNation@Coach_Willey_FB@MissionAE@JulesHindmanpic.twitter.com/ukHlr42rff — Zak Zinter (@zak_zinter) January 14, 2019
NU’s already been working on the 2020 class for some time, but the coming weeks combined with the first of several junior days on Feb. 2 will kick the action into high gear.