Nebraska recruiting: Big weekend as Huskers host several prospects for official visits

S tay updated with Nebraska Cornhuskers football recruiting in the latest edition of The Harvest, which posts at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Be sure to check out previous editions of  The Harvest here.

Recruiting weekend has potential to be big for 2018 class

The inaugural early signing period has already impacted the way recruits, programs and coaches conduct business around the holidays. While this time of year was always busy on the recruiting front, the stakes are simply so much higher this time around. A sizable percentage of prospects will sign their letters of intent sometime next week.

That’s why the official visits since the end of the regular season are essential in the recruiting game. The new Nebraska coaching staff aced the first recruiting weekend they held in Lincoln. Of six official visitors last weekend, four have committed. The bar is quite high for Nebraska to succeed again this weekend, as 10 official visitors will be on campus.

There currently are 11 commits in the 2018 class, and at least five plan to sign next week. If Nebraska can remotely mirror the success it had on Weekend 1 during Weekend 2, it will be another tremendous success. But what the staff would love to accomplish even more than securing some commitments is to convince those who commit to sign on the dotted line by the end of next week. That way, they can establish a solid foundation for the class.

With that, let’s take a look at who is visiting Nebraska this weekend.

List of official visitors

DE Tate Wildeman, 4 stars, Parker, Colo. (Legend) 

Wildeman is a 4-star Nebraska commit and is solid with the Huskers. He’s been a Nebraska pledge since April, but the coaching change made things a little dicey. Schools such as Notre Dame, Washington State and Colorado State entered the picture. But all signs point to the idea that Wildeman is sold on the new staff and is ready to play for Nebraska. The staff would like him to sign next week, and this weekend will be key in convincing him to do so.

It won’t be the first time Wildeman has been on campus this semester — he visited unofficially for the Wisconsin game in October. He is the No. 18 weak-side defensive end in the class. Reports indicate that Wildeman will visit Notre Dame in January. He is a recruit the Huskers cannot afford to lose.

DE Daniel Carson, 3 stars, Independence, Mo. (William Chrisman) 

After things cooled off between Carson and the former staff, Scott Frost and his staff made sure Carson knew he would be a priority target. The trio of Frost, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive line coach Mike Dawson paid Carson an in-home visit Monday night, when he locked in the official visit for this weekend. Carson has already officially visited Texas and Miami. He’s expected to take his two remaining visits in January before making a decision. But a strong impression definitely won’t hurt Nebraska. Carson is the No. 22 strong-side defensive end in the class and can play in a down-lineman’s role in a 3-4 defense.

DE Jordan Allen, 3 stars, Fairfield, Calif. (City College of San Francisco) 

Coming off an official visit to Michigan State, Allen is another pass-rushing prospect who will be on campus this weekend. He “loved” his official visit with the Spartans and will be signing during the early signing period. Arizona State coach Herm Edwards visited the No. 24 JUCO prospect and No. 2 defensive end in the class. Allen could step into the Huskers defense almost immediately, since he would be on campus this spring.

LB Will Honas, 3 stars, El Dorado, Kan. (Butler Community College)

There are plenty of suitors for Honas, who is the No. 1 inside linebacker in the JUCO ranks in this class. Kansas State and Iowa are in the lead right now. But the Huskers have a chance to flip the script this weekend and benefit from recency bias. The staff has to convince Honas that he can thrive in a 3-4 scheme. He is 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and could contribute if he bulks up.

S Cam’Ron Jones, 4 stars, Mansfield, Texas 

Nebraska has made the safety position a priority since the new staff took over. C.J. Smith became the first commit of the Frost era after his official visit last weekend. The Huskers are hoping for the same with Jones. The No. 25 safety in the class is a former UCLA commit, but it seems as if the Bruins are now out of the running. Frost, Chinander and running backs coach Ryan Held had an in-school visit with Jones this week. Jones was also a successful return man in high school. If Jones gets on board, he and Smith have the potential to be a pair of safeties who can cover nearly every inch of the field.

Unfortunately, it seems that Jones is having a difficult travel day.

TE Katerian LeGrone, 3 stars, Atlanta (Best Academy) 

LeGrone is still committed to UCF, but he, along with Nebraska commit Justin McGriff, were the first two Knights commits the staff offered when they transitioned to the Nebraska job. Like McGriff, LeGrone can be a tight end-wide receiver combo. He is 6-3, 230 pounds. The chances of the Huskers flipping LeGrone should be considered high. He is the No. 64 tight end in the class.

ATH Marcus Riley, 3 stars, Tallahassee, Fla. (James Rickards) 

Riley is committed to Louisville and took his official visit to the school last weekend. The No. 20 athlete in the country may be doing his due diligence before signing a letter of intent, but the Huskers must believe they have a chance of flipping him, although it seems unlikely. Everything moved quickly between Riley and the Huskers, considering they just offered him this week. Riley is another prospect the staff is familiar with from recruiting at UCF.

RB Javian Hawkins, 3 stars, Titusville, Fla. (Cocoa)

There must be something the staff likes about Louisville commits. Hawkins is also pledged to the Cardinals, completing his official visit there last weekend as well. Hawkins is exactly the type of versatile back the Nebraska staff seeks to use in their offense. On social media, Hawkins has appeared to be excited about the Huskers’ interest in him. He’s one to watch as the weekend concludes.

TE Messiah Swinson, 3 stars, Glen Head, N.Y. (Long Island Lutheran) 

With only Cameron Jurgens committed at the tight end (H-back) spot, Frost would love to add another piece there. But it doesn’t mean Swinson would play there because the staff sees him as an athlete with the possibility of playing defensive end or tight end. Swinson told Land of 10 his final three schools are Nebraska, Missouri and Arizona State. Chinander and Dawson visited Swinson last week. If things go well, he is considering signing next week.

WR Dominick Watt, 3 stars, Hollywood, Fla. (Miramar) 

Watt is the No. 64 receiver in the class and is another prospect the staff has targeted as a result of their Florida ties. Cincinnati, Louisville and Kentucky are considered Watt’s top contenders.

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