When a prospect decides to play college football somewhere, there are two types of consequences.
The direct consequences are stark: One school gets him, others miss out. But the indirect consequences, especially now with social media, are becoming more prevalent as top recruits all over the country have a 24/7 network to keep in contact with each other.
Such is the case with recent Florida State commit Houston Griffith, a 4-star cornerback from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), someone who was on the Cornhuskers’ radar early on in his recruitment process. So what’s the catch? Why should Nebraska fans care more about this particular commit?
In the spirit of the larger theme I alluded to earlier, Griffith is now in a position to lure other prospects to Tallahassee. Granted, some recruits don’t always employ full-court presses on their peers, but Griffith is taking action.
ACC DieHards FSU writer Sanjay Kirpalani wrote earlier Tuesday that “Griffith has already turned into a recruiter for the Seminoles.” More importantly, pay attention to the first name mentioned in the following quote.
“I’m targeting [4-star receiver and current Nebraska commit] Josh Moore, [4-star receiver] Jaylen Waddle and [4-star defensive tackle Bobby] Tre Brown. I just told Jaylen and Tre that things aren’t going well right now, but you can’t win every game. It’s just a lesson they are learning right now and next year they will be ready to go. We are just really excited for the future.”
The Cornhuskers also held a high interest in Griffith, who visited unofficially on March 12, 2016. The coaching staff offered the same day. It was his seventh offer at the time. Although the Cornhuskers became involved in his process relatively early, it became pretty clear he would not be following his teammate Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles to Lincoln.
Moore, who currently plays for Yoakum (Texas), was a teammate of Griffith’s at IMG last year. Once again, it seems like Griffith will attempt to use that IMG connection to convince Moore to flip to Florida State.
Why would Griffith specifically target Moore over his other talented IMG classmates? Well, if we’re assessing the whole picture and being totally honest, Nebraska currently isn’t the most stable situation. When Moore committed on June 18 of this year, things didn’t seem as dire as they currently do at Nebraska. Since then, former athletic director Sean Eichorst was fired. With a new boss eventually overseeing Mike Riley, coupled with fan unrest and subpar results on the field, Riley most likely will find himself on the hot seat.
But if recent memory impacts Moore’s decision, he also will have to look at the flip side, as the Seminoles, like the Cornhuskers, already have three losses on the season. Moore visited Lincoln, along with the vast majority of Nebraska’s 2018 Class, for the Wisconsin game on Oct. 7. So far, Moore hasn’t given Nebraska fans any indication to think he would de-commit, but it’s something to keep an eye on as Griffith begins recruiting on his own.
While we’re on the topic of Moore, check out this punt return he had on Friday.
Punt Return #5….. pic.twitter.com/z2Aq4K3dvy
— KING (@_TheJoshuaMoore) October 7, 2017
Obviously, it’s still too early to know if Moore will return punts for the Cornhuskers, but judging by his tape, he’ll deserve at least a shot once he starts seeing the field.
Bookie Radley-Hiles opens up about big weekend
Land of 10’s Erin Sorensen, your favorite Nebraska beat writer, does an awesome job with the first person, weekly diary of Radley-Hiles. This week, he recounted his visit that brought him to town along with nine other 2018 commits.
Some highlights from the piece include Radley-Hiles seeing his cousin, Tyjon Lindsey, secure the lead block downfield on Stanley Morgan Jr.’s 80-yard touchdown.
This visit clearly made him feel at home.
“Being my fifth or sixth visit to Nebraska, the Huskers have really become a part of me now,” he tells Sorensen. “This is who I am. It’s like I’ve already been on the roster in a way. It’s a big family. That’s just what it is.”
Here’s another line, which also delves into the identity and character of the program:
“When it comes to the game itself, the outcome just shows how Nebraska — its coaches and its players — treat a loss. It shows your true character. Everyone is judged on how they get back up because everyone is going to fall, so it’s about how you get back up at the end of the day.”
Nebraska makes top 6 for 2019 prospects
Bishop Dunne (Dallas) teammates Marquez Beason and Brian Williams both still have Nebraska on their radar, as they whittled down their lists to six apiece. The duo announced the news on Twitter within days of each other during late September.
Beason, a 4-star cornerback and wide receiver, also has Arkansas, Texas, Washington, Illinois and Oklahoma as his finalists. According to the 247Sports composite, Beason is the No. 8 athlete in the nation and the No. 103 overall prospect in the Class of 2019.
Williams, a 5-star safety, has a similar top 6, which includes Stanford, Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.