Nebraska recruiting: Huskers offer top-ranked linebacker Nakobe Dean

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Nation’s top inside linebacker picks up Nebraska offer

Nebraska will be in the running for 5-star outside linebacker Owen Pappoe as the 2019 recruiting class takes shape. The Huskers also are looking at another 5-star linebacker: Nakobe Dean.

Dean is the No. 1 inside linebacker in his class and the No. 22 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. His recruitment is in full swing, as he’s taken recent unofficial visits to Auburn, Alabama and Ole Miss. Right now, the picks on Dean’s 247Sports Crystal Ball are almost evenly spread between Ole Miss (slight favorite), Alabama and LSU. Florida and Mississippi State also are involved with Dean, who insists that his recruitment is wide open.

The Horn Lake, Miss., native holds 19 offers. Dean told Land of 10 he does not know much about Nebraska. Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud extended the offer and the two had a productive conversation.

“[He] really seemed like he knew what he was talking about and actually meant it,” Dean said.

“I’m just happy that they are giving me an opportunity to play the game I love at the next level,” added Dean, who is 6-foot and 215 pounds.

Dean was not the only top-ranked linebacker to receive a Nebraska offer Thursday. Lakia Henry, the No. 1 JUCO linebacker and a 4-star recruit, according to 247Sports, picked up an offer from the Huskers. He attends Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. During his first season at Dodge City, Henry recorded 110 tackles, 13 for loss, and 2 1/2 sacks.

The Huskers have had success recruiting JUCO players in Kansas. Will Honas, a 2018 signee, attended Garden City Community College and was the No. 1 JUCO inside linebacker in his class.

Henry, originally from Vidalia, Ga., picked up offers from Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M this week.

Troy Walters comments on receivers in 2018 class

Nebraska’s assistant coaches participated in a question-and-answer session with fans at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln the night of Signing Day.

Throughout the next few weeks, we’ll break down the coaches’ responses by position group. First up is offensive coordinator and receivers coach Troy Walters, who talked about the incoming wideouts. Here’s some of the highlights.

3-star receiver Justin McGriff

“In this offense, we’re always looking for mismatches,” Walters said. “He’s a guy with great size, length, athleticism. We can line him up inside, outside. He’s going to have a frame to put on some weight. So he’ll be an athletic tight end, athlete who we can move around, create some mismatches against opposing defenses.”

3-star junior college transfer Mike Williams

“Mike reminds me of myself,” Walters said. “Undersized, has great work ethic, runs great routes, can catch the ball. We’re going to utilize him in the slot.”

The hope is that Williams will create mismatches against linebackers and safeties. Walters also said Williams has done a great job in the weight room and already has added 8-10 pounds of muscle.

3-star receiver Jaron Woodyard

“Speed kills. He’s a guy that can flat-out run. We’re going to stretch the secondary with him. He can take the top off a defense.”

Walters also cleared up what kept Woodyard from arriving on campus in January.

“We’re looking forward to getting him. He’s going to take care of some things academically.”

3-star receiver Dominick Watt

Walters detailed how Watt attended a camp at UCF, where he impressed. Watt is big, physical and has strong hands, according to Walters. He reminds Walters of Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

“He’s already mature enough physically, and we’re looking forward to getting him here and allowing him to get to work.”

3-star athlete Miles Jones

“Very versatile. We’re going to create mismatches. He might line up in the backfield one day, and the next play he might play receiver. We had a similar kid at UCF named Otis Anderson, and he caused nightmares for opposing defenses.

“[Jones] can do it all. And that’s what we’re looking for in guys in this offense — guys who are versatile. Defensive coordinators, defensive coaches, they don’t know what to do.”

3-star athlete Andre Hunt

“Good speed, can get open, good route runner, got great hands. He also plays defense. We always look for toughness. The last two minutes on his highlight [film], he’s playing safety, corner, and he’s coming to hit you. So we want those physical receivers that can run. Once he gets the ball in his hands he’s going to make something happen.”

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