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Huskers in good spot with receiver Donte Banton
Donte Banton may not be rated by recruiting services, but that has not stopped Nebraska from divulging its interest in him. The Huskers have been in contact for the last month. A few Nebraska coaches (Banton couldn’t remember who) visited him at Deerfield Beach High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last month for an introductory meeting.
Later in January, a published article indicated that Banton has a top three of Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Nebraska. But that’s not necessarily the case, he told Land of 10.
“I really didn’t make a top three,” Banton said. “That’s what [the report] said. [Nebraska] will be in my top three. That’s my top school. That’s my dream school, actually, as a kid.”
Yes, really. Growing up, Banton would watch Nebraska games on Saturdays with his older cousin, Gregory Jean, who is a big Huskers fan. Banton did not have an allegiance to a team, so he latched on to the Huskers.
“That’s just how it was,” Banton said.
Nebraska offered Banton on Dec. 5, just three days after Scott Frost was introduced as the Huskers coach. The timing of that offer is significant because those offers in the days after the coaching transition went to priority targets in the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes.
Banton’s passion for Nebraska grew throughout his childhood. Now with the recruiting process in full swing for him, there’s a possibility a dream can become a reality. Some of Banton’s earliest memories of watching Nebraska games include how the receivers played.
“They know how to get the ball to the receivers,” Banton said.
That will be the case once Frost implements his high-powered offense. Banton didn’t watch much of the coaching staff during their UCF days, he said. But he’s excited to get to know the staff and is excited by the potential of playing in Nebraska’s system.
Banton never had a favorite player at Nebraska. He tries to emulate Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
“He’s just versatile,” Banton said. “He’s just like me. Exactly what he does, I picture myself doing.
“He’s aggressive, big strong hands, speed, quick. He can move around. That’s just me, all-around player.”
Banton, who also runs track, is 6-foot and 184 pounds. He plans on starting his official visit swing in the spring, but could wait until the fall. He has no plans to attend the Huskers’ spring game, which should be a massive recruiting weekend for Nebraska.
Other schools on Banton’s radar include Louisville, Pitt and Kentucky. Auburn recently offered him. The Tigers are another one of Banton’s favorite teams and have been in frequent contact. Syracuse has expressed a lot of interest as well.
One thing is clear: Distance won’t be an issue for Banton while making his decision.
“If I like that school, I’m not worried about the distance,” he said.
Nebraska offers highly ranked DE Khris Bogle
Nebraska offered Khris Bogle on Tuesday. The 4-star defensive end attends South Florida powerhouse Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale.
Bogle is the No. 7 weak-side defensive end in the 2019 class and the No. 117 overall prospect in the country. He is 6-4 and 207 pounds.
Miami DieHards writer David Wilson ranked Bogle as the 10th-best prospect in Florida in his class. Bogle took an unofficial visit to UCF last September, so there’s some familiarity with Nebraska’s coaching staff. He also unofficially visited Miami three times last season and again on Jan. 15. Georgia recently offered him during his unofficial visit to the SEC power.
Four of seven predictions on Bogle’s 247Sports Crystal Ball favor of Florida State with the other picks cast for Miami. Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma also are expected to make strong pushes for Bogle.
The Huskers also extended an offer Wednesday to punter Aidan Swanson, another prospect with whom the staff became acquainted during their UCF days. This is Swanson’s first Division I offer. However, South Carolina, Clemson, Mississippi State and Penn State have shown interest. He holds a preferred walk-on offer from Clemson.
According to Kohl’s Kicking, which ranks the top specialists prospects in the country, Swanson is the ninth-ranked punter in his class. Here’s a description of Swanson from the site:
“The ball jumps off his foot well. His leg speed gives him a chance to do some very positive things as a specialist. He has a smooth left-footed motion on his punting.”
Swanson attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
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