Nebraska recruiting: More offers go out to defensive standouts

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Nebraska offers more defenders

Outside linebacker Kalen DeLoach, 4 stars, Savannah (Ga.) Islands

Nebraska is back in Georgia with another offer, this one to Kalen DeLoach, who holds 17 Power 5 offers. Michigan and Nebraska are the only Big Ten teams who have offered him. Since January, DeLoach’s recruitment has picked up. He’s attended junior days at Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama. DeLoach also has taken an unofficial visit to Ohio State. His 247Sports Crystal Ball has predictions in for South Carolina, Clemson and Auburn.

According to the 247Sports composite, DeLoach is the No. 22 outside linebacker in the class and the No. 321 overall prospect. He also is listed as an inside linebacker.

Safety Cortez Andrews, 4 stars, Tallahassee (Fla.) Amos P. Godby

Alabama seems to have the upper hand in Cortez Andrews’ recruitment, but that did not stop the Huskers from offering. Auburn and Florida State have hosted him in recent weeks. Andrews holds 16 offers. He’s the 20th-ranked safety and the No. 267 overall prospect in the 2019 class. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he’s the type of rangy safety that Nebraska’s coaches like to have on the back end.

Cornerback Joey Porter Jr., 3 stars, Wexford (Pa.) North Allegheny 

Joey Porter Jr.’s father, Joey Porter Sr., was a force at linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a long time. But Porter Jr., who is 6-2 and 185 pounds, plays on the boundaries at cornerback and wide receiver. He’s ranked as the No. 67 cornerback in the class. Pittsburgh and West Virginia have proximity advantages in his recruitment, but LSU has entered the scene.

Outside linebacker Jack Kiser, 3 stars, Royal Center (Ind.) Pioneer

Purdue is the favorite to keep Jack Kiser in Indiana to play his college ball. Nebraska still extended an offer to one of the top outside linebackers in the Midwest. Nationally, Kiser is the No. 42 outside linebacker in his class. Iowa and Michigan State also have caught his interest. Kiser has eight offers, but that number should grow.

Lineman Sama Paama, 3 stars, Honolulu Kaimuki

Sama Paama’s versatility — he plays offensive and defensive line — makes him an attractive prospect. Nebraska has offered a couple of Hawaii prospects and Paama is the latest recruit to join that list. Oregon, USC and Washington have also offered. Paama is 6-5 and 325 pounds. He’s listed as a defensive tackle but is ranked as a guard (17th in the class).

Adrian Martinez is ‘sharp as a whip’

I’ve been meaning to find time to include this nugget from the coaches’ fan forums on National Signing Day. Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco gave fans a glimpse of what it was like to recruit Adrian Martinez, who signed with the Huskers in December before enrolling early.

But Martinez’s relationship with the new (very new at the time) Nebraska coaching staff went back further.

“We offered Adrian early on in his high school career,” Verduzco told the crowd. “We liked everything about him. Certainly, just the physical qualities in a guy are important to us. But the important thing about Adrian is that he’s mature beyond his years … He’s got a great personality and he’s a very intelligent young guy.”

Martinez missed his senior high school season recovering from shoulder surgery. Verduzco assured that Martinez is totally healthy heading into spring ball.

“He came back from that surgery,” Verduzco said. “He’s certainly fine … He’s healthy, his arm feels good. He’s done a really great job in terms of his rehab. He’s good to go.”

Verduzco said Martinez’s mental aptitude gives him great potential.

“He can really process a big amount of information in a quick time, which is critical to our offense and what [offensive coordinator Troy] Walters and coach [Scott] Frost want to do,” Verduzco said. “He fits the entire package for us, and we’re very fortunate to have him.

“He’s on campus now working hard and it’s fun to be around him. He’s as sharp as a whip with the things we’re trying to get him to understand.”

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