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Nebraska offers 6 defensive linemen
Mike Dawson must have been a busy man last week, breaking down film and deciding who would receive the next batch of offers from Nebraska as efforts to build the 2019 class ramp up. The Huskers defensive line coach ultimately pulled the trigger on six prospects, extending offers Friday through Sunday. Among them include one of the nation’s top recruits, as well as some regional standouts.
Defensive tackle (more specifically nose tackle) will be an emphasis in this recruiting class. Senior Mick Stoltenberg is expected to start there for Nebraska this season, but beyond that, depth is somewhat limited. Expect Nebraska to take a hard look at nose tackle and recruit at least one player there after missing out on the position in the 2018 class. The Huskers got a nice haul in Tate Wildeman and Casey Rogers at defensive end in the last class, but there will be room to add a couple more players there as well.
Let’s take a look at the prospects on the receiving ends of the offers.
Faatui Tuitele, 5 stars, Honololu (Hawaii) St. Louis
One of the top prospects in the country, Tuitele comes from Hawaii, a state that doesn’t produce a ton of talent but has had some memorable players, such as quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Tua Tagovailoa. Both alumni of the St. Louis School program for which Tuitele currently stars. Tuitele holds 34 offers. But as is the case with most prospects from Hawaii, several West Coast programs are the favorites for Tuitele. USC is considered the favorite with Oregon also in the running. Alabama also appears to have some momentum with Tuitele. UCLA and Washington are a couple other Pac-12 school involved with Tuitele.
— FAATUI TUITELE (@tuitele87) February 23, 2018
It doesn’t seem likely any real traction will pick up between Tuitele and the Huskers. However, good for Nebraska for doing its due diligence and offering the No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 23 overall prospect in the class (according to the 247Sports composite). It certainly doesn’t hurt, especially after Tuitele’s reportedly impressive performance at a 7-on-7 camp in Las Vegas over the weekend.
DeMarvin Leal, 4 stars, Converse (Texas) Judson
Nebraska went into Texas for a potentially game-changing player on defense in the 2018 class in safety Cam’ron Jones. Now the Huskers hope they can find another in the trenches. Leal could play on the interior or at end in college. The Huskers extended his 21st offer Friday. He will be tough to pull from Texas, with Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor all offering earlier in his recruitment. Alabama and Clemson also have made strong impressions on Leal.
Very excited nd blessed to say I've gotten an offer from The University Of Nebraska ⚪ pic.twitter.com/CXOIgVe4rP
— 9 (@boimarv9) February 23, 2018
Leal attended a junior day with the Aggies. They hold one of the five predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball, with three picks in favor of Texas and the other one for Oklahoma State. Leal’s biggest strength is his quickness, which helps him rush the quarterback. But his physicality can make him a force in stopping the run. He is the No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 103 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Ben Smiley, 4 stars, Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River
A majority of Smiley’s interest has been from East Coast programs. But with his recruitment ramping up, Nebraska and a couple of other Midwest programs, such as Michigan State, have entered the fray. It will be tough to pry Smiley from his home state. Four of his five 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions are in favor of Virginia Tech, with the other for Virginia, which hosted him for an unofficial visit earlier this month. North Carolina and Maryland also are contenders.
God is Great !!! Just Received my 22nd offer from the University of Nebraska !!! ♦️♦️ pic.twitter.com/oRFCxcjeZM
— Ben Smiley lll (@BenSmiley9) February 24, 2018
Smiley is the No. 21 defensive tackle in the class. He is 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, making his length a unique asset. He’s a prospect that needs some refining, but analysts feel his best football lies ahead of him.
Harrison White, 3 stars, Spring (Texas) Klein
Another Texas prospect, White is already 6-5 and 250 pounds. He’s listed as a strongside defensive end (No. 59 nationally). Nebraska is in early with White, who now has five offers. Baylor, Houston, Texas Tech and Utah are the other programs that have offered him.
— Harrison White (@Harrisonwite99) February 24, 2018
Given his frame, it wouldn’t be crazy for the Huskers to recruit him as a defensive tackle, or even as an offensive lineman.
Mosai Newsom, 3 stars, Waverly (Iowa) Shell Rock
Newsom is more of a regional prospect, as his hometown is about a five-hour drive from Lincoln. The favorite for Newsom is Iowa, which wouldn’t want to lose the fourth-ranked player in its state to a Big Ten West rival. Thus far, the Hawkeyes and Minnesota have been the most active programs in Newsom’s recruitment. He camped at both schools last summer and took two unofficial visits to Minnesota during the season. Newsom also unofficially visited Iowa State, which has not yet offered, for a game and checked out Iowa on Dec. 17.
Very blessed to have received an offer from the University of Nebraska! pic.twitter.com/MCCJ8fH25j
— Mosai Newsom (@newsom_5) February 24, 2018
At 6-3 and 252 pounds, Newsom is listed as a weakside defensive end (No. 37 in the class). It’s the position that probably suits him best at the next level. He holds four offers.
Rian Davis, 3 stars, Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva
Scott Frost and his staff won’t be bashful in Florida during the next few recruiting classes. Davis has played middle linebacker in high school, but projects more as a defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level. He’s the No. 33 weakside defensive end in the class.
— Rian "Trouble" Davis (@Trouble_R4) February 26, 2018
Davis announced his Nebraska offer Monday, one day after he picked up three offers in the span of a few hours (Baylor, Minnesota and Pittsburgh). Miami is one of the frontrunners for Davis, along with Louisville and Houston. But Davis’ offer list likely will continue to grow, as the vast majority of his 21 offers have rolled in over the last six weeks.
He attended a junior day at UCF on Feb. 14.
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