Nebraska recruiting: Sizing up Huskers’ top targets in Florida

Nebraska’s new coaching staff will recruit nationally. However, expect them to lean on the roots they built while coaching at Central Florida and heavily target the Sunshine State in their efforts for 2019 and beyond.

The Huskers saw serious success in Florida in the 2018 recruiting class, with one-third of the class (eight of 24 signees) coming from the state. None of them were holdover commitments secured by Mike Riley’s staff, providing a barometer of what to expect from this staff on the recruiting front in Florida.

Don’t expect Nebraska to just recruit the skill positions out of the state, either, although it’s reasonable to believe it will comprise most of the recruiting there. The Huskers would be wise to take a look at these Florida players:

Donte Banton

Position: Wide receiver
Hometown: Deerfield Beach
Rating: N/A

Donte Banton has considered himself a Huskers fan for most of his life because of his older cousin, who taught him to root for Big Red. Nebraska has made early contact with Banton, who’s flown under the radar but figures to be a receiver that Nebraska will pursue. The Huskers like receivers from Florida (Mike Williams, Miles Jones and Dominick Watt in the 2018 class) and Banton has some similarities with those guys, especially Watt and Williams.

Peter Hayes-Patrick

Position: Running back
Hometown/School: Orlando (Timber Creek)
247Sports rating: 3 stars, No. 36 running back, No. 485 overall

The Huskers have shown Peter Hayes-Patrick some love after the 2018 recruiting cycle died down. Nebraska will be in the market for two running backs in this class. Will Patrick-Hayes be one of them?

Lloyd Summerall

Position: Defensive end/outside linebacker
Hometown: Auburndale
247Sports r ating: 4 stars, No. 11 weakside defensive end, No. 118 overall

Lloyd Summerall has expressed his desire to check out Nebraska and check out what Scott Frost is building in Lincoln. A ton of premier programs in the Southeast, such as Florida State and Georgia, are after the 6-foot-5 Summerall, who has impressed on the camp circuit the last couple of weekends. Nebraska will have its chance to impress him, though.

Rian Davis

Position: Defensive end/outside linebacker
Hometown/School: Apopka (Wekiva)
247Sports r ating: No. 33 weakside defensive end, No. 510 overall

Another edge rusher the Huskers are after in the Sunshine State, Rian Davis is picking up offers left and right. He’s at about 30 offers, for good reason. Davis is a talented pass rusher, which is something the Huskers covet in the current cycle. Within the last two weeks, Texas, Alabama and Michigan State have offered him. There will be plenty of competition for Davis.

Charles Turner

Position: Center
Hometown/School: Bradenton (IMG Academy)
247Sports r ating: 3 stars, No. 4 center, No. 492 overall

Offensive line will be another priority for the Huskers in this class. The 6-4 Charles Turner is lean, but should hang on to his athleticism once he bulks up. He’s a natural center, which isn’t all that common among high school players. Turner attends powerhouse IMG Academy and plays alongside some of the top talent in the class.

Noah Cain

Position: Running back
Hometown/School: Bradenton (IMG Academy)
247Sports r ating: 4 stars, No. 2 running back, No. 31 overall

One of the top prospects Turner plays with is running back Noah Cain. A bunch of SEC teams figure to lead the way for Cain, but the Huskers — along with nearly every other team in the country — will at least show interest.

John Dunmore

Position: Wide receiver
Hometown/School: Hollywood (Chaminade-Madonna Prep)
247Sports r ating: 4 stars, No. 22 receiver, No. 118 overall

When the coaching staff took over in early December, they spent the majority of the first week targeting 2018 prospects. However, some talented 2019 members caught their eye and they immediately offered them as well. One of those recruits was John Dunmore. At 6-2, Dunmore has good size. He’s recently taken trips to Miami and Florida State, with the Seminoles and Florida as his main contenders. It might be too tough to pull Dunmore from the state.

James Williams

Position: Cornerback
Hometown/School: Hollywood (Chaminade-Madonna Prep)
247Sports r ating: 3 stars, No. 94 cornerback, No. 995 overall

James Williams is a cornerback who may not be highly rated but some top programs have taken notice. Wisconsin, Louisville and Ole Miss are among Williams’ 12 offers. Nebraska prefers long cornerbacks, but at 5-11, Williams is more of a typical corner.

Jouvensly Basile

Position: Running back
Hometown/School: Naples (Golden Gate)
247Sports r ating: 3 stars, No. 6 all-purpose back, No. 642 overall

Jouvensly Basile fits the prototype for a running back in Nebraska’s system. He pinballs off defenders despite his 5-10 stature and has great speed. He also can make plays through the air. Basile doesn’t have a long offers list so perhaps getting in on the ground floor will benefit Nebraska.

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