Since the transition to their current roles, the Nebraska coaching staff has extended dozens of offers across a variety of position groups. But it’s apparent which units are receiving the most attention: running back and wide receiver. But the secondary has also been an area of focus for the Huskers and secondary coach Travis Fisher.
Until Wednesday, the majority of those offers went primarily to safety prospects, but the priority shifted when Nebraska extended offers to three cornerbacks and an athlete with potential to play corner. All of those who received offers are from the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., area, once again an indication that the staff is leaning on its Florida ties from the UCF days.
Four-star prospect Taiyon Palmer and 3-star prospect Stanley Garner picked up the first batch of offers Wednesday. Palmer was the lone recent offer not from the Ft. Lauderdale area and is a former Duke commit. Garner currently is committed to Kentucky.
Later, 3-star cornerback Marquis Williams landed a Huskers offer. He is the No. 69 corner in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite, and is 5-foot-9, 165 pounds. Williams is committed to Pitt, although his 247Sports Crystall Ball is mostly rated as “cloudy” right now. He intends on signing early, so he’s another prospect the Huskers will have to work on quickly.
Miles Jones is a 3-star prospect and is listed as an athlete and wide receiver. He’s the 49th-ranked athlete in the 247Sports composite and is committed to Vanderbilt. Like Williams, he intends to sign early, providing a tight window for the Huskers to make headway with him. To make things even more difficult, Jones will take his official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend.
Taiyon Palmer discusses Huskers offer
The offer from Nebraska immediately caught the eye of Palmer, who is from Lawrenceville, Ga. He received a call from Fisher and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander when he got home from school Wednesday, he told Mike Schaefer of 247Sports.
Chinander and Fisher told him they watched his film and liked what they saw.
“Coach Fisher said he loves my ball skills,” Palmer told Schaefer. “He loves how I react to the play, react to the ball. They like how I come down and tackle. They think I’m an all-around great player and I can help them win a championship.
“Playing cornerback, I’m a defensive person. It’s not just lining up and covering a guy. It’s way deeper than that. It’s fun to me. It shows what you can do, your athleticism.”
The history of Nebraska is also a pull for Palmer.
“They’re a powerhouse,” he said. “They’re a major, major, major program. It’s one of those offers that when people hear Nebraska, they think major, major football. I don’t know much about Nebraska, but I know there’s history behind it. I knew of Nebraska growing up watching and playing football. It’s just one of those schools you know about.”
The coaching staff visited Palmer at school and then at his house on Wednesday. Palmer will take an official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend, but don’t be surprised if he is on campus for a visit sometime in January.
Palmer is the No. 28 cornerback in this class, according to the 247Sports composite.
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