Nebraska recruiting: Talanoa Hufanga, Noah Cain highlight Friday night performances

The high school season is more than halfway over for Nebraska commits and targets alike. Check Land of 10 every weekend, when we highlight the top performances from the previous Friday night. 

The 2017 high school football season is in full swing. Recruits from across the nation are putting up big numbers on Friday nights, and Nebraska’s targets are included in that category.

This week, effective rushing performances found their way onto our list, including one from the Cornhuskers’ lone 2019 commit, and another solid day from a key Nebraska 2018 target.

Here are some of the top performances you should know about from another busy weekend of action. Some, maybe even all, of these prospects eventually will don a Nebraska uniform.

Athlete Talanoa Hufanga

  • Class: 2018
  • High School: Crescent Valley (Corvallis, Ore.)
  • Size: 6-foot, 193 pounds
  • 247Sports composite ranking: No. 14 overall, No. 1 athlete
  • Recruitment status: Undecided (Nebraska included in top 6)

Hufanga remains a top target for the Cornhuskers, who hosted him for an official visit last weekend during the Ohio State game. Hufanga’s dynamic athleticism was on display once again Friday night during Crescent Valley’s 31-21 win over Dallas (Ore.). Known to slice opponents up through the running game, Hufanga took a slightly different approach to burning defenses this time.

Hufanga hauled in a pair of long touchdown receptions, from 42 and 40 yards, respectively. He finished with six catches for 120 yards total, but did not record a rushing attempt. Perhaps the same injury that kept him from playing defense this week also impacted the decision to not hand the ball off to him.

Regardless, it was another solid performance for one of the top remaining undecideds in the 2018 recruiting class.

Linebacker Garrett Nelson

  • Class: 2019
  • High School: Scottsbluff (Scottsbluff, Neb.)
  • Size: 6-foot-3, 235 pounds
  • 247Sports Composite ranking: No. 389 overall
  • Recruitment status: Nebraska commit

Nelson is currently Nebraska’s only commit in the 2019 class, and in addition to an active night on defense, he decided to show off a little bit on the offensive side of the ball. He took his only carry of the night 58 yards to the house in Scottsbluff’s 55-0 dismantling of Alliance.

Of course, Nelson is expected to play linebacker for the Cornhuskers, but you can’t blame the coaches for giving the rock to one of their most talented players. And you certainly can’t blame Nelson for taking advantage of the opportunity.

Running back Noah Cain

  • Class: 2019
  • High School: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • Size: 5-foot-11, 207 pounds
  • 247Sports Composite ranking: No. 23 overall, No. 1 running back
  • Recruitment status: Undecided

IMG Academy’s precocious schedule took the team to Utah this weekend for a matchup against Salt Lake City East High School. After falling behind twice in the first half, IMG rebounded with a strong second half, able keep East at bay thanks to a balanced running attack led by Cain.

Cain finished with 127 yards on the ground in the win.

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