Only a few weeks remain until football season kicks off and the Huskers begin welcoming recruits to campus on official visits.
The season opener against Fresno State and the Oregon game on Sept. 17 will be huge weekends with several key targets set to be in attendance. The recruiting picture will certainly become clearer over the next couple months once all those visits are made.
With 13 commits, the Huskers’ 2017 class currently ranks No. 24 on Scout, No. 26 on Rivals and No. 30 on the 247Sports composite. Nebraska is outside the Top 25 on ESPN.
Our Huskers Big Board is the best way to track all of Nebraska’s top targets for the 2017 class. Guy Thomas, their most recent commit, was a member of the Big Board before he made his pledge Monday. So too were Ben Miles, Robert Porcher and Broc Bando before their commitments. Several more on the Big Board should wind up in the class before it’s all over as well.
Check out that Big Board for more on all of Nebraska's top targets, and here’s a roundup of the latest recruiting news:
» Within the last couple weeks, several recruits have said they plan to attend either the Fresno State game or the Oregon game on official visits.
Addison Gumbs, a 6-foot-4 pass-rushing outside linebacker from Northern California, told Husker Online he’ll be at the season opener. That would mark his first visit to Lincoln. Gumbs has previously visited several other schools before, and most consider Texas A&M or Oklahoma to be early favorites. Gumbs had hinted he wanted to make a decision before the season, but NU will hope it gets a chance to host him on a visit before he does.
Ben Hutch, a defensive tackle out of Tennessee, has told bothHusker Online and Huskers Illustrated that he plans to take his official visit to Lincoln for the Oregon game. That would be his first time checking out Nebraska. The Huskers have held a spot in his top group for the last couple months, but he’s said in interviews that Texas A&M is currently the team to beat.
Jaylon Redd, a corner from Southern California with Nebraska in his top eight, told Husker Online he’s locked into an official visit for the Oregon game. Oregon and UCLA are also set to receive official visits from Redd.
This is just a fraction of the recruits that will be visiting Nebraska those two weekends early in the season. Look for more complete lists of visitors as those dates draw closer, but both will surely draw several top targets.
» A decision could come soon from tight end Cade Otton. The three-star from Washington visited Nebraska in June, and withdeep family connections to Mike Riley, the Huskers were believed to be the team to beat. But Otton received an offer last week from Washington while on a visit there, and according to 247Sports, he’s set to return for another visit this weekend. That has the Huskies feeling very confident.
» Darnay Holmes, arguably Nebraska’s top target in California, took a pair of Big Ten visits over the weekend. He checked out Michigan State on Friday and Michigan on Saturday for the Wolverines’ big BBQ recruiting event. Also in Ann Arbor was Detroit corner Jaylen Kelly-Powell, a Husker Big Board member that visited NU in June.
Holmes is still set to take his official visit to NU for the season opener. After flirting with a possibile commitment in June, Holmes has slowed things down and doesn’t plan to make a decision until January at the earliest. NU is still one of the top schools in consideration, but there’s a long way to go.
» Jamari Peacock, a running back out of Florida that visited NU in June, told Scout the Huskers are one of the top two teams on his list. The other is Virginia. He also said he’s looking at an Oct. 1 official visit to Lincoln for the Illinois game.
» Carmel, Indiana, tight end Kurt Rafdal told Scout the Huskers are one of his top teams. He also has the homestate Hoosiers high on his list, as well as Auburn, who extended him an offer in late July. Rafdal visited Nebraska in June and isn’t rushing to make a final decision.
» Trajon Cotton, a defensive back out of Sacramento, California, often talks up the Huskers on Twitter. He also included them in a top 12 in June. He recently told Scout he soon plans to narrow his list even further, and Nebraska would definitely make the cut with Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA and Utah.
» A handful of Big Board members are set to announce commitments during August. Linebacker Kenneth Murray, who had NU in his top six, is scheduled to commit Wednesday but is not expected to pick the Huskers. Wideout Devonta Smith will go Aug. 15, but he too is not likely to end up at Nebraska.
The big one on the horizon is Tyjon Lindsey with his Aug. 22 announcement. NU and Ohio State are believed to be the top two in consideration, but momentum has been shifting toward the Buckeyes over the last few weeks.
» Some Big Board members committed elsewhere recently. Defensive end James Hudson committed to Michigan on Monday. Wideout Tahj Capehart chose homestate Virginia Tech on Aug. 6. Neither recruit had visited NU but had included the Huskers among their top schools.
Two of Nebraska’s top “Calibraska” targets chose to stay in California. Offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker and defensive end Hunter Echols both committed to USC on Aug. 5. Vera-Tucker visited Lincoln in June. Echols had planned to take an official visit during the season.
» The Huskers extended one new scholarship offer during the last week, this one going out to running back Daniel Young of Houston. Nebraska was the 10th school to offer Young but only the second from a Power Five conference (Minnesota is the other). Hometown Houston was his first offer more than a year ago. Young is a consensus three-star prospect that ran for more than 850 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior in 201