Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of the Husker Extra recruiting notebook.
Nebraska football took something of a miniature break from a full-tilt recruiting weekend, but spring game weekend awaits and there are still plenty of updates to get to.
What are we waiting for?
Duggan to TCU: Four-star quarterback Max Duggan (Council Bluffs, Iowa) gave his verbal commitment to TCU on Sunday night, hitting the timeline he laid out and also spurning a Big Ten West team in the process.
Minnesota seemed like the potential destination until recently, and now the dual-threat is on his way to the Metroplex to play for Gary Patterson.
Husker head coach Scott Frost visited Duggan in at Lewis Central High shortly after he got the job, but it never seemed like the recruitment took off from there. NU continued to hand out offers to 2019 signal-callers across the country. Duggan started making the rounds and visiting schools he was serious about but never made it over to Lincoln down the stretch.
A quick quarterback review: So NU was maybe or maybe not in the picture for Duggan in recent weeks, but it seems like a natural time to take a look at where things stand at quarterback for the Huskers in 2019.
NU has offered around a dozen players and, as it typically happens at the position, several have committed early in the calendar.
Along with Duggan, verbally committed players include Sam Howell (Florida State), Grant Tisdale (Ole Miss), Garrett Shrader (Mississippi State) and Dylan Morris (Washington).
Players with Husker offers who remain on the board include four-stars Jayden Daniels (San Bernardino, California), Grant Gunnell (Houston), Michael Johnson Jr. (Eugene, Oregon), Taulia Tagovailoa (Alabaster, Alabama) and three-stars Luke McCaffrey (Littleton, Colorado), Terrance Gipson (Houston), Chris Herron (Houston) and John Rhys Plumlee (Hattiesburg, Mississippi).
For what it’s worth, McCaffrey, Herron and Plumlee are all listed as athletes according to 247Sports.
An update on McCaffrey: McCaffrey, who’s on track to be the full-time starter at Valor Christian High for the first time in his career this fall, is the only player from the group known to have been on campus this spring.
Hailing from a highly accomplished football family, McCaffrey doesn’t seem to be making the big spring tour of schools that many touted prospects make.
Of course, Lincoln is a pretty easy trip from the Denver area, but it's still interesting that he's not making a ton of visits but has already been to Lincoln.
One player who knows McCaffrey’s skill set well: Husker four-star defensive end signee Tate Wildeman (Parker, Colorado). Wildeman's Legend team played Valor Christian all four of his years in high school, so he’s seen the youngest McCaffrey up close and personal.
Wildeman’s scouting report: “He’s a good player. He played on my little brother’s lacrosse team, so I’ve known him since seventh or eighth grade. He’s a good kid, he’s very elusive. He’s a good dude, too.”
Colorado connections: Wildeman also said he’s been in contact with 2019 defensive end prospect Isaac Townsend (Arvada, Colorado) and has been peer recruiting him.
Townsend, a 6-foot-6, 235-pound standout for Ralston Valley, visited Lincoln over the weekend. He has offers from Oregon, Washington State, Tennessee, Virginia, Iowa State and others.
Wildeman will also have an intriguing talent in tow with him for the spring game this weekend. He said his stepbrother, Trustin Oliver, who lives with him in Colorado, is coming along. Oliver is a 6-3, 177-pound athlete who plays mostly receiver for Legend. He’s rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, and that site shows offers from Colorado State and Utah.
Henrich visit on tap: It will be a big-time recruiting weekend in Lincoln for a sold-out spring game Saturday, but the stakes are high early in the week, too.
Omaha Burke four-star linebacker Nick Henrich is slated to visit campus unofficially on Tuesday as he wraps up a spring tour of schools.
Henrich, a top-100 talent and the No. 5 inside linebacker prospect in the class according to 247Sports, was at Notre Dame over the weekend and has also seen Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Iowa State this month.
Henrich has said that he is planning on committing before Burke starts its season this fall and also that he’ll start to think about narrowing his choices down from his 20-plus offers after he wraps up spring unofficial visits. NU is at the end of that tour. Clearly, it’s an important visit, though it’s not like Henrich isn’t already familiar with Frost, inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud and others.
Henrich’s recruitment has hardly slowed, as he picked up an offer from Ole Miss on Monday morning and one from Colorado late last week.
Henrich last week was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, becoming the first Nebraska native to earn that honor since Josh Banderas in 2013.
Henrich’s teammate, four-star tight end and Husker target Chris Hickman, also picked up an SEC offer over the weekend from Missouri.
Huskers outside Olmstead’s top five: Four-star offensive lineman John Olmstead (Metuchen, New Jersey) announced his top five schools a few days after visiting Lincoln and did not have NU included. He’s considering Notre Dame, Michigan, Rutgers, Minnesota and Ole Miss and is set to announce Friday.
Spring game will bring big numbers: Not only will Saturday’s spring game feature a sold-out crowd, but it also will bring a ton of recruiting attention and visitors.
We’ll have more on this through the week, of course, but as a starting point, NU is expecting all four 2019 verbal commits back on campus along with several of the 2018 signees who are not yet early-enrollees.
A few top 2019 targets expected to make return trips this weekend: Hickman, three-star defensive end Mosai Newsom (Waverly, Iowa) and four-star athlete Ty Robinson (Gilbert, Arizona).
Also expected among many with offers already in hand: Four-star outside linebacker Ge’mon Eaford (Deerfield Beach, Florida) and four-star receiver Cam Coleman (Bradenton, Florida).
That’s only a taste of what should be an active recruiting weekend to say the least.
Now, about that rain in the forecast for Saturday…