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What's a day without a recruiting ticker? 

Nebraska is working back through many of the prospects it visited across the country last week, but there are also new faces and new places and fresh updates. 

So, let's get to a couple: 

Ohio back to visit: One name that Husker recruiting followers may remember from the spring is running back John Bivens. 

The Dayton, Ohio, native and Archbishop Alter standout was on campus for the spring game after receiving an early offer from the staff. 

Well, several months later, he says he's taking a visit to Lincoln the weekend of Jan. 18.

That, for one, makes it clear he's not planning to sign a National Letter of Intent in the early period. 

It also means NU is apparently still recruiting running backs. Now, things change fast this time of year, so an official visit that's five weeks away should be penciled in instead of using Sharpie. But it's interesting at least. 

Bivens is a bigger back — 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds according to his 247Sports profile — and has a four-star rating from that service. He's a three-star by Rivals and the 247Sports Composite. 

Nebraska, of course, has verbal commitments from Rahmir Johnson (Oradell, New Jersey), Dedrick Mills (Garden City (Kan.) Community College) and Ronald Thompkins (Loganville, Georgia) already for 2019. Thompkins has had reconstructive surgery on each of his knees, but it's unclear if that — or the status of another one of NU's commits — has anything to do with Bivens' planned visit. 

Nebraska's only returning productive back is Maurice Washington, who also has value as a receiver and return man, so perhaps the Huskers are just attempting to stack as much depth as possible. 

NU is also in on slot types like Wandale Robinson (Frankfort, Kentucky) and Winston Wright (Savannah, Georgia). 

Robinson interest: Speaking of Robinson, it's shaping up to be an interesting week in the talented back's recruitment. 

Nebraska's sent Ryan Held and Troy Walters in the first two weeks of the contact period to meet with him and it just might be working. 

Robinson, of course, had a last-minute change-of-heart when he picked Kentucky over Nebraska in November. But it doesn't appear the battle is over. 

New 2020 offers: Nebraska's been busy, not just in recruiting 2019 prospects but also 2020 and beyond. 

Two of many 2020s to earn offers recently from the Huskers include wide receiver Rico Powers (Savannah, Georgia) and offensive lineman Tosh Baker (Scottsdale, Arizona). 

Both are proximate to NU 2019 targets — Powers to Wright and Baker to four-stars Ty Robinson and Noa Pola-Gates. 

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars
Matthew Anderson OT 6-7 250 Leesville, La. ***
Brant Banks DL 6-8 285 Houston (Westbury Christian) ***
Bryce Benhart OT 6-9 305 Lakeville, Minn. (North) ****
Desmond Bland OL 6-4 300 Flossmoor, Ill. (Arizona Western C.C.) ****
Darien Chase WR 6-1 175 Vancouver, Wash. (Union) ****
Myles Farmer DB 6-3 180 Atlanta (Westlake) ***
Jimmy Fritzsche OL 6-7 250 Greenville, S.C. ***
Jamin Graham OLB 6-6 240 Attalla, Ala. (Etowah) ***
Jackson Hannah ILB 6-3 220 Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell) ****
Nick Henrich ILB 6-4 210 Omaha (Burke) ****
Chris Hickman TE 6-5 220 Omaha (Burke) ***
Rahmir Johnson RB 5-10 170 Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) ****
Michael Lynn OT 6-7 300 Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek) ***
Luke McCaffrey QB 6-3 185 Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian) ***
Dedrick Mills RB 5-10 227 Waycross, Ga. (Garden City C.C.) ***
Jamie Nance WR 6-0 170 Blanchard, Okla. ***
Garrett Nelson OLB 6-3 235 Scottsbluff ***
Mosai Newsom DE 6-5 260 Waverly, Iowa (Waverly-Shell Rock) ***
Quinton Newsome DB 6-2 180 Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) ***
Ethan Piper DL 6-4 275 Norfolk (Catholic) ***
Ty Robinson DE 6-6 285 Gilbert, Ariz. (Higley) ****
Wandale Robinson RB 5-9 180 Frankfort, Ky. (Western Hills) ****
Garrett Snodgrass ATH 6-3 225 York ***
Ronald Thompkins RB 6-0 203 Loganville, Ga. (Grayson) ***
Javin Wright DB 6-3 195 Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton) ***

Contact the writer at or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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