They're going big. Bigger maybe even than last year's much-acclaimed final Friday Night Lights session in Lincoln. Big enough that Mike Riley's Twitter account posed a question to fans who might be willing to spend this Friday at Memorial Stadium.

"Can we get to 10K?" Riley asked.

That's ambitious, maybe. A year ago, there were about 2,500 Husker fans who attended the biggest FNL event. But ambition has already helped put together a monster visitor's list to Lincoln this weekend. So why not push it further?

Start with all the current Husker commits expected to visit. The list includes four-star defensive backs Brendan "Bookie" Radley-Hiles and Chase Williams, four-star receivers Manuel Allen and Joshua Moore, defensive end Tate Wildeman, offensive lineman Will Farniok and kicker Barret Pickering.

It gets even more interesting after that.

Among the headliners expected are five-star defensive end Micah Parsons (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), four-star running back and Oklahoma commit TJ Pledger (IMG Academy), and USC linebacker commit Raymond Scott (Harbor City, California), who told everyone on social media he wanted to see what Lincoln is all about.

"Can't wait to be in Nebraska tomorrow," Parsons tweeted on Thursday.

There's also four-star safety Houston Griffith, who attends the same IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as Radley-Hiles and Pledger. Husker commit Joshua Moore's twin brother, Jordan Moore, a safety currently committed to Texas A&M, is planning to join his brother on the trip, too.

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Other expected visitors include four-star defensive end Judge Culpepper (Tampa, Florida), defensive back Christian Tutt (Thomson, Georgia), and linebacker Jalen Redmond (Midwest City, Oklahoma).

Culpepper is the son of Brad Culpepper, who played defensive tackle in the NFL for nine seasons from 1992-2000.

Also of interest, former Husker wide receiver commit Cameron Brown (St. Louis) is coming back to Lincoln. Those are just some of the 2018 guys.

There will also be some heavy hitters from the 2019 class as well, including two prospects from Trinity Catholic High in St. Louis who were part of the satellite camp NU coaches helped instruct in that area a couple of weekends ago: wide receivers Marcus Washington and do-everything athlete Isaiah Williams.

There's a linebacker from Loganville, Georgia, named Owen Pappoe. He attends the same Grayson High School that produced current Husker backer Mohamed Barry.

Barry reached out on social media to Husker fans asking them to show Pappoe some love. "Can't wait till he sees this place (through) my eyes this weekend," Barry tweeted.

Husker linebackers coach Trent Bray pointed out on Twitter there would be big-time linebackers from the likes of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Oklahoma. "Gonna be a great weekend!" he added.

It's certainly a big-swing weekend for Husker football. And Riley, who always seems to have a grasp of the weather forecasts, might happily note there are no thunderstorms or tornado warnings expected in Lincoln on this Friday night, either.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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