Oregon vs. Nebraska, 9/17

Nebraska cornerback Joshua Kalu (10) leads the cheering after the Huskers 35-32 victory over Oregon at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept., 17, 2016.

Quite a few stars for a game played in the daylight.

Just add them up. There's five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis, returning to Lincoln for another visit. There's five four-star prospects, including cornerback Chevin Calloway, who is committed to Iowa but about to stand on a sideline in Lincoln. And Rahyme Johnson, a linebacker from Los Angeles who has for months held up Nebraska as one of his favorites.

There's wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins (Walnut Creek, California) and cornerback Jaylon Johnson (Fresno, California), and Husker wide receiver commit Jaevon McQuitty. All four-star players, according to Rivals. All expected here for the Nebraska-Illinois game.

Throw in a couple of three-star offensive linemen already committed to Nebraska, Brenden Jaimes and Broc Bando, and the Huskers have themselves their third impressive gameday recruiting weekend in four games.

It's impressive enough we decided to call on some local recruiting experts to break it down.

Let's run through it with Nate Clouse of HuskerOnline.com, Mike Schaefer of HuskersIllustrated.com and Josh Harvey of BigRedReport.com.

Let's start with Rahyme Johnson, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker. Nebraska's chances here? Very good, according to Clouse.

"The Huskers have been sitting well with him dating back to the spring game last April where I think he was actually tempted to commit," Clouse wrote. "Some other big offers have come his way since that time, however. Florida and Texas A&M look to be the main competition, but NU has some leverage since they've only got one linebacker spot left in this class."

As Schaefer pointed out, Johnson has been a target of Husker linebackers coach Trent Bray for a while.

"The defender hears regularly from Nebraska and even visited for the Red-White game last April," Schaefer wrote." The Huskers have an early lead and a good visit could expand that."

How about a corner committed to a rival? Calloway is a 5-10, 180-pound prospect from Dallas who pledged to Iowa in July. But he'll be in Nebraska on the first day of October. Schaefer, Clouse and Harvey all view him as one of the most intriguing visitors this weekend.

You know, he's teammates at Bishop Dunne High School with defensive tackle Daimion Daniels, who has visited Nebraska and liked it a lot. "A package-duo for the four-star pair would be very nice," wrote Harvey.

And that possibility is within reason.

"Nebraska feels pretty confident about where things are at with Chevin Calloway considering how quickly the relationship has come together," Schaefer wrote. "It's also big for the Huskers that Calloway's parents are visiting this weekend. Chances are the Calloways have heard good things from (defensive tackle teammate) Damion Daniels and his family. … A good visit from both parties could really help the Huskers."

He'll have company from another four-star corner on the visit -- Jaylon Johnson.

"Lewis is stealing much of the headlines and rightfully so, but Johnson is a four-star prospect and right on the line of possibly being a five-star at the end of the year," Harvey wrote. "This is easily one of the better official visitors Nebraska’s had since joining the Big Ten."

Clouse noted that he's ranked in the Rivals100, with a recruiting story that has some parallels to Lamar Jackson's of a year ago. 

Both come from the same area, highly touted, and "didn’t include Nebraska in their top group of schools over the summer but have been convinced by coach Brian Stewart to visit."

According to Schaefer "he's already formed a good relationship with Lamar Jackson. The Huskers will host Johnson before he has visits with Oklahoma and Utah, which could set the bar high."

The headliner, though, is that five-star receiver. Out of Los Angeles, Lewis is not new to visiting Nebraska. Not at all.

"Anytime a recruit visits an out-of-state school three times during the recruiting process, they are serious," Harvey wrote. "I would say maybe even more serious when you are talking about a five-star prospect like Lewis who doesn't have a lack of opportunities."

The downside for Nebraska, as Harvey points out, is that the receiver has some more official visits in his pocket after this weekend.

"The biggest things Lewis is looking for are schools with a nice graduation rate and a family feel — both of those he will find in Lincoln," he added.

Lewis is 6-2, 195 pounds and Schaefer doesn't seem to be wrong when he describes him as the prospect "at the top of every Nebraska fan's wish list."

Nebraska's right there at the door, "but will need a great visit to stick with USC because of proximity," Schaefer wrote.

Clouse thinks the Huskers can grab the inside track after this weekend.

"The Huskers have a lot going for itself with Lewis largely because of the connection Williams has with the five-star and his coaches," Clouse wrote. "They're also are getting some assists from programs like USC and Oregon as they've been struggling."

Clouse agreed the biggest hurdle is to make Lewis fully trust that he'll be comfortable leaving the West Coast, but added, "If anyone can do that, it's Mike Riley and Keith Williams."

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


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