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Nebraska vs. Purdue, 9/29

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds (left) shakes hands with Husker recruit Brant Banks of Houston prior to the Purdue game Sept. 29 at Memorial Stadium.

The opening days of the contact period have seen Nebraska’s coaches visit prospects of all statues — verbally committed to Nebraska, still uncommitted, verbally committed to other programs, etc. — and positions, but maybe nothing’s been made as clear as the premium the Huskers are putting on finding defensive length.

And perhaps no prospect, defensive or otherwise, is higher on Nebraska’s wish list than four-star defensive end Ty Robinson (Gilbert, Arizona).

Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive line coach Mike Dawson visited Robinson at school and had an in-home visit scheduled for Wednesday evening.

“They’re good guys. They have a plan for Ty and they want to follow through on the plan and make sure that Nebraska is the place he wants to go to,” Higley High coach Eddy Zubey told the Journal Star.

Robinson is considering Nebraska, Oregon, USC and Alabama. He visited NU earlier this month and last week was at Alabama for the Iron Bowl. The Huskers, Ducks and Trojans have all been to see him this week and Alabama will be around, “sooner or later,” Zubey said, noting Robinson just left Tuscaloosa a couple of days ago.

Robinson’s primary recruiter at USC, defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze, was let go earlier this week.

“I don’t exactly know where that plays into stuff with him, but anytime you make a connection with somebody and they aren’t going to be there, that has an effect on anybody,” Zubey said.

Perhaps the best news for Nebraska is that it will get the final shot at an in-home visit with Robinson before signing day arrives. Assistants can visit a player weekly — so there’s no doubt Chinander and Dawson will be back — but head coaches can visit each player only once. Zubey said Husker coach Scott Frost will be in to see Robinson on the final day — Dec. 15 — before the contact period ends. National Signing Day is Dec. 19.

“They’ve done a good job,” Zubey said. “It sounds like they sewed up the last shot.”

Dawson's logged serious miles. On Tuesday, he visited 6-7, 250-pound defensive end prospect Smith Vilbert in New Jersey along with running back Rahmir Johnson. 

Late Tuesday night,  Chinander offered juco defensive end Datona Jackson (College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California), who's listed at 6-5 and 260. 

Frost, meanwhile, flew to Attalla, Alabama, on Wednesday to see three-star pass-rusher Jamin Graham, who is listed at 6-6 and 240. 

Length, length, length. Anywhere in the country the Huskers can find it. 

Frost makes the rounds: Frost started the day by traveling to Savannah, Georgia, to see 2019 receiver Winston Wright. 

The three-star player from Memorial Day School verbally committed to West Virginia in July. 

The Huskers are clearly still looking at skill position players and receiver types. Running backs coach Ryan Held reportedly met with Kentucky verbal commit Wandale Robinson in Frankfort, Kentucky, on Tuesday night, after spending a chunk of the day recruiting the Cincinnati area.  

Currently, NU has Jamie Nance (Blanchard, Oklahoma) and Darien Chase (Vancouver, Washington) committed to play wide receiver in the 2019 class. 

Wright is listed at 5-10 and 170 pounds. 

According to the Savannah Morning News, Wright caught, returned and rushed for touchdowns in a recent state quarterfinal win, hauling in touchdown grabs of 65 and 48 yards, returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown and rushing for another. Memorial Day then bowed out in the semifinals on Nov. 23. 

It was part of a busy day for Frost, who went from Savannah to Alabama to see Graham before flying to Greenville, South Carolina, apparently to check in on offensive tackle/tight end Jimmy Fritzche. 

On Thursday, Frost is joining Greg Austin and Ryan Held to see verbally committed tackle Matthew Anderson in Leesville, Louisiana, Anderson said Wednesday. If the week is any indication, that won't be the head coach's only stop. 

A couple of Husker verbal commits in the Atlanta region tweeted about their in-home visits from Monday and Tuesday: 

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


Sports writer

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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