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Rutgers vs. Nebraska, 9/23/17

Nebraska recruiting target Hayden Conner takes in the pregame atmosphere prior to the Nebraska-Rutgers game on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Memorial Stadium.

Even on a home game weekend that is not expected to feature a single official visitor, recruiting never really slows down for Nebraska.

Several factors conspire to make this weekend a tough one for hosting official visitors. Namely, an 11 a.m. kickoff makes it difficult for prospects who have games on Friday nights to get to town in time. Then factor in high school football playoffs around the country and also the fact that the Huskers are also at home next weekend -- the game time will be announced Saturday night or Sunday and NU could really use at least an afternoon kickoff -- and it figured to be a quiet weekend on the official visitor front.

Still, the Huskers are set to host a number of in-state players and walk-on candidates as well as a bunch of unofficial visitors.

That group will include a trio of touted 2021 teammates from Katy, Texas.

Tackles Hayden Conner and Bryce Foster are making the trip up with running back Casey Shorter, Conner tweeted Friday.

Conner, listed at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds as a sophomore, is already shaping up to be one of the most sought-after offensive linemen in the country for his class. The sophomore is ranked the No. 27 player in the country for 2021 by 247Sports and holds offers from a litany of schools including the Huskers, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and many others.

Conner is no stranger to Lincoln as he's been on campus multiple times already. 

His teammate Foster is the No. 29 player in the country in 247Sports' early rankings and sports an offer list that's just as impressive. Shorter is listed at 5-10 and 190 and doesn't have the same kind of attention as his teammates, but of course they all have two more years to play at Taylor High.

Also on campus will be 2021 defensive tackle Gabriel Rubio (St. Peters, Missouri), a standout at Lutheran High of St. Charles County.

Nebraska will have a sizable group of 2019 prospects on campus next weekend against the Spartans. It is expected to include a mix of high school and junior college prospects. 

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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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