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Husker Recruiting Notebook: Another busy junior day; running back visitors; NU offers juco pass-rusher
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Husker Recruiting Notebook: Another busy junior day; running back visitors; NU offers juco pass-rusher

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Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of Husker Extra's recruiting notebook. 

Nebraska had a busy day all around on Saturday. Not only did the Huskers' practice include lively scrimmage sessions, but the school hosted another round of recruits for a junior day and had more than 110 former players in attendance as well. 

So, let's get to some updates: 

Maybe the most interesting developments out of NU's junior day were a couple of prospects who attended that appeared to be late additions. 

The first is three-star quarterback Luke McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colorado). 

McCaffrey, of course, comes from an accomplished football family. His father, Ed, was a standout receiver in the NFL. Two of his brothers -- Carolina's Christian and San Francisco's Max -- are currently in the NFL and the other, Dylan, is a freshman quarterback at Michigan. 

Of the two quarterbacks in the family, Dylan was a more highly touted prospect and started at Valor Christian for three seasons. 

Luke is in line to start full-time for the first time as a senior, though it's hard to find much fault in being behind Dylan and then Blake Stenstrom, who's on his way to Colorado. 

The youngest McCaffrey also shouldn't have too much trouble figuring out Valor Christian's new head coach, given that his dad started on the job in February. 

Another intriguing visitor: Three-star defensive end Mosai Newsom (Waverly, Iowa). 

The regional prospect made his second trip in three weeks to Lincoln and this time took in a practice. 

Listed at 6-foot-5, Newsom has offers from a good chunk of the Big Ten West and recently, according to HawkCentral, has been picking up interest from Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt. 

Iowa, of course, would love to keep Newsom from leaving the state and particularly from departing to a division opponent like NU or Northwestern. One factoid that might matter or might not: Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander -- a key figure in NU's recruitment of Newsom -- is not only an Iowa grad but is from Allison, Iowa, which is less than 20 miles from Waverly. 

One random junior day observation: Standing in the lobby waiting for practice to end Saturday, there were all kinds of people shuffling through. Ed McCaffrey came out in search of a bottle of water, former players milled around, so on and so forth. 

It would have been nearly impossible to miss four-star offensive lineman Danielson Ike (Kansas City). He is a large young man. 

Running backs on hand get up-close experience: The Huskers hosted two more running backs this weekend in Thomas Grayson (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Breece Hall (Wichita, Kansas). 

Grayson earned a scholarship offer late last month and wasted no time getting to campus for a visit, while Hall has family connections to the program. 

There was already little doubt that running backs coach Ryan Held was searching far and wide for backs in the 2019 class -- though both visitors this weekend came from the 500-mile radius -- and bringing in three over two spring junior days only reinforces the point. 

Held also had an interesting quote about how he wants recruits to watch practice when they're in town. Here's a hint: It's not standing passively on the sideline. 

"I want them by me," he said. "I want them to know what they're dealing with if they come here. They're going to deal with all of us, but I'm going to be the position coach. The thing we're going to do here is we're not going to be car salesmen. What you saw out there today, those guys, that's how we are. We're not putting on an act because 100 former players are there or recruits or anything. If you came out here and there was nobody in the indoor (practice facility) but us, that's how we'd be. 

"It's nice having more people in here and getting you a little more juiced up, but I don't care if we're in a parking lot, I'm still going to go out there and try to get these guys right and coach with enthusiasm." 

Hickman lands Oregon offer: Omaha Burke four-star tight end Chris Hickman visited NU unofficially on Thursday before the big junior day weekend began, then picked up an offer from Oregon on Friday. 

Nothing new here: Nebraska's got tough battles on its hands for both Hickman and teammate Nick Henrich. 

Another NU juco offer: The Huskers late last week offered Independence (Kansas) Community College pass-rusher Jermaine Johnson. 

A former high school teammate of JD Spielman at Eden Prairie, Johnson is listed at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds. 

As a freshman at Independence, he compiled 58 tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com 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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