Subscribe for 33¢ / day

It’s already been an active recruiting week in Nebraska.

On Monday, Norfolk Catholic lineman Ethan Piper became the third Nebraska verbal commitment for 2019, joining Scottsbluff lineman Garrett Nelson and York athlete Garrett Snodgrass.

Then Wednesday morning, former Husker commit and York defensive lineman Masry Mapieu decided to sign with Louisiana-Lafayette instead of enrolling at Iowa Western as he planned to do when he signed there in February.

Elsewhere, the Huskers have continued rolling out 2019 offers and are lining up junior day and Red-White Spring Game visitors left and right.

Huskers in top six for Ohio back: Nebraska is in the top six schools for 2019 running back John Bivens (Kettering, Ohio). Bivens, a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite, also put USC, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati and Toledo in his top group.

As a junior at Archbishop Alter, Bivens ran for 1,308 yards (9.9 per carry) and totaled 17 touchdowns in nine games.

Running back recruiting is heating up for NU, and position coach Ryan Held made clear on Twitter what he’s looking for when he’s evaluating players.

NU in final group for Texas receiver: The Huskers are also in the final eight for four-star receiver Garrett Wilson (Lake Travis, Texas).

Wilson announced a loaded group of finalists that also includes Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and Arkansas.

Building a Grayson connection: NU already has two Grayson High (Loganville, Georgia) players on the roster in linebacker Mohamed Barry and Ole Miss transfer defensive back Breon Dixon. The Huskers are trying to capitalize on those connections and take advantage of the talent pool in Georgia, offering multiple players at the school this week. They are:

2019 wide receiver Kenyon Jackson (247Sports composite four-star)

2019 tackle Trente Jones (247Sports composite four-star)

2019 tackle Wanya Morris (247Sports composite four-star)

Morris on Tuesday tweeted that he considers Auburn and Tennessee as his two finalists. Jones is verbally committed to Michigan.

More activity in the Peach State: The Husker coaches have talked about wanting to have a serious presence in Georgia, which is one of the most competitive recruiting territories in the country. On Tuesday, they offered running back Tyler Goodson (North Gwinnett), a three-star prospect who’s listed at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds.

Missouri junior racking up offers: The Huskers on Monday offered Moses Okpala, an enormous defensive end at Laude Horton Watkins High in St. Louis. Okpala is listed at 6-7 and 250 pounds and has been on a roll in recent days.

Since Feb. 28, he’s received offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and Wisconsin and holds offers from many other schools.

Just another sought-after regional prospect that the Huskers will be in on for the 2019 cycle.

Texas corner Wolfe back on the market: It's early in the season and a lot of players who are verbally committed currently will ultimately wind up somewhere else. 

One of those players is four-star cornerback Bobby Wolfe (Houston). Wolfe backed off a verbal pledge to Texas A&M on Wednesday, saying he wanted to fully explore his options. 

The Huskers offered Wolfe on Monday. 

Henrich keeps it rolling: Four-star Omaha Burke linebacker Nick Henrich continued his personal recruiting run on Monday, reeling in an offer from Oregon.

The Ducks join the Huskers, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Florida and a slew of others in what is shaping up to be one of the most high-profile recruitments for a Nebraska kid in recent years.

Update on York’s strong 2019 class: Another in-state note to wrap this thing up. York head coach Glen Snodgrass told the Journal Star on Wednesday morning that his son, 2019 Husker verbal commit Garrett, will be attending an NU junior day on March 31, as will classmate and offensive line prospect Noah Stafursky. The Snodgrass family will also be in town April 21 for the Red-White Spring Game. 

Stafursky, listed at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds and a Class B All-State selection by the Journal Star, is beginning to see his recruitment gain steam.

“A lot of the FCS schools. I think he’s going to North Dakota also to a junior day,” Glen Snodgrass said of Stafursky. “South Dakota State’s been down and inquiring about him and I think they’re fairly high on him. Wyoming’s asked about him. I thin in the spring you’re going to see him really pick up a lot with his recruitment.”

Snodgrass also said that 6-3 defensive back Brady Danielson, who was a first-team Super-State defensive selection by the Journal Star this fall, has the attention of Wyoming and several FCS schools.

“I haven’t talked to him so I don’t know if he’s been invited to any of the junior days at Nebraska, but he has a lot of the FCS schools and Wyoming also inquired about him and he’s going to the Nike Opening in the spring, so he might be another one where he could have some potential offers in the spring,” Snodgrass said.

That’s a pretty darn good baseline for the defending Class B state champion Dukes heading into the fall.

“It helps me be a good coach, I’ll tell you that,” Snodgrass joked.

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.

Load comments