Welcome back to the Husker Extra recruiting notebook.
This time of year, schools are putting out a ton of scholarship offers as they prioritize positions and players and continue to identify prospects they like.
It’s always a little bit of an odd period, as schools are in very different places as it pertains to 2019. For instance, Miami already has 11 verbal commitments for its class, while USC has exactly zero publicly announced. The Trojans, though, had the No. 4-ranked class in the country for 2018 and there’s no reason to think they won’t finish high again in 2019.
Nebraska, of course, has two verbal commitments for 2019 and more prospects are announcing offers on virtually a daily basis.
And while the current offers span the scope of the roster and are going out to kids all over the country, there are a couple of themes that are already apparent.
One is that the Huskers are looking for at least one junior college offensive lineman. They’ve made several offers in recent weeks, including:
- Bamdele Olaseni, Garden City (Kansas) Community College
- Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Navarro (Texas) College
- Anthony Whigan, Lackawanna (Pennsylvania) College
- Corey Luciano, Diablo Valley (California)
All are listed as tackles at the junior college level. Olaseni, in particular, is enormous, listed on the Garden City website at 6-foot-8 and 360 pounds.
Aumavae-Laulu is interesting in the sense that the Huskers sniffed around on a 2018 offensive line prospect, Levon Livingston, at Navarro before Livingston eventually went to Memphis. Aumavae-Laulu is listed at 6-7 and 310 and is the No. 3 overall juco player in the country for 2019 according to 247Sports.
Huskers looking at juco linebackers: Ryan Held said recently that he doesn’t envision Nebraska as a school that takes five or six junior college players per cycle, but that, depending on need, he thinks the they’ll take between one and three per class.
In addition to offensive line, the Huskers are looking at at least a few juco linebackers.
NU recently offered Lakia Henry, a 6-1, 230 pounder at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College. Henry is rated the No. 2 juco player in 2019 by 247Sports and the top inside linebacker.
Graves ranked high: Interestingly, the top-ranked player in those rankings is Iowa Western defensive end Chester Graves.
Graves is among the players NU is showing interest in at IWCC. The Huskers have not yet formally offered a scholarship, but will be coming to watch him in the spring.
"Chester's a national recruit," IWCC head coach Scott Strohmeier told the Journal Star recently of Graves, who committed to Ole Miss out of high school. "He's pretty good. He's freakishly athletic. He's going to have his pick of where he wants to go."
Duggan aims for April decision: Quarterbacks tend to commit relatively early in the recruiting cycle and Max Duggan is likely to do just that. The four-star dual-threat and Husker target from Council Bluffs, Iowa is aiming for an April decision, according to 247Sports.
Council Bluffs (Iowa) Lewis Central Top247 QB Max Duggan is looking to commit in April. Top contenders include #Minnesota, the #Buckeyes, #TCU and #NorthCarolina. Visits are scheduled. The latest here: https://t.co/2VJrkawK39— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) February 28, 2018
Active in Iowa: In addition to Graves, his IWCC teammates and Duggan, the Huskers also have a scholarship offer out to Iowa product Mosai Newsom.
Newsom, a defensive end, is listed at 6-4 and 250 pounds and plays for Waverly-Shell Rock in the central part of the state.
Rivals and 247Sports both rank him a three-star prospect.
Very blessed to have received an offer from the University of Nebraska! 🌽 pic.twitter.com/MCCJ8fH25j— Mosai Newsom (@newsom_5) February 24, 2018
An in-state 2020 note: After spending a little time at Omaha Burke last week, it’s clear that college coaches like 2020 prospect Xavier Watts. Watts has early scholarship offers from Iowa State and Purdue and head coach Paul Limongi thinks he’ll attract a lot of attention in the coming months and years.
As a sophomore, Watts had 35 catches for 813 yards and nine touchdowns as a receiver and also played on defense. As a junior, he’ll play receiver and also free safety, Limongi said.
Watts is listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds and is also a talented basketball player. He is currently second on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game.