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One of the main target areas down the stretch for Nebraska in this recruiting class is adding offensive linemen.

The Huskers have just two in the class (Zach Hannon and David Knevel) after the decommitment last weekend of Dan Samuelson, who is choosing Michigan.

That makes this weekend a pretty important one. Because three of the recruit visitors this weekend are O-linemen.

There's Matt Finnin, who comes from the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Rivals.com ranks Finnin 37th on its postseason ratings of JUCO players

There's Dwayne Johnson from Houston, who has been considering Washington State, Arkansas, Virginia and Tulsa as other options. He visited Washington State last week.

He did tell HuskerOnline.com he knows Nebraska running back commit Adam Taylor. We'll see if that means anything advantageous for the Huskers.

There's Chongo Kondolo of Fresno City (Calif.) Community College. Knodolo is visiting Lincoln a week after visiting Tennessee. Arkansas and Wisconsin are also reported to be in the mix for the native of Zambia.

Other visitors this weekend include Husker linebacker commit Marcus Newby. He's the Newby who hasn't been getting all the press around here recently. But he does have four stars to his name just like running back Terrell Newby.

Also visiting is defensive back Boaz Joseph from Weston, Florida. Yes, another Florida kid.

Nebraska has gained three commitments from Floridians in the past month (wide receiver Dominic Walker and defensive tackle Kevin Maurice of Orlando, and defensive end Ernest Suttles of Tampa).

Kind of an interesting development considering Nebraska has signed just four kids from Florida in all the previous classes in Bo Pelini (kicker Mauro Bondi and offensive lineman Tyler Moore in 2011, Brion Carnes in 2010 and Antonio Bell in 2008).

And there's a kicker.

No, literally, there's a kicker visiting.

Pat Smith, who spent one season at Missouri and the next three at Western Illinois, received a scholarship release from the Leathernecks recently and wants to check out his possibilities.

So, according to HuskerOnline.com, he's going to visit Lincoln this weekend. He plans to graduate in May but then could enroll at a graduate program somewhere, leaving him eligible for one season of kicking.

He would not necessarily be a scholarship player. Nebraska already has one scholarship kicker on the roster in Mauro Bondi, who for the moment is the best-known candidate to replace Brett Maher this year.

Smith only attempted 10 field goals. Western Illinois was really bad on offense. But Smith did his job. He made them all.


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