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Dallas Craddieth has been recruited by much of the Big Ten for months.

The Huskers took part in the pursuit of the St. Louis-area standout under former head coach Mike Riley, but never quite felt like a hard-charger.

New Nebraska head coach Scott Frost made a point of stopping in and seeing him Thursday, though, perhaps signaling an increased interest from the new staff.

Craddieth, a 6-foot-1 safety at Hazelwood Central high in Florissant, which is in the St. Louis area, holds offers from Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and a host of other schools.

Frost visited with him before flying to Atlanta for ESPN’s College Football Awards show.

NU identifies, offers several targets in Georgia: The Huskers got Thursday morning started with an offer to Class of 2018 tackle Hamilton Hall from Atlanta.

Hall had an offer from Central Florida and announced in October that his five favorites were the Knights, Mississippi State, Maryland, Indiana and Florida International.

Recently, per his Twitter timeline, Ole Miss has ramped up its recruitment of him, as well.

Hall is listed at 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds and is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports/Scout and by Rivals.

NU also offered heralded 2018 defensive tackle Robert Cooper of Snellville, Georgia. The South Gwinnett High product is a consensus four-star prospect and is verbally committed to Florida State. His 247Sports profile lists him at 6-foot-2 and 377 pounds.

That makes at least a half-dozen offers in Georgia this week.

One of them, four-star safety Trey Dean, announced Thursday morning that he had decommitted from Tennessee. The Huskers offered earlier this week. Dean is sure to have many suitors, likely including much of the SEC. Dean, from Dutchtown High in Hampton, Georgia, reportedly took an official visit to Alabama last weekend.

Just as the Huskers worried about teams coming after their verbal commits in the waning weeks of Mike Riley's tenure, the new NU staff has made a bunch of offers to kids who are committed to schools that are going through coaching changes this fall.

The Ryan Held Tour heads South: Ryan Held spent Thursday making the rounds in Texas, including a scholarship offer to four-star Mansfield High safety Cam Jones.

Jones decommitted from UCLA on Monday and is fielding interest from schools across the country.

Held also stopped by Navarro College in Corsicana to see 6-7, 270-pound offensive tackle Levon Livingston.

NU offers defensive end in Iowa: Nebraska offensive analyst Frank Verducci was in Iowa on Thursday morning to visit with Zach Petersen. The Edridge, Iowa, native plays defensive end for North Scott High and his offer list includes Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas State and others. Petersen is listed as a three-star prospect by 247Sports/Scout.

Frost, Huskers pushing for Copeland: Late Wednesday night, standout Class of 2018 wide receiver Jacob Copeland tweeted that he had talked with Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander on the phone.

Copeland at one time was committed to Florida but has opened his recruitment back up. He was offered by the Huskers on Wednesday morning and the head coach wasted no time making sure he got in touch.

Copeland, from Escambia High in Pensecola, is consensus four-star prospect.

Contact the writer at 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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