Spring Practice 2016 Press Conference

LINCOLN, NEB - 03/02/2016 Nebraska defensive line coach John Parrella speaks to the media after being introduced for the first time during a spring practice press conference on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Memorial Stadium. MATT RYERSON/Journal Star

The quiet month of recruiting will soon be over, too.

While July is generally more of a nap than most months on the recruiting calendar, there's still some stuff hopping out there if you look out the right window.

You already may know that five-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis is planning another visit to Lincoln in a couple days.

But there's also been some interesting developments with some other key targets the Huskers are pursuing, including a four-star defensive lineman who just decommitted from UCLA.

Hunter Echols, from Los Angeles, has backed off his commitment to the Bruins and also told Greg Biggins of Scout.com that three schools he knows he'll visit are Nebraska, along with Notre Dame and Alabama.

"I'm not the kind of kid that needs a lot of attention or wants a lot of love from the coaches, I don't want people to think that's why I'm doing this," Echols told Scout. "I just want to be sure of what I'm doing and I think the most fair way to do that is to decommit and then see if UCLA is still the best spot for me."

He told one Scout reporter Notre Dame is probably his leader right now, but seems to have an open mind and the 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect probably isn't committing until the U.S. Army All-American game after the season.

One thing that's becoming clear is new Husker D-line coach John Parrella isn't hesitating in going toe-to-toe with other big boy programs for prospects.

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Now we'll see who the Huskers can get to raise their hands to join Robert Porcher and Deontre Thomas as commits in this class.

>>> Four-star defensive lineman Martin Andrus of Los Angeles has Nebraska not only in his top 10 but has told Rivals.com that the Huskers and Oregon are two schools he knows he'll visit.

The 6-foot-1, 280-pound defensive tackle is rated 17th nationally at his position. Aside from Nebraska and Oregon, his top 10 also includes USC, UCLA, Stanford, Michigan, LSU, Arizona and Washington State.

It really is striking on many kids from the Los Angeles area are giving Nebraska a long look right now. Think those inside the UCLA building are a tad perturbed with the Huskers right about now? That bowl win might have helped NU more than anyone knew at the time.

>>> For those who like recruiting announcements involving Nebraska, there's apparently one coming on Aug. 10.

It involves linebacker Kenneth Murray of Missouri City, Texas. He's got six schools still on his mind and included are the Huskers, led in recruiting by Trent Bray on this one.

It's about time to kiss slow season goodbye folks. The football and the recruiting is about to start heating up again.

Reach the writer at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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