The visitor list for Nebraska on the first weekend of June just keeps growing.
The NCAA’s dead period is set to expire June 1 and the Huskers are already up to eight expected official visitors for the following weekend.
The latest: four-star running back Justin Williams (Dallas, Georgia) and three-star tight end Chase Androff (Lakeville, Minnesota).
That pair announced their intentions to visit Lincoln across Thursday night and Friday morning, becoming the seventh and eighth known NU official visitors for the June 4 weekend.
Williams plays at East Paulding High and turned in a big junior season. The 6-foot, 200-pounder rushed for 1,477 yards and added 286 receiving yards, scoring 19 total touchdowns, according to his Hudl page. He is considered a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star by 247Sports.
"I feel like I had a pretty good season, but I still feel like I can improve next year," Williams told the Journal Star. "I’m not settling just for one good season. I want to have a way better season than I had this year next year."
He missed all but the first game of his sophomore year in 2019 with a broken foot, then burst onto the scene as a junior. Nebraska offered him in October and has been in regular contact since.
"I’ve been talking to (running backs coach Ryan) Held, (head coach Scott) Frost and (inside linebackers coach Barrett) Ruud from Nebraska," Williams said. "I know back in the day they used to be a powerhouse. I knew that they had the most running backs in the NFL, so that’s a pretty good school to go to if you’re a running back.
"I knew a little bit about it, but I wasn’t too heavily researching or anything like that, but I knew who Nebraska was and I’ve watched them on TV and stuff, so it’s not like they’re a stranger to me."
Nebraska is no stranger to running backs from the Peach State. The Huskers’ primary back the past two years, Dedrick Mills, is a Waycross native and played his high school ball at Ware County High. Two of the contenders for regular duty in 2021 are redshirt freshman Ronald Thompkins (Loganville) and Gabe Ervin (Buford).
Williams told the Journal Star he's also got official visits set up to Louisville, West Virginia and South Florida. He said he's happy just to be able to get out on the road this summer.
"Me, personally, I’ve been to one college, but I’ve never been far away to see what any other schools look like," he said. "It’s really exciting because I finally get to see what colleges and facilities look like in person instead of just in photos and videos and stuff."
He's hoping generally to make his college decision before East Paulding's season starts at the end of the summer.
"I want to build a good relationship with the coaches, obviously, but I want to go to a school where I’m going to be happy outside of football," he said. "I’m not going to be playing football every single day when I’m in college, so I want to go to a school where I’m going to be happy, where I fit in. And obviously a school that’s going to run the ball. I’m not stingy about running the ball, I don’t mind passing the ball, but obviously I want to run the ball as well.
"That’s pretty much what I’m looking for in a school is a place that feels like home and a place that feels right and gives you that gut feeling."
Androff, meanwhile, has offers from a set of schools that includes Kansas State, Michigan State, Iowa State, Central Florida and several Ivy League schools. He is listed at 6-6 and 230 pounds and is considered a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports.
His Hudl highlights from his junior season are full of in-line blocking work for what looks like a run-heavy attack at Lakeville South, but he’s clearly a good athlete and is also a standout basketball player.
Nebraska is his first publicly known official visit.
The Huskers are up to 10 known official visitors for June. That list will assuredly grow. Each program gets up to 56 official visitors per recruiting cycle.
|Official Visitor Name||Position||Hometown (School)||Expected Visit Date|
|Tyreke Johnson||DB||Jacksonville, Fla. (Ohio State)||6/2/21|
|Chase Androff||TE||Lakeville, Minn. (South)||6/4/21|
|Ashton Craig||OL||Lawrenceburg, Ind.||6/4/21|
|Nico Davillier||DL||Maumelle, Ark.||6/4/21|
|Valen Erickson||OL||Chicago (St. Rita)||6/4/21|
|Jalen Marshall||DL||Overland Park, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas)||6/4/21|
|Landon Samson||WR||Southake, Texas (Carroll)||6/4/21|
|Richard Torres||QB||San Antonio (Southside)||6/4/21|
|Justin Williams||RB||Dallas, Ga. (East Paulding)||6/4/21|
|Ashton Hayes||RB||Reno, Nev. (McQueens)||6/11/21|
|Tyler Martin||LB||Acton, Mass (BB&N School)||6/11/21|
|Grant Page||WR||Boulder, Colo. (Fairview)||6/11/21|
|Avery Powell||DB||Jersey City, N.J. (St. Peter's Prep)||6/11/21|
|Hayden Schwartz||DL||Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School)||6/11/21|
|Markeith Williams||DB||Orlando, Fla. (Evans)||6/11/21|
|Jake Appleget||ATH||Lincoln (Southeast)||6/18/21|
|James Monds III||DB||Fort Pierce, Fla.||6/18/21|
|Nathan Vail||DB||Kennesaw, Ga. (Harrison)||6/18/21|
|Jake Maikkula||OL||Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian)||6/21/21|
Meet Nebraska football's 2021 recruiting class
DB | MARQUES BUFORD
DB | KOBY BRETZ
TE | JAMES CARNIE
RB | GABE ERVIN
TE | THOMAS FIDONE
LB | MIKAI GBAYOR
WR | KAMONTE GRIMES
QB | HEINRICH HAARBERG
WR | SHAWN HARDY II
ILB | WYNDEN HO'OHULI
LB | RANDOLPH KPAI
LB | CHRIS KOLAREVIC
OL | HENRY LUTOVSKY
LB | SETH MALCOM
WR | LATRELL NEVILLE
OL | TEDDY PROCHAZKA
TE | AJ ROLLINS
RB | MARKESE STEPP
WR | SAMORI TOURE
DE | JAILEN WEAVER
DB | MALIK WILLIAMS
OL | BRANSON YAGER
DB | TYREKE JOHNSON
DL | RU'QUAN BUCKLEY
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