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The quarterback dominoes are about to start falling for Nebraska in the 2022 class.
MJ Morris, who visited Lincoln for the Red-White Spring Game, said via Twitter he's going to announce his college commitment Thursday. His finalists are Nebraska, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State.
That sets up an interesting few days for the Huskers. Morris, who plays at Pace Academy in Atlanta, has not actually met face-to-face with the Nebraska coaching staff because the dead period was still in place when he visited NU.
Morris has been linked more in recent weeks to NC State than Nebraska over the past couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, Nebraska is set to host Richard Torres (San Antonio) this weekend on an official visit, making him the first 2022 signal-caller to make it to campus at a time when the coaching staff can actually host players.
Torres (6-foot-6, 210) is an intriguing talent with a big arm, and his offer from NU earlier this year set his recruitment into motion.
Torres is also set to visit TCU next week and has an official visit on the books to Kansas State the week of June 11.
The Journal Star also confirmed on Wednesday that Nebraska is set to host three-star quarterback A.J. Bianco (Honolulu) on an official visit the weekend of June 18. Rivals first reported that he had an official visit set to Lincoln.
Bianco (6-3, 210) had only a limited spring season with St. Louis High, a Hawaii powerhouse, because of the pandemic and of course was not able to get to the continental United States to see schools over the past year. Even still, Nebraska has known about Bianco and been in touch with him for two years and is high enough on his ability to prioritize getting him to campus this month.
St. Louis High regularly produces Division I talent and is the alma mater of former Oregon quarterback and No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft Marcus Mariota.
Head coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco, of course, also had a high level of success with another Hawaiian quarterback in McKenzie Milton at Central Florida.
In terms of 2022 quarterbacks, Connor Harrell (Alabaster, Alabama) has also talked about getting to Lincoln, but likely not until the fall.
Torres has the first crack at coming to campus and Bianco won't be far behind, which puts that pair seemingly in focus at the top of Nebraska's recruiting board, assuming that Morris commits elsewhere on Thursday.
What will happen once the dominoes start falling?
Huskers open some camps to public: NU announced Wednesday afternoon that four of its camps this month will be open to the public.
Both Friday Night Lights camps — June 4 and June 18 — its 7-on-7 camp (June 13) and Adidas "Pipeline" linemen camp (June 19) are all open for the public to attend at Memorial Stadium and are free.
Both FNL camps are set to run from about 6-8 p.m. The Pipeline camp is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 and the 7-on-7 camp is an all-day-type affair, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
According to a school news release, seating for all camps will be limited to the West Stadium sections 21-31, but the West Stadium concourse will not be accessible.
Official visitor update: Nebraska's set of official visitors looks relatively steady at eight for this coming weekend, though those lists are always best labeled "tentative" until the guys actually show up on campus.
That group, which features Torres and seven others, can be found below. One relatively recent confirmation for a later weekend is defensive back Nathan Vail (Kennesaw, Georgia), who is taking his official to Nebraska the weekend of June 18.
Vail, listed at 6-2 and 190 pounds, told the Journal Star that he was at Boston College on Tuesday for an unofficial visit and that he's also planning officials to Georgia Tech and Duke.
He first announced an offer from Nebraska back on Jan. 26.
NU, of course, has several Georgia players on its roster, including safety Myles Farmer and incoming freshman cornerback Malik Williams in the secondary alone.
Scheduled Class of 2022 official visitors
|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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