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Huskers set to host four-star LB Simon, a Jersey standout and prime target for Ruud

Huskers set to host four-star LB Simon, a Jersey standout and prime target for Ruud

Cody Simon

Linebacker prospect Cody Simon is attracting attention from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.

Rich Hansen has been the head coach at St. Peter’s Prep in New Jersey for 30 years, so praise the caliber of which he lavished on Cody Simon, his four-star linebacker, this week should not be taken lightly.

“He’s truly one of the best leaders we’ve had in the program ever,” Hansen said. “He’s got an unbelievable work ethic, he’s extremely articulate and bright and he’s got a really unique skill set. I think the sky’s the limit for him.”

Simon, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder, is taking an official visit to Nebraska this weekend. On the surface, he looks like a tough pull for the Huskers. For instance, Simon has an offer from Notre Dame, where his brother plays, and is visiting Ohio State officially in two weeks. He's also set to unofficially visit Penn State this month. 

Not only that, but NU lost its top East Coast recruiter over the winter when Mike Dawson left for a job with the New York Giants.

As it turns out, though, Hansen has extensive connections to NU.

“Joe Dailey, who was like my son, played there and I’ve been there several times. I've been there for weddings, I've been there for football,” Hansen said of the quarterback who played at Nebraska at the same time as Husker inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud. “The staff is awesome and the community is unbelievable. I’ve come to know Barrett really well from playing with Joe and now as the point guy for this recruiting process with Cody.

“And Coach (Scott) Frost was in (to the school), too. Great guy, personable guy. The thing that’s important for Cody and his family is the plan for him, and I think Nebraska has a really solid plan for him.”

The veteran coach convinced Simon and his dad to visit Lincoln unofficially and now Simon has the Huskers squarely in the mix.

“Nebraska checks a lot of boxes, now,” Hansen said. “The only thing I asked him to do is go into this visit with his eyes wide open and ask the questions that need to be asked and come away with a better understanding of the place and the plan than you had going in. And I think that will happen because Scott and Barrett and the staff have a great visit set up and they have a great plan for him.”

Simon is ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 12 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 155 player overall. Rivals lists him as the No. 187 player overall and the No. 9 inside linebacker. His coach says he can play anywhere you want him to and can do it well.

“He’s going to be a 230-pound something,” Hansen said. … “We use him all over the place. He’s so fluid inside. Reads fits and does so many things well from the inside, but he’s so athletic that we can bring him off the edge, play him in space, match him on backs or tight ends or slots. Does a lot of really good things on the edge for us.

“He’s a one-man personnel package.”

Corcoran to play in All-American Bowl: Nebraska is in good position to again be represented at one of the biggest high school all-star games in the country.

Verbally committed four-star tackle Turner Corcoran was invited Thursday to the Adidas All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January and indicated he'll play in the game. 

Last year, NU had defensive back Noa Pola-Gates, offensive lineman Bryce Benhart, defensive lineman Ty Robinson and all-purpose back Wan’Dale Robinson in the game.

2021 QB racking up offers: You want a fast-developing recruitment? How about 2021 quarterback Peter Costelli (Rancho Santa Margarita, California).

NU quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco offered Costelli a scholarship nine days ago, marking the 6-3, 210-pounder’s first Division I offer.

Since then, he’s added Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado and LSU, among others.

Costelli played his sophomore year at Racho Santa Margarita High and will finish his high school career at Mission Viejo High.

Costelli is one of nine 2021 signal-callers the Huskers have offered so far.

Decision time looming for Hutmacher? Four-star defensive lineman Nash Hutmacher takes his final slated official visit this weekend to Wisconsin.

Hutmacher, listed at 6-5 and 300, has already visited Nebraska and Oregon.

The “Polar Bear,” as he’s known, has plenty of time to make a decision, but could potentially make his choice any time after his visit to Madison. With more wrestling tournaments on the horizon this summer and football season coming up in August, it’s not difficult to envision the no-nonsense Hutmacher putting his recruitment to bed in relatively short order after finishing his visits.

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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