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Lynum on board after official visit; Conn set to announce plans; Moten has Huskers near the top
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Lynum on board after official visit; Conn set to announce plans; Moten has Huskers near the top


Nebraska's big recruiting weekend is already paying off. 

Defensive back Tamon Lynum (Orlando, Florida) announced his verbal commitment to the Huskers on Sunday morning, becoming the fourth member of NU's 2020 class and the program's first verbal pledge in more than two months. 

Lynum's visit to Lincoln for the weekend barbecue and Friday Night Lights camp was his third official visit, following trips to Kansas and East Carolina in recent weeks. 

"Man, where do (I) start. I have been blessed to make this decision," he wrote on Twitter. "I would like to thank god & my mom for looking over me & guiding me in the right direction. I would like to thank everyone who has guided me & led me in the right direction." 

Reached briefly by the Journal Star on Sunday, Lynum said he was traveling back to Florida following his visit and did not respond further.

Though Lynum is something of an under-the-radar prospect at this point, Husker secondary coach Travis Fisher knows Orlando as well as anybody and has taken a specific interest in the Evans High standout. 

Lynum is a multi-sport athlete at Evans and also runs track. According to, Lynum ran 22.74 seconds in the 200 meters this spring in a district track meet and also ran on both the 4x100 and the 4x400 relay teams. 

Lynum is a tall, rangy player at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds. During his visit, he spent much of his time with redshirt freshman defensive back Braxton Clark, who is also from Orlando. 

He joins a trio of players with four-star ratings from at least one recruiting service in quarterback Logan Smothers (Muscle Shoals, Alabama), wide receiver Zavier Betts (Bellevue West) and offensive tackle Turner Corcoran (Lawrence, Kansas) in the 2020 class so far. The latter two were on campus this weekend as part of Nebraska's recruiting efforts. 

OL Conn set to announce college choice: Nebraska offensive line target Alex Conn (Derby, Kansas) confirmed to the Journal Star on Sunday that he intends to announce his verbal commitment to the college of his choice on Monday. 

Conn was in Lincoln on an unofficial visit this weekend for the barbecue and said he had a good time catching up with players he already knew and also meeting new ones. 

"It was really fun," he said. "No complaints at all. I finally got to bring my mom up there, and she was very, very impressed with everything. She really liked it up there. The coaches were great as always, and the players seem like really cool guys." 

A social event like NU's recruiting day is the perfect setting for Conn. 

"I'm one of those guys where I can walk up to any stranger and become your best friend," he said. "I'll talk to anyone. Everybody there, they all were super nice. It's not that anybody kept to themselves, but they didn't have to brag or feel the need to show off. ... Everybody was super nice and everybody was super respectful. It was great." 

Conn is likely choosing between Nebraska and Oklahoma State on Monday. 

Four-star DB Moten high on Huskers: Joshuah Moten left his official visit to Lincoln with the Huskers running in great position for his services. 

"Nebraska is one of the top schools for me," Moten told the Journal Star on Sunday. 

The 6-foot defensive back recently decommitted from Penn State and has visited NU and Texas A&M the past two weeks. 

Moten, though, has a relationship that goes back much further with secondary coach Fisher. 

"Coach Fisher is my guy, that's my dawg," Moten said, adding that Fisher has been recruiting him hard dating back to the winter. 

Moten said he spent most of his time on campus with defensive quality control coach Jack Cooper, who is Fisher's right-hand man. 

"I loved Lincoln and the visit went great," Moten said. "I loved it all. It's a great university." 

Moten told the Journal Star he plans to verbally commit to a school before his senior season begins, and later tweeted that he'll be announcing his commitment on July 2. 

RB Morrison has special connection with Held: If you want an idea on how strongly 2020 running back Sevion Morrison (Tulsa, Oklahoma) feels about NU running backs coach Ryan Held, consider his comment after wrapping up his official visit to Nebraska. 

"I love Coach Held," Morrison told the Journal Star in a brief interview. "That's like my best friend." 

Such is the connection when Held has been recruiting the back for as long as he has. The Huskers were Morrison's first scholarship offer. It came just as Morrison, listed at 6-foot and 180 pounds, was putting up a prolific junior season in which he rushed for 2,7621 yards and totaled 37 touchdowns for Edison High. 

Morrison has since picked up several offers including Washington, Arkansas, Missouri and Baylor. 

Not surprisingly, though, the trip to Lincoln was a good one. 

"The visit was amazing," Morrison said. "I loved it." 

Morrison said Nebraska, "is high on my list," and that he'd like to make a decision either before his senior season starts or within the first couple of games. 

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars
Zavier Betts WR 6-2 190 Omaha (Bellevue West) ****
Marquis Black DL 6-4 280 McDonough, Ga. (Eagle's Landing) ***
Alante Brown WR 6-0 190 Chicago (Simeon) ****
Jimari Butler OLB 6-5 215 Mobile, Ala. (Murphy) ***
Alex Conn OT 6-6 280 Derby, Kansas ***
Niko Cooper OLB 6-5 220 Memphis, Tenn. (Hutchinson C.C.) ***
Turner Corcoran OT 6-6 280 Lawrence, Kan. (Free State) ****
Ronald Delancy III DB 5-11 190 Miami (Northwestern) ***
Marcus Fleming WR 5-10 160 Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) ****
Jaiden Francois CB 6-0 185 Homestead, Fla. ****
Henry Gray DB 6-0 175 Miami (Central) ****
Keyshawn Greene LB 6-3 205 Crawfordville, Fla. (Wakulla) ****
Blaise Gunnerson OLB 6-5 250 Carroll, Iowa (Kuemper) ****
Nash Hutmacher DT 6-5 305 Chamberlain, South Dakota ***
Tamon Lynum DB 6-2 170 Orlando, Fla. (Evans) ***
Omar Manning WR 6-4 225 Lancaster, Texas (Kilgore College) ****
Eteva Mauga-Clements ILB 6-2 210 Pleasant Hill, Calif. (Diablo Vall. College) ***
Sevion Morrison RB 6-0 200 Tulsa, Oklahoma (Edison) ****
William Nixon WR 5-11 185 Waco, Texas (Midway) ***
Pheldarius Payne DE 6-3 270 Suffolk, Va. (Lackawanna CC) ***
Jordon Riley DE 6-5 300 Durhan, N.C. (Garden City C.C.) ***
Marvin Scott III RB 5-9 205 Port Orange, Fla. (Spruce Creek) ***
Logan Smothers QB 6-2 180 Muscle Shoals, Ala. ****

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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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