It’s been a busy week in the Omaha Metro area on the football recruiting front.
The pursuit of players like Omaha Burke 2020 standout Xavier Watts is well-documented, with Nebraska right in the thick of the race with the likes of Michigan, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.
Already, though, 2021 prospects Avante Dickerson (Omaha Westside) and Teddy Prochazka (Elkhorn South) have drawn big hosts of suitors to their respective schools as well.
The recruiting period opened the third week of April and both Dickerson and Prochazka — each already offered by the Huskers — quickly established themselves as among the most sought-after players in the state.
Westside coach Brett Froendt told the Journal Star on Wednesday that a host of schools, including NU, LSU, Michigan, Kansas State, Minnesota, Iowa State and Iowa, have been by to check on Dickerson, the talented defensive back, and that Alabama’s also sent information. Perhaps not surprisingly, former NU assistant and Pender native Bill Busch is recruiting Dickerson for LSU, and the Tigers offered this week, as did Iowa.
Blessed to receive an offer from LSU 🐯 pic.twitter.com/pq7uAuQmB5— Avante Dickerson (@_dickerson1) April 23, 2019
“Starting last Monday it got pretty crazy,” Froendt said. “It’s been nice for (Dickerson) to get that attention. He certainly deserves it.”
Dickerson (6-foot, 170 pounds) was recently ranked the No. 49 prospect overall in the 2021 class by 247Sports and the No. 3 cornerback in the nation.
Elkhorn South coach Guy Rosenburg said in addition to all the usual suspects, a few schools that don’t always stop by have been through like Michigan and Minnesota, to check on Prochazka, a 6-foot-8 offensive tackle prospect.
“It’s definitely been a steady flow of schools through here,” Rosenburg said. “We’ve been fortunate over the last several years to have good teams and good players and be centrally located, so we usually get good traffic through. But definitely this year there’s been more than normal.”
The Huskers first offered Prochazka, who Rosenburg said was up close to 280 pounds this spring after playing last year around 255, in October and offered Dickerson late in March.
— Teddy Prochazka (@TeddyProchazka) April 13, 2019
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Prochazka also has offers from the Wolverines, Gophers, Northwestern, Iowa and a host of others.
Check back with the Journal Star this weekend for much more on the pair of budding underclassmen and how the area’s recent run of high-major talent is affecting recruiting in the state.
A new 2021 QB offer: Nebraska offered a 2021 quarterback prospect from the South on Wednesday.
The Huskers haven’t had a ton of movement on the quarterback front in recent weeks, but then again quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco is still working well ahead at his position.
Verduzco’s been recruiting in Arizona, as well, but added Ty Keyes (Taylorsville, Mississippi) to the list of 2021 signal-callers with an NU offer.
— Ty Keyes (@TyKeyes8) May 1, 2019
To date, Nebraska has seven known offers out to 2021 quarterbacks and only Damatrius Davis (Houston) has been to campus in an unofficial capacity.
The first six offers came this winter before Keyes joined the list this week.
Earlier this spring, Verduzco explained how he goes about identifying potential targets when they still have two, three or even four years of high school remaining.
“It won’t affect the initial analysis,” he said. “Let’s say you’re watching 10 2022 quarterbacks and man, out of those 10 guys, there are four guys that are just really, really athletic. Those are guys you say, ‘Man, let’s do it.’ Right? The other guys, you’re not necessarily going to put them by the wayside because there’s a lot of maturity left. You’re going to keep an eyeball on them to see how they mature and if they get more athletic and faster, because sometimes guys at that age can be a little gawky, they haven’t grown into their body yet. So let’s keep an eyeball on those guys as we move forward.
“But, boy, you can see those guys that are really athletic at that age.”
Safe to say, given the offer, that Keyes, who is listed at 6-foot and 180 pounds, fits that bill. Keyes also has early offers from Mississippi State, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss and others. He is ranked a four-star prospect by 247Sports and is the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the class. He has not yet been ranked by Rivals.