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Recruiting ticker, Dec. 1: Husker coaches hit the road; WR target Bryan Robinson releases top five

Recruiting ticker, Dec. 1: Husker coaches hit the road; WR target Bryan Robinson releases top five

Friday Night Lights II, 6.21

Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost talks with 2020 running back Sevion Morrison (Tulsa, Oklahoma) during the second Friday Night Lights camp of June at Memorial Stadium on June 21.

The offseason is not yet 48 hours old, but Nebraska's coaches are already out on the road recruiting as a 14-day contact period opened Sunday. 

Teams across the country will visit prospects and host them on campus for the next two weeks before a dead period hits ahead of National Signing Day on Dec. 18. 

For Nebraska, that means a chance to go see the players that are already part of the 2020 recruiting class — the Huskers enter the contact period with 15 known verbal commitments — and also to continue recruiting its remaining targets, of which there are many. 

Let's get to a few updates. 

NU head coach Scott Frost is kicking off the contact period by visiting a couple of the program's verbal pledges. 

Running back Sevion Morrison (Tulsa, Oklahoma) just capped off a record-setting senior season for Edison High and confirmed to the Journal Star that he's set to host Frost, running backs coach Ryan Held and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco on Sunday afternoon. 

Morrison is a four-star prospect according to 247Sports Composite rankings and the No. 263 player overall in the country, while both 247Sports and Rivals consider him a three-star. 

After Morrison, Frost and Verduzco are headed to Alabama to see their quarterback for the 2020 cycle, Logan Smothers. 

Smothers' season came to a disappointing end in the playoffs when he suffered a rib injury and tried to play the next week but couldn't make it through a game his Muscle Shoals High team lost to the defending state champions.

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Smothers is a mid-year enrollee and will be on campus at NU in about six weeks. 

Florida WR leaves NU out of top five: Four-star wide receiver Bryan Robinson (West Palm Beach, Florida) visited Lincoln for the Huskers' Nov. 16 game against Wisconsin, but it doesn't appear he's likely to end up a Husker. 

Robinson announced a top five via Instagram of Florida State, Alabama (where he's set to officially visit later this month) Florida, Maryland and Pittsburgh. 

NU is recruiting several other receivers, including Marcus Fleming (Miami), Justin Robinson (McDonough, Georgia), junior college standout Omar Manning (Kilgore JC), Xavier Hutchinson (Blinn College) and more. 

Coates enjoyed official to NU: Nebraska's lone official visitor for its regular-season finale against Iowa was junior college defensive lineman Julius Coates (East Mississippi C.C.). 

Coates, listed at 6-foot-7 and 270 pounds, is verbally pledged to Colorado and has also officially visited Oregon. He said via Twitter that he enjoyed his visit to NU. 

Coates is originally from Rockford, Illinois. In 10 games as a sophomore at EMCC, he had nine tackles for loss and six sacks. 

Another juco defender, Niko Cooper of Hutchinson (Kansas) C.C. told the Journal Star he plans to take an official visit to Lincoln on Dec. 13, the final weekend of the contact period. Cooper is listed at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds and picked up an offer from NU on Friday. 

2020 Husker football recruits 

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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