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Recruiting Ticker, Dec. 10: Husker target decommits from SEC school; a midweek official visitor

Recruiting Ticker, Dec. 10: Husker target decommits from SEC school; a midweek official visitor

Iowa vs. Nebraska, 11.29

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost walks the sidelines as the Huskers play Iowa on Nov. 29 at Memorial Stadium.

Check out Husker Extra's Recruiting Ticker feature throughout the current contact period to keep up with Nebraska's whereabouts on the recruiting trail as National Signing Day (Dec. 18) draws closer.

Nebraska is set to host a midweek visitor on Wednesday in four-star wide receiver Alante Brown. 

Brown, originally from Chicago, signed with Texas Tech last winter but eventually went to a college prep school in Connecticut — St. Thomas Moore — instead of enrolling in Lubbock. 

Brown is listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, and is considered the top player coming out of a prep school in the country for this recruiting cycle. 

Brown visited Michigan State and Indiana in October, Maryland last weekend and is slated to go to Virginia Tech after leaving Lincoln. 

Offensive coordinator Troy Walters visited Brown on Dec. 1, the first day of the contact period, and now Brown is coming in for an official visit. 

Elsewhere, Nebraska is in heated recruiting battles for multiple receivers. The  Huskers are trying to flip Justin Robinson, who is committed to Georgia and also reportedly considering Virginia. They've been after Omar Manning for months, and Manning recently picked up a Texas A&M offer. On Tuesday, Miami wideout Marcus Fleming said he had received an offer from Ole Miss and new head coach Lane Kiffin. Fleming also has offers from Georgia, Florida State, Maryland and many others. 

It's going to be quite a test of NU's mettle over the next eight days and potentially beyond. 

Jimari Butler latest: Nebraska hosted outside linebacker Jimari Butler (Mobile, Alabama) on an official visit over the weekend, then had head coach Scott Frost in to see him back home on Monday morning. 

On Tuesday, Butler backed off his verbal pledge to Tennessee — he initially committed there in November — and reopened his recruitment. 

"(NU defensive coordinator) Erik Chinander has been great and he’s a really good recruiter," Murphy head coach Rico Jackson told the Journal Star on Tuesday. "He just sees using Jimari in various ways and all of that. Outside backer, he can put his hand down, he can stand up and do a bunch of different things. Coach Frost came down and he’s done a good job of recruiting him as well. He basically expressed the plan they have for Jimari and the things they can do with him.

"The biggest deal is that Nebraska has been really consistent, and that pays dividends in the recruiting world. Coach Chinander has done just a phenomenal job of being consistent and staying on him even when he was a one-time Tennessee commit. I’m really impressed by their staff and how they came in and they just stayed on him." 

Butler is taking an official visit to TCU this weekend, Jackson confirmed, and then plans to announce his decision before the early signing date. 

Frost to see more commits: On Tuesday, Frost left the Southeast — probably only temporarily, considering the large number of prospects in that area who are still considering the Huskers — to see NU's offensive line prospects for the 2020 class in Kansas. They are Alex Conn in Derby and Turner Corcoran in Lawrence. 

That will make about half of NU's known verbal commits that Frost has seen during the contact period. The head coach can only visit a recruit one time in each contact period. 

Frost has been in to see quarterback Logan Smothers, running back Sevion Morrison, defensive linemen Nash Hutmacher and Marquis Black, outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson, and was to add Conn and Corcoran on Tuesday. He may also have seen in-stater Zavier Betts and also was at Bellevue West late in Nebraska's regular season. 

Of the remaining group, Will Nixon is in Texas and Junior Aho is in New Mexico, but all the others — DBs Ronald Delancy III, Tamon Lynum and Henry Gray, and running back Marvin Scott III are in Florida, as are several of the players NU is still fighting for. 

Elsewhere, defensive line coach Tony Tuioti was on the East Coast to see junior college defensive lineman Pheldarius Payne, who attends Lackawanna (Pennsylvania) College but is originally from Suffolk, Virginia.

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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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