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Recruiting Ticker, Dec. 3: Huskers looking for linebackers
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Recruiting Ticker, Dec. 3: Huskers looking for linebackers

Nebraska at Maryland, 11.23

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost watches from the sideline late in the fourth quarter on Saturday at Maryland Stadium in College Park, Md. 

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 entered the December contact period with 15 verbal commitments and 11 total spots remaining in its 2020 class. The Huskers are still recruiting several positions for the current cycle, but linebackers, receivers and defensive backs are clear priorities, along with finding perhaps another defensive lineman. 

At linebacker, NU added two players late in November when the staff landed junior college players Junior Aho and Jamoi Hodge on the same day. So, as it stands, Aho joins Blaise Gunnerson (Carroll, Iowa) as players who project outside, and Hodge is the lone inside backer in the class so far. 

The Huskers are involved with multiple players at each spot and have already visited several in recent days, making the two linebacker positions among the most interesting to watch over the next couple of weeks. 

One of Nebraska's key targets at outside linebacker has long been Kaden Johnson (St. Paul, Minnesota), who's reportedly had the Huskers in-home already and will undoubtedly get a visit from head coach Scott Frost between now and Dec. 14. Even after Regen Terry (Florence, Arizona) committed to Arizona on Monday, there are still several prospects out there. 

A couple, such as Jared Ivey (Suwanee, Georgia) and Tuli Tuipulotu (Lawndale, California) already have used official visits to Lincoln and remain uncommitted. 

Another to keep an eye on: four-star Keyshawn Greene (Crawfordville, Florida). Nebraska could be in to see the 6-3, 200-pounder on Tuesday. The Wakulla High standout is currently committed to Florida State and has been since February, but the Seminoles are still without a permanent head coach. 

Greene ran a blistering 4.49-second 40-yard dash at The Opening over the summer and is considered the No. 169 prospect in the nation by 247Sports. 

It remains to be seen whether NU can get significant traction with Greene, who, according to his 247Sports profile, has official visits lined up to Miami this coming weekend and FSU the final weekend of the contact period. But an interesting name to watch nonetheless. 

Meanwhile, outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt was in Tuesday to see Tyler (Texas) Junior College pass-rusher DeVere Levelston. He is listed at 6-5 and 250 and played mostly with his hand in the dirt as a freshman. Like Aho and Hodge, Levelston has more eligibility than most juco players. He's an academic qualifier, meaning he should have three years remaining when he gets to a four-year college. 

At inside linebacker, the Huskers have already been in to see juco prospect Eteva Mauga-Clements in California.

A regional 2021 offer: Nebraska's not only trying to grow its 2020 class, but coaches are visiting the schools of younger prospects for future recruiting cycles, as well. 

Of many 2021 scholarship offers to go out in recent days, a regional one stands out as interesting. That's athlete/running back Devin Neal, who's not too far away at Lawrence High in Lawrence, Kansas. The Huskers had success in town for the 2020 class, landing four-star offensive tackle Turner Corcoran (Free State High) and now will try to get back into the city for the next cycle, too. 

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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