The first domino in Nebraska’s recruiting stretch run is set to fall Friday evening.
Now, the question is if it will tumble in the Huskers’ direction.
Four-star wide receiver Charles Njoku (Wayne, New Jersey) will announce his college choice at 6 p.m. Friday, he said via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
I will be announcing my commitment tomorrow at 7— C.C ΝJΘΚU (@Charles_Njoku3) January 24, 2019
Njoku is choosing between the Huskers and UCLA and has used official visits to those schools the past two weekends.
— Wayne Hills Football 🏈 (@WayneHills_FB) January 24, 2019
The receiver is listed at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds and was originally committed to Missouri until November.
One piece of the puzzle that remains is whether NU head coach Scott Frost will indeed visit Njoku. It doesn't appear that Frost has visited Njoku so far and it would have to take place Friday morning at this point.
Perhaps tellingly -- but remember, January is fluid -- Frost, offensive coordinator Troy Walters and running backs coach Ryan Held were in Oklahoma City to see wide receiver prospect De'Mariyon Houston on Thursday night.
The Millwood High standout visited Lincoln on Jan. 18. He was committed to Texas until December but did not sign. Houston has also visited Minnesota.
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Remember, the Huskers have four spots remaining and are most likely to use three now and keep one open for a transfer after spring ball. That means that every decision made by a prospect between now and National Signing Day on Feb. 6 not only matters in and of itself, but also causes something of a ripple effect for the rest of the prospects in the Huskers’ orbit at this time.
For instance, Njoku announces at 6 p.m. Friday and outside linebacker Dylan Jordan (Pittsburg, Kansas) says he’s shutting his recruitment down on Monday evening.
By that point, the Huskers could be on the brink of wrapping up their class or they could still have four spots open and be reorganizing how they plan to fill the spots.
States of emphasis: Frost has spent this week mostly recruiting areas that Nebraska will be active in for 2020 and moving forward.
On Wednesday, he made the rounds in the Dallas area, visiting schools such as Bishop Dunne — alma mater of Husker defensive linemen Damion and Darrion Daniels — Carroll and Cedar Hill, among others.
Then Thursday, Frost was in Oklahoma with running backs coach Ryan Held, stopping in Tulsa and also heading for Weatherford and Oklahoma City. NU landed receiver Jamie Nance from Blanchard for the 2019 class and is looking for more in 2020 and beyond. The Huskers have offered several from the state in 2020 — such as running back Sevion Morrison (Tulsa) — and in 2021 — such as tight end/defensive end Ethan Downs (Weatherford).
It was a pleasure to spend some time with @coach_frost and @CoachRHeld with @HuskerFBNation. Thank you both for stopping by @EHSEAGLE this morning and recruiting our @footballedison kids. We look forward to speaking again soon. #HuskerNation #GBR pic.twitter.com/3yJl5WPli4— Cory James (@CoachJames3) January 24, 2019
One unsolicited thought: The fact that Frost is out making the rounds and stopping in schools that feature 2020 and 2021 prospects could be taken as a feeling that the Huskers are comfortable with where they stand with their remaining 2019 targets. Or perhaps he’ll visit several next week. Or both.