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Recruiting: Huskers make inroads with underclassmen; Colorado commit takes official visit

Recruiting: Huskers make inroads with underclassmen; Colorado commit takes official visit

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AJ Rollins

Omaha Creighton Prep tight end AJ Rollins is one of three in-state prospects in the 2021 class with a scholarship offer from the Huskers.

LINCOLN — Nebraska used its final home game of the season to get a little more acquainted with players in future recruiting cycles.

Of the nearly 60 prospects who made the trip to Lincoln, fewer than half were seniors.

Omaha Creighton Prep’s AJ Rollins and Council Bluffs Lewis Central’s Thomas Fidone were on the field before kickoff. Nebraska has offered both tight end prospects from the 2021 class.

Offensive lineman Deshawn Woods, a sophomore at Omaha Central, was back in Lincoln for the second time in three weeks. Iowa State offered a scholarship to him last week while Woods was on a game-day visit in Ames. NU hasn’t made an offer yet, but Woods has the Huskers’ attention.

Quinton Conley, a 2022 wide receiver from Kansas City, Missouri, got an NU offer this summer. On Friday, Conley made his second game-day visit to Nebraska.

Nebraska made Jaxon Howard of Minneapolis their first known offer in the 2023 recruiting class Friday. Howard is listed as a 6-foot-3, 205-pound tight end or outside linebacker. Iowa State offered Howard on Nov. 16 and Arizona State was the first to offer Oct. 20.

One official visitor

Julius Coates

Julius Coates committed to Colorado last month but he took an official visit to Nebraska this weekend to see what the Huskers have to offer.

East Mississippi Community College defensive end Julius Coates was Nebraska’s lone official visitor Friday.

The 6-6, 270-pound pass rusher committed to Colorado in early October and visited Oregon this month. Along with Colorado, Oregon and Nebraska, he holds offers from Maryland, Kansas State and Arkansas. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Coates started his junior college career as a tight end at Ellsworth CC in Iowa before transferring to East Mississippi.

In six games, he had 30 tackles, six sacks and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns.

Commits in attendance

Nebraska has 15 known commits in the 2020 recruiting cycle. Three of them visited Lincoln Friday — Bellevue West wide receiver Zavier Betts, Carroll Kuemper outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson and Chamberlain, South Dakota, nose tackle Nash Hutmacher.

The trio were joined at midfield before kickoff by two Nebraska commits in the 2021 class — Elkhorn South offensive tackle Teddy Prochazka and Mount Pleasant, Iowa, offensive lineman Henry Lutovsky.

Of the 14 walk-ons in the 2020 class, nine were in attendance Friday — Nate Boerkircher (Aurora), Baylor Brannen (Millard West), Elliott Brown (Elkhorn South), Ashton Hausmann (Norris), Trevin Luben (Wahoo), Keegan Menning (Fremont), Grant Tagge (Omaha Westside) and Xavier Trevino (Lincoln Southeast). Out-of-state walk-on commit Camden Witucki of Grand Blanc, Michigan, also made the trip.

Photos: Husker recruits spend Black Friday in Memorial Stadium

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