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Recruiting: Four-star linebacker among eight recruits from Florida school attending Husker spring game​​
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Recruiting: Four-star linebacker among eight recruits from Florida school attending Husker spring game​​

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Jevon Glenn wants to make it clear: This is not a sightseeing trip.

The coach at Deerfield Beach High — a perennial powerhouse just north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, minutes from the Atlantic Ocean — is bringing eight of his best players to Nebraska the weekend of the April 21 spring game. Each is coming on business.

“They’re all super-interested,” Glenn said. “We don’t go unless we got guys that have full interest. We don’t just joyride. We’re coming for a reason. Those guys that have a high interest and definitely have an appetite for seeing it and checking it out.

“We’re coming to let them see what they need to see and talk to who they need to talk to to move along in the recruiting process. It will be a big weekend for my kids and I assume it will be a big weekend for Nebraska, as well, hosting those guys.”

Four recruits will attend the spring game. The only member of the 2019 class is four-star linebacker/defensive end Ge'mon Eaford, a four-star playmaker with more than 40 scholarship offers to most of the top programs. Three 2020 prospects will also be on the Memorial Stadium sideline: Jaylan Knighton, a four-star running back with nearly 30 offers; Bryce Gowdy, an unrated wide receiver whose offers include Auburn and Florida; and Deajaun McDougle, an unrated wideout with offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State and Michigan.

Four other Deerfield Beach players from the 2019 class will arrive April 22 after attending Kansas State’s spring game the day before: Miles Dickens, a three-star defensive end with close to a dozen offers including Auburn; unrated defensive ends Brandon Dorlus and Jamarius Landers, and middle linebacker Brandon Moses. Dorlus holds Power Five offers, including from Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Purdue.

The four Saturday visitors received offers from Nebraska on Dec. 5, three days after Scott Frost was hired and the first time the staff extended scholarships to recruits beyond the 2018 class. The quartet will attend Oklahoma’s spring game this weekend.

Glenn said NU outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt has long recruited Deerfield Beach, best known for producing quarterback Denard Robinson and sending players to Oklahoma, Alabama and Oregon in recent years. The high school has a cornerback, Aaron Robinson, at Central Florida, Dewitt’s former school.

“He’s a guy that we really trust and he tells us nothing but great things about Nebraska,” Glenn said of Dewitt. “So we gotta get out and see it for ourselves. He raves about it. He loves it. He’s definitely got our interest piqued at a high level.

“Everybody around knows Coach Dewitt. He was killin’ it here. I think he’s gonna kill it at Nebraska. Even with them getting the job late, they were able to get kids from Florida. Now with a full year under their belt, they’re getting guys to get out and check it out. We’re talking about some of the top guys in the country that they’ve already established relationships with.”

The highest-profile recruit from Deerfield Beach is Eaford, who Glenn said will be an early enrollee next spring at the program he chooses. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound defender started as a freshman and has developed into a force, racking up 77 tackles (21 for loss) as a junior.

Glenn said to expect a regular presence at Nebraska from Sunshine State prospects after what Frost and Co. did in Orlando the past two seasons.

“(Frost) left a big mark in Florida to the point where he came in and got other coaches to try to emulate his style and, hopefully, the success he had when he was at UCF,” Glenn said. “That’s something that wasn’t taken lightly by our high school coaches here. He really did impress us and that’s why he’s going to be able to recruit Florida at a high level still at Nebraska.”

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