With the recent de-commitment of wide receiver Manny Allen, the Huskers are in need of at least two more wide receivers to join the 2018 class if they want to revitalize the amount of depth at the position in the future. Out of respect for his privacy, we won’t focus on why Allen may have de-committed but rather turn our attention to the top prospects still left on the board.
Next Man Up
After chatting with Isaah Crocker the other day, I got the sense that Nebraska sits at the top of his list of schools to choose from. Oregon is certainly in play but with his official visit scheduled for the Arkansas State game, how he spoke about Keith Williams in our interview, and his close relationship with Bookie Radley-Hiles and Joshua Moore I feel confident in Crocker becoming a part of the Huskers’ 2018 class
I left out things from our conversation in the article, but will share this little bit that wasn’t published – Isaah’s dad is a longtime fan of Nebraska basketball. An odd connection given Husker Hoops’ recent history, but with several NCAA appearances in the ‘90s and an NIT championship during the ‘95-’96 season, it may not be as unusual as it sounds.
Crocker considered basketball to be his future until the summer after his sophomore year of high school so a trip around Pinnacle Bank Arena may be in order for when he and his dad trip to Lincoln this fall.
Behind Crocker, I don’t believe there’s anyone waiting in the wings to commit at this point. There are several top prospects across the country that coach Williams is pursuing heavily and has a good chance to land if he can get them on campus. I would expect to see fall visits set up soon for guys such as Michael Ezeike, Tommy Bush, Jalen Hall, Kobe Smith and Kamryn Babb.
A big-bodied WR at 6-5, Ezeike is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on. He dropped his top seven schools the other day and didn’t have the Huskers in the mix. While not in that group, he told 247Sports that the Huskers had been making a push and that, ”Coach Keith (Williams) at Nebraska is recruiting me the hardest of every coach” after receiving an official offer from the Huskers.
If I had my pick, the fourth wide receiver commit would come from California in rising athlete Kobe Smith. Like Crocker, Smith is new to giving football his full attention and in my opinion, he has not only the size, speed and skill to be a difference maker at the next level but he also catches everything thrown his way. He’s had a terrific summer 7-on-7 campaign and impressed at The Opening regional in Oakland.
Fans would be wise to keep an eye out for when/if Smith to comes to Lincoln. As an added benefit, he’s also teammates with 2018 defensive back Bryan Addison and 2019 defensive back Max Williams who are expected to visit Nebraska some point this fall as well. The Huskers are very interested in the entire trio as they would all make an impact for Nebraska at their respective positions.
Keeping an Eye On
While Nebraska isn’t leading for these next few guys, they share several connections to the Husker program and if they visit this fall, their recruitment would definitely be something to keep an eye on.
Chase Cota: The Huskers offered the talented Oregon wide receiver back in July and while he liked the offer, my gut tells me that he stays out West and likely commits to the in-state Ducks with USC having an outside shot as well.
— Chase Cota (@ccota_) August 1, 2017
Brian Hightower: A longtime Husker target and now Miami (FL) commit, Nebraska has kept in contact with him throughout the year and if he visits, he could be back in play again. It doesn’t hurt that he currently attends IMG Academy alongside Bookie and previously went to Calabasas High School with Keyshawn Johnson Jr and Husker quarterback Tristan Gebbia.
There’s at least one every season.
Amon-Ra St. Brown: The Huskers have continued to pursue the five-star talent and while they’re going up against some of the top schools in the country, there is always a chance if they can get him on campus. This is one of the longest shots but as the staff has routinely proven all they need is a visit.
Lawrence Keys III: Coach Williams has a history of taking wide receiver recruits from Louisiana and turning them into animals. If you don’t believe me, just ask the defensive backs that have to face Stanley Morgan each week in practice. While LSU is a heavy favorite for Keys, Williams is keeping the seat warm and has kept Nebraska’s name in the mix for the four-star recruit.
I wouldn’t expect much to develop here unless the Huskers can secure a visit from the Louisiana native.
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