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Reviewing the wave of Nebraska official offers

Micah Parsons - Twitter (@Micah_parsons23)

If you didn’t hear it on August 1, you weren’t listening. It was the sound of every major college football program in the country officially sending out offers to prospects to make said offers officially…official?

Anyway, Nebraska got in on the action plenty and it’s most definitely worth checking out some of the major prospects that sounded off about their offers.

Running back Markese Stepp

Currently a Notre Dame commit, Stepp appears to be a talent that the Huskers are going to fight for until he signs. With running back prospects to potentially take this cycle slowing to a trickle, running backs coach Reggie Davis finds himself with only a few available names and some are very firm such as Oklahoma commit T.J. Pledger.

It appears that Stepp is the Big Red’s best chance to get a running back for the class of 2017 and it’ll be a fight to get him. Regardless of whether or not Nebraska manages to take a back this cycle, taking two for the 2019 class still seems likely.

Wide Receiver Cameron Brown

Don’t I know you from somewhere? Yes, Brown was committed to Nebraska at one point before de-committing last June. However, he’ll be announcing his (re?)commitment on August 7. The four-star receiver has plenty of options. However, the consensus has him returning to the Huskers to be tutored by Keith Williams.

Wide receiver Chase Cota

The Huskers look to end up with four or five receivers in this class to help shore up depth for the coming seasons. One name on the list is Cota out of Medford, Ore.

It won’t be easy plucking this lanky prospect out of the Ducks’ backyard since if new head coach Willie Taggart has proven himself to be anything, it’s an excellent recruiter. Working with wide receivers coach Michael Johnson must also be enticing as he has a boatload of NFL experience.

Due to distance and the optimistic froth Taggart is whipping the program into, Cota’s likely headed to Eugene. However, if the Huskers can get him to chat with Keith Williams and see what the future has in store for the Nebraska offense, he might think twice about playing in the Pac-12.

Weakside defensive end Azeez Ojulari

Ojulari may play at defensive end for Marietta High School in Georgia, but his frame would likely place him at an outside linebacker position in Bob Diaco’s 3-4 scheme. Not only could he help control the outer edges of the second level, but put his hand in the dirt as a pass specialist much like Guy Thomas of this past year’s class.

Strongside defensive end Daniel Carson

Carson, on the other hand, is well on his way to growing into what Diaco might look for in his brand of defensive end. Defensive line coach John Parrella has been after him hard and there is some talk that recruitment of defensive front prospects may be winding down for this cycle. As Carson appears to be favoring the Huskers right now, an official visit might clinch his commit.

Weakside defensive end Micah Parsons

Believe it or not, one of the best prospects in the country — not just on defense but overall — appears to have more than just a passing interest in the Cornhuskers. Bookie Radley-Hiles was obviously going to be a fan favorite during last summer’s Friday Night Lights camp, but Parsons showed up and wowed the crowd to thunderous applause. He got the thousands of fans in attendance to chant his name unprompted as well.

Would Parsons be a Day One contributor? More than likely and he could do so much in Diaco’s system. He’s the kind of athlete that you simply accept is playing for three years because he might just be good enough to try his skills at the NFL Combine before that time. You know, just to see what the pros think.

Greedy Husker fans want nothing more than to have Parsons roam for quarterbacks and running backs while Radley-Hiles looks to ballhawk in the secondary. There’s nothing wrong with being greedy in recruiting and if Nebraska can secure a visit, anything can happen.

To comment or keep up with the author, follow Brandon on twitter at @eightlaces

A member of the Football Writers Association of America, Brandon has spent over a decade reporting on and researching college football, both the sport itself and recruiting.

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