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Priority Nebraska QB prospect checks out Ohio State, Notre Dame
The Huskers plan on bringing in a scholarship quarterback in nearly every class. It won’t always be their top choice, unlike Adrian Martinez, who was coach Scott Frost’s favorite option at the position in the 2018 class. In the 2019 class, 4-star prospect Max Duggan makes the most sense at quarterback. He’s a Council Bluffs, Iowa, native. Given the proximity to Lincoln, he’s been on the Huskers radar since Mike Riley’s staff was in charge.
Duggan camped with Nebraska last the summer and took an unofficial visit during the fall.
With Scott Frost leading the way in Lincoln, Nebraska has continued to monitor Duggan. But the Lewis Central star’s recruitment has gone national, with more than 20 offers on the table. Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly reports that Duggan is set to visit Ohio State this weekend.
“A lot of the schools that have offered are even to me right now. I’m just going to see how these visits go and see where I’m at after that. I’ll most likely be making a decision this April,” Duggan told Donnelly.
Duggan will visit Notre Dame after his trip to Ohio, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.
— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) March 6, 2018
Things are moving along in Duggan’s recruitment. Nebraska will have to make sure it brings him to campus soon, either for junior day (March 31) or for the spring game (April 14). Hosting Duggan for both events would be ideal, especially since his decision will be looming around that time.
In terms of his 247Sports Crystal Ball, the Huskers have long held an advantage. However, Minnesota has picked up some momentum following Duggan’s unofficial visit with the Gophers last month.
This won’t be the last swing of visits for Duggan. Expect him to be very busy throughout March, criss-crossing the country as the nation’s top programs roll out the red carpet.
Former Nebraska commit signs with Louisiana
It turns out Masry Mapieu will not be going the junior college route after all.
Mapieu committed to the Huskers’ previous staff in the summer of 2016. But when Frost and the new staff arrived in December they were hesitant to let Mapieu sign his letter of intent, given the 3-star defensive tackle’s questionable academic standing.
So the York, Neb., native committed to play at Iowa Western with the goal of transferring to a Division I program after one season of junior college ball. That’s no longer the plan.
Steve Marik of the York News-Times reported Wednesday that Mapieu has signed with Louisiana-Lafayette.
After signing with Iowa Western CC, York's Masry Mapieu was offered by Louisiana Lafayette. Mapieu committed to Lafayette last night and sent in his letter of intent this morning #nebpreps pic.twitter.com/wqsvamNE0Q
— Steve Marik (@YNTMarik) March 7, 2018
Mapieu was the second-ranked player in Nebraska in the 2018 recruiting class and the No. 66 defensive tackle in the country.
Louisiana-Lafayette is led by first-year coach Billy Napier, who was the former offensive coordinator at Arizona State.
Nebraska in contention for nation’s top inside linebacker
There are 15 teams in the running for 5-star prospect Nakobe Dean. The No. 1 inside linebacker in the 2019 class has cut his list of 21 offers to 15, and the Huskers are included.
We reported last month that inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud had made some progress with the Horn Lake, Miss., native. Ole Miss, Alabama and LSU are the frontrunners for Dean.
— Nakobe Dean (@KobeDean2) March 8, 2018
Pulling Dean, the 24th-ranked prospect overall in the class, from the South will prove to be challenging. Also, the cutdown from 21 to 15 is not extreme. It may be time to celebrate more when the list becomes more exclusive and Nebraska finds a way to keep its name in play.
Recapping Huskers’ latest offers
The Huskers have extended scholarship offers to approximately 240 prospects in the 2019 class. Here are some prospects of note who recently received Nebraska offers.
Running back Cesare Mellusi, 4 stars, Naples, Fla.
Running backs coach Ryan Held is building a talented and expansive board for his 2019 recruits. The Huskers are likely seeking two backs in this class. No matter the number, though, they have to fit the style the offense dictates — the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and make plays in the open field.
Mellusi, who goes by Chez, is the class’ No. 19 running back prospect. He ranks No. 290 overall. Miami, Notre Dame and South Carolina are the frontrunners for him, and all three 247Sports Crystal Ball picks favor of the Irish.
Outside linebacker Jestin Jacobs, 3 stars, Clayton (Ohio) Northmont
Jacobs has good size at 6-3 and 210 pounds. The 41st-ranked outside linebacker in the class, Jacobs holds 16 reported offers. Cincinnati, Kentucky, Iowa, Purdue and Northwestern have been involved early, so there’s definitely a Big Ten flair to his recruitment. It will be interesting to see if the Huskers pursue the Ohio native, since the state isn’t one they usually prioritize.
Cornerback Jalen Alexander, 3 stars, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
It feels like Nebraska has offered the entire 2019 class at Grayson. The Huskers have been active with the program, which is a regional powerhouse. The priority prospect there is 5-star outside linebacker Owen Pappoe.
After receiving 20 offers, Alexander committed to Duke on Feb. 24. That didn’t stop the Huskers from offering the 6-foot corner, who ranks 54th at the position in the class.
Safety Tyler Owens, not rated, Plano, Texas
Nebraska became Owens’ first offer Wednesday, as the 6-2 safety has yet to receive interest from FBS programs outside of Houston, where he attended a junior day last month. Held is the area recruiter for Texas and will take the lead on this recruitment. Nebraska previously has succeeded in landing a rangy safety from Texas, with 2018 signee Cam’ron Jones.
Defensive end Nelson Ceaser, 4 stars, Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point
Ceaser is the No. 16 weakside defensive end in the class. At 6-3 and 220 pounds it’s likely Nebraska envisions him at outside linebacker. Ceaser has been linked to LSU and attended a recent junior day in Baton Rouge. He also was at Houston’s junior day and took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma in January.
Athlete Nick Jackson, 3 stars, Atlanta Lovett School
The No. 110 athlete in the class, Jackson is an interesting prospect. He’s ranked as an athlete but is listed as a wide receiver and outside linebacker, which is an odd combination. However, his size — 6-2, 220 — gives credence to that versatility. He holds 17 offers, with Big Ten programs Minnesota and Rutgers offering.
Virginia has the lone prediction on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
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