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You haven’t seen a ton of recruiting updates on the paper side — or here, even — and that’s in part for this reason: Nebraska’s going after big whales this year as part of coordinator John Papuchis’ more ambitious strategy, and a number of these battles for big names are going to go down to the wire.
No longer is NU looking just for niche players. It’s going national and fighting for kids who have a lot of voices in their ear and official visits to take.
Consider offensive line prospect Evan Goodman, who visited for the Fresno State game. He’s technically already committed to Arizona State, but took an official visit to Notre Dame Sept. 2 and will head to Auburn Oct. 14.
Or safety prospect Jordan Diggs, who made an unofficial visit Saturday and returns Oct. 7 for Nebraska’s game vs. Ohio State. Diggs is looking at several SEC schools, including Tennessee and South Carolina — which annually put together strong recruiting classes. Or five-star guys like defensive Jonathan Bullard and left tackle Andrus Peat, also coming in Oct. 7, and looking at every big-name team on the board.
It’s going to be a ditch fight for these kids. Signing Day stuff. In the last decade, Signing Day’s been pretty quiet around here, with one or two kids deciding for or against NU. Expect January to be a busy, busy month in Husker recruiting offices.
There are two notable exceptions, and both are taking their official visits this weekend when Washington comes to town: Quarterback recruits Tommy Armstrong and Alonzo Moore.
Moore, a Louisiana athlete who’s pursued the Huskers about as much as the Huskers have pursued him, is coming to town for the third time, and he appears to be down to two schools: NU and Mississippi State. I suspect he’ll pull the trigger and commit — if Nebraska wants him to pull the trigger.
Armstrong, meanwhile, is the San Antonio-area QB who seems to have narrowed his list to NU and Southern Mississippi. Nebraska OC Tim Beck has worked hard on this kid over the summer, and if he’s ready to be N, this weekend could be the time he does it.