Reports are beginning to come in for the many official visitors to Nebraska’s 20-7 win over Iowa. As usual, the Memorial Stadium atmosphere — and top-down organization of the football — won over a number of players.
But the caliber of players the Huskers’ are after means automatic commitments aren’t forthcoming. It’s going to be a battle all the way into January.
Keep checking back here for more reaction from our recruiting partners at Huskers Illustrated.
Defensive end/tight end Nate Iese
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Sacramento-area product spent most of his visit with tight ends/offensive line coach John Garrison. But Nebraska coaches are open, he said, to letting him play whichever position he prefers.
“They told me they’d let me choose which position I’d like to play and they won’t make me play anything that I don’t want to play,” he told Huskers Illustrated. “I don’t know what I want to play, I’ll probably base that off of where they need me most.”
UCLA and NU look like the two finalists for Iese. The Bruins don’t get a visit from Iese until Jan. 13. That’s a long time for the Huskers to cultivate this relationship – especially considering the Bruins could dump head coach Rick Neuheisel.
Defensive end Avery Moss
The visit to Nebraska appears to have gone so well for the Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol product that he may cross Purdue off his list.
That doesn’t mean Arizona — which just hired Rich Rodriguez — and Arizona State aren’t still in the running.
“I’m strongly considering Arizona, Arizona State and Nebraska right now,” he said. “Arizona State offers me a lot academically and that extends beyond football. I know there is a lot of talk about the coaches there right now so we’ll see how that plays out. Even if the coaches are fired, I’m still going to consider them because of the academics.”
“Arizona is still on my list and I have already spoken to Coach Rodriguez. He called me to let me know I’m a priority and he wants to get to know me. It says a lot to me that he’s only been there a few days and already called me.”
Cornerback Marcus Rios
The former Boise State commit and four-star defensive back was blown away by his visit to NU, as it far surpassed a recent trip he took to Arizona State.
“The character of the players, coaches and everything was very good and that’s my main point,” Rios told Huskers Illustrated. “I know it’s a school where I can get pushed to achieve all of my goals. That’s what I liked best about it.”
UCLA is still in the picture for Elk Grove, Calif., native. And here comes Notre Dame on the rail. The Fighting Irish has recently turned up the heat on Rios and may get a visit from the 6-foot, 170-pounder.
JUCO linebacker Zaire Anderson
The three-star linebacker had been considering visits to West Virginia and Mississippi State. Those are apparently now off after he saw Nebraska in person Friday. Especially after Anderson saw Husker linebacker Lavonte David.
“I was looking forward to seeing Lavonte David play so that was pretty awesome,” Anderson said to HI. “I talked to him and everything. He’s an awesome player and an awesome friend. I hope to affect the program the same way he did it.”
Anderson, it should be noted, will get a long look as David’s successor at the Will linebacker spot. He might be more natural in the middle, which could slide Will Compton to the weakside spot in nickel/Peso sets.