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2019 cornerback Cameron Stephens excited about Nebraska offer
Much has been made about cornerbacks in the 2018 recruiting class for the Huskers, but that doesn’t mean the coaching staff — specifically position coach Donte Williams — is going to neglect the position group beyond this cycle.
Of the 68 offers the Huskers have extended in the 2019 class, nine have been cornerbacks. The latest 2019 recruit to receive such an offer is Cameron Stephens, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. It was his second offer and first from the Power 5; the other offer is from Nevada. Stephens is not currently ranked on the 247Sports composite rankings and does not yet have a star rating.
— .22 (@_CamStephens) November 7, 2017
“I was very excited and felt blessed,” Stephens said when asked how receiving the offer from the Cornhuskers felt. “Nebraska is a great program.”
Some Pac-12 schools have also shown interest in Stephens, he told Scout.com’s Greg Biggins.
“I heard from Arizona State and Utah a little over the summer,” Stephens said. “I really like Coach [Sharrieff] Shah at Utah and hopefully recruiting will pick up for me. The knee feels great right now and I’m just waiting until about mid-season to get my tape out so we’ll see what happens.”
Stephens tore his ACL toward the end of his freshman season and the injury cost him his sophomore campaign, a large reason why he currently has a low number of offers. But the tape from his junior season was apparently enough to merit an offer from Nebraska, and his numbers have backed it up. Stephens’ 2 interceptions came in one game, and he returned 1 for a touchdown. He also has 2 passes defended and 17 solo tackles.
Other than those statistics, Biggins’ assessment of Stephens contains high praise.
“He has good length, runs well, shows physicality in run support and has all the tools you’re looking for in a next level corner,” he wrote.
Below are the highlights from his junior regular season:
A pair of Stephens’ Rancho Cucamonga teammates already hold offers from Nebraska: 4-star all-purpose back Sean Dollars and 4-star cornerback Jeremiah Criddell.
Huskers eyeing in-state prospect for walk-on spots
Omaha Burke offensive lineman Andrew Rheiner announced Tuesday night on Twitter he received a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska.
— Andrew Rheiner (@AndyrewRheiner) November 8, 2017
With that, Rheiner became the third prospect to receive such an offer this week, according to Nate Clouse at Rivals. Clouse reported that Gretna tight end/defensive end Morgan Bartman and Crete outside linebacker Klay Uher also received preferred walk-on offers. In addition to the many high-profile recruits on campus for the Northwestern game this weekend, Clouse estimates roughly 30 or 40 in-state prospects present.
Here’s what Clouse wrote about the push for in-state prospects.
“I don’t think I can ever recall a time in the last 15 years where Nebraska had this many walk-ons already committed as well as this many walk-on offers out. I don’t think we’re going to see this slow down any time soon either as it’s becoming clear that they’re finding and adding more new names to their potential walk-on lists seemingly every week. Something that I think is very healthy for the in-state prospects and especially Nebraska’s football program.”
I can’t help but agree with Clouse’s assessment. The glory days of Nebraska football were largely built around the walk-on program under legendary coaches Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne. Now, that was a different time, and the evolution of rules throughout college football have made those exact practices obsolete, but there are schools that utilize the walk-on program to their advantage.
A contemporary example of this would be Wisconsin. Sports Illustrated published a piece Wednesday explaining how more than half of the Badgers’ current team comes from within the state lines. I’m not saying every team should try to emulate one another, but Wisconsin and Nebraska are comparable recruiting grounds. There’s a history of such tactics in Huskers’ history and, perhaps most of all, it makes sense.
This is a good thing for Nebraska.
Men’s basketball commits sign letters of intent
Both of Nebraska men’s basketball’s verbal commits for the 2018 recruiting class signed their letters of intent Wednesday and are officially Cornhuskers.
Brady Heiman, the Platteview Senior (Springfield, Neb.) standout is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the state and earned a 3-star ranking, according to 247Sports. The other commit, Xavier Johnson, is also a 3-star prospect and is the No. 250 overall recruit in the country.
The recruiting process with Johnson moved quickly. He committed on Sept. 25 of this year, 10 days after his official visit with the school. He is 6-3 and 170 pounds, and is the No. 13 combo guard in this recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Officially a Husker!! ✍#GBR
— Xavier Johnson (@TheXavierJ0) November 8, 2017
Heiman is a 6-10 center who also had a rapid recruitment. After being offered during his unofficial visit on Aug. 6, he committed on Aug. 8. Until recently, Heiman was a 2-star prospect, but has since graduated to a 3-star ranking on 247Sports. He sits outside the top 300 in 247Sports’ rankings, checking in at No. 317.
— Platteview BBball (@Platteview_BBB) November 8, 2017
Of course, there’s a good chance Nebraska is not done in this recruiting class. Another signing period, lasting from April 11 to May 6, 2018 exists to secure another prospect, if necessary. Two scholarship spots remain open for this class.
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