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Isaah Crocker announces new leaders, sets January commitment date
At one point, Nebraska was in the lead for 4-star wide receiver Isaah Crocker (Sacramento, Calif.). The Huskers’ favorable position with the No. 53 wideout in the 2018 class and No. 149 player overall, per the 247Sports composite rankings, was in large part due to the strong relationship he built with former receivers coach Keith Williams.
But when athletic director Bill Moos fired coach Mike Riley on Saturday and also relieved Riley’s assistants of their duties, Crocker had some reassessing to do. Now, Oregon and UCLA are the leaders, he explained to Greg Biggins of 247Sports recently. Coaches from both programs have visited with Crocker at his Inderkum High School this week. He has official visits scheduled with them, as well (UCLA on Dec. 8 and Oregon on Dec. 15). The recent hire of Chip Kelly at UCLA has intrigued him, Crocker told Biggins.
“That makes them really appealing,” Crocker said. “He’s a great coach and I love his offenses.”
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Perhaps the Huskers’ new hire can have a similar effect and vaunt Nebraska back into his top group. His official visit to Nebraska was on Sept. 2 for the Arkansas State game. But if Williams is retained by Nebraska, don’t be surprised if Crocker names the Huskers his leader once again, as 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions give Crocker a 53 percent chance of winding up with Nebraska.
“[Williams] is my favorite coach out of anyone that I’ve talked with so I’m waiting to see what happens there,” Crocker told Biggins.
— Isaah Crocker (@zaayc) August 30, 2017
With Oregon, Crocker said the entire staff has been recruiting him the hardest out of any other school. His official visit with the Ducks was Nov. 25.
“They hit me up all the time, every day, just to tell me good luck or have a good day at school,” Crocker said.
Crocker is also aware of Oregon coach Willie Taggart’s connection to the Florida State opening, rumors which heated up Friday when Jimbo Fisher took the Texas A&M job.
Crocker also has an official visit planned for Alabama, but if he decides not to take that visit, then either California or Utah fill the void of the final visit.
“Right now,” Crocker said, “I still don’t know what I’m doing so these trips will be big for me and help me figure out where the place for me will be.”
He will announce his commitment on Jan. 29.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Crocker had a solid senior season at Inderkum. In 10 games, according to MaxPreps.com, Crocker caught 17 passes for 527 yards (averaging 31 yards per reception) and 11 touchdowns. He also carried the ball 12 times this season, rushing for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In-state prospect adds to offer list
A couple of targets that will be key in-state recruits in future classes added to their offer sheets this week. Inside linebacker Nick Henrich, the No. 3 player in Nebraska for the 2019 class, picked up offers from Duke and Vanderbilt recently, Mike Sautter of the Omaha World-Herald reports.
— Nick Henrich (@nickhenrich_42) November 30, 2017
He’s a 3-star prospect and attends Omaha Burke. Henrich is teammates with the second-ranked player in the state, tight end Chris Hickman, who also holds an offer from the Huskers.
Nebraska has two 2019 commits and both are in-state prospects: 3-star inside linebacker Garrett Nelson (Scottsbluff) and Garrett Snodgrass (York).
2018 targets recipients of in-home visits throughout week
Without a staff, the Huskers have not been represented on the recruiting trail this week. Rather, the remaining staff is contacting recruits via phone from the program’s offices. Expect the new coach and his staff to hit the road early next week, but they will be somewhat behind, since other schools got a head start this week.
Here’s a look at Nebraska targets who hosted other coaches this week.
2019 QB Max Duggan, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Lewis Central): Penn State coach James Franklin stopped by Tuesday to meet with Duggan. The Huskers have already reached out to Duggan in wake of the coaching change, but it’s clear the 4-star prospect will garner national attention.
I can confirm Penn State head coach James Franklin just left Lewis Central HS. Nittany Lions among those who’ve offered jr QB Max Duggan.
— Kevin White (@KWhiteOWH) November 28, 2017
2018 WR Tommy Bush, Schertz, Texas (Samuel Clemens): The 4-star wideout has had four visits this week. Baylor, Ole Miss, Iowa State and Oklahoma State have made their cases to the Huskers target, who took an official visit to Lincoln on Oct. 7.
2018 RB Jeremy Banks, Cordova, Tennessee (Cordova): Banks has drawn a lot of late interest this recruiting cycle. The 3-star power back has been visited by Iowa State and Indiana this week.
— Jeremy Banks3️⃣ (@jeremybanks32) December 1, 2017
2018 ATH Bryan Addison, Gardena, California (Junipero Serra): Addison had the Huskers in his top 5, and the UCLA staff stopped by to see him earlier this week.
— Bryan ❗️ (@b_richesss) November 29, 2017
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