Nebraska coaches will spend a significant portion of the time between now and Dec. 15's early signing period on the road recruiting and hosting players on visits back in Lincoln.
The Journal Star will be updating the latest on the recruiting front regularly in the recruiting ticker.
Here's the latest from Friday:
Nebraska's still in the market for high school defensive backs and the school has a touted one visiting this weekend.
Four-star cornerback Jaeden Gould confirmed to the Journal Star that he's taking an official visit to Lincoln as the first major move since his recruitment took an unexpected turn recently.
Gould, who attends Bergen Catholic in Oradell, New Jersey, was verbally committed to USC since June 20, but decommitted on Wednesday in the midst of the staff turnover there after Lincoln Riley was named the head coach.
Listed at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Gould is ranked the No. 185 player nationally by 247Sports and is also considered a four-star player by Rivals.
When he first committed to the Trojans, the recruiting sites thought another of the serious players in the picture was Penn State. The Nittany Lions' defensive coordinator, Brent Pry, just left that program to be the head coach at Virginia Tech.
Nebraska, meanwhile, has a couple of familiar faces on campus. Running back Rahmir Johnson attended the same high school as Gould. Outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson is a regular recruiting New Jersey and the East Coast, as well.
This time of year the official visit schedule is always fluid, but the Huskers are set to have a relatively small group this weekend.
In addition to Gould, three-star defensive lineman Brodie Tagaloa (San Francisco) is already on campus going through his visit. Class of 2022 verbal pledge and Millard South standout Gage Stenger is also slated to visit this weekend, as was defensive back Malcolm Hartzog (Bassfield, Mississippi) as of the middle of the week.
New 2022 offers out: The 2022 recruiting cycle is nearing its late stages, but Nebraska is still putting out new scholarship offers here and there.
Also on the list of offers is Elijah Griffin (St. Louis), who is an intriguing athlete listed at 6-4 and 200 pounds.
At Chaminade College Prep, he plays wide receiver and defensive back. According to his Hudl profile, Griffin had 501 receiving yards (23.9 per catch) and six touchdowns to go along with three interceptions and 31 tackles on defense as a senior.
Griffin told the Journal Star that secondary coach Travis Fisher has been his primary recruiter from Nebraska. He doesn't have an official visit set up and at this point is planning to wait until February to sign his National Letter of Intent rather than signing on Dec. 15. So, a player to watch not just in the next few days but over the next several weeks.
The Daily Portal: Nebraska continues to work the portal, including a Friday offer to a pair of Florida International players in wide receiver Tyrese Chambers and offensive lineman Miles Frazier.
Chambers (6-1 and 190) logged 1,074 yards on just 45 catches this fall and caught nine touchdown passes. He had several huge games, including 175 yards against Central Michigan, 201 and two touchdowns against Charlotte and 155 against Southern Mississippi last week.
Here's how much portal recruiting has become critical for coaching staffs around the country: Husker tight end coach Sean Beckton was working in Florida and met with Chambers in person within hours of Nebraska extending the offer. Schools all over are doing the same, either visiting portal targets or setting up shop near schools — like FIU or Oklahoma, for example — where a lot of players are transferring.
The Baltimore native has had an interesting career arc. He started his college career at Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College in 2018 but didn't appear in a game, then transferred to FCS Sacred Heart. He played there in 2019 but saw the 2020 season canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then he put up big numbers at FIU this year.
Chambers quickly added several Power Five offers after hitting the portal on Wednesday, including Arizona, Purdue, Indiana and Syracuse.
Frazier (6-6, 320) is another of the most sought-after names in the portal. He's racked up nearly 20 offers since entering his name, including Mississippi, Florida State, Auburn and Purdue.
Frazier appeared in one game in 2020 and then as a second-year freshman was FIU's regular starting left tackle.
The Huskers have now offered three FIU players, including offensive lineman Sione Finau, who picked up his offer earlier this week.
Nebraska also offered a second highly productive transfer receiver in New Mexico State sophomore Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda. Like most of Nebraska's other known transfer targets so far, the 6-0, 190-pounder has been a popular figure since going in the portal recently.
Garcia-Castaneda had 567 yards and four touchdowns on 36 catches in 10 games this fall for NMSU.
A kicker target emerges: Nebraska on Friday also offered FCS Furman transfer place-kicker/punter Timmy Bleekrode.
Nebraska is recruiting him as a place-kicker. He was 15-for-18 on field goals this season, with a season-long of 51 yards.
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