Huskers shore up the 2018 class: a closer look at those who signed Wednesday

Huskers shore up the 2018 class: a closer look at those who signed Wednesday

By Tommy Rezac

Wednesday was National Signing Day, and Nebraska will secured signatures from six verbal commits in their 2018 class. Those six include:

  • Three-star defensive end Casey Rogers (signed 6:30 a.m.)
    • The 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect from Avon, CT visited the Huskers on Jan. 12 and verbally committed on Jan. 16. Rogers also had offers from Pitt, Virginia, Indiana, Oregon State, Cal, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan. With Nebraska being short-handed at defensive end, Rogers, along with Tate Wildeman, could provide immediate depth at a position of need.
  • Three-star athlete Miles Jones (signed 6:30 a.m.)
    • Jones had his official visit to Lincoln on Jan. 12 and verbally committed six days later. He decomimited from Vanderbilt on Jan. 16. Jones also had offers from Kansas, Navy, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Georgia. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete is ranked as a top 50 athlete nationwide and could play a number of different positions on offense and could contribute on special teams. He also brings a lot of speed with a 4.62-second 40-yard dash.
  • Four-star safety Cam Jones (signed 7:30 a.m.)
    • Jones is one of Nebraska’s more recent gets, announcing his verbal pledge on Jan. 27. He took his official visit back on Dec. 15. A once long-standing commit to UCLA, Jones decommited from the Bruins on Dec. 4; two days after Scott Frost was hired. The 6-foot, 200-pound safety had offers from Utah, Ole Miss, Baylor, Minnesota, Colorado, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Indiana and many others. Ranked as the 23rd-best safety in the nation, Jones fills a huge position of need for the Blackshirts as a player who could line up at cornerback or even play some nickel.
  • Three-star receiver Dominick Watt (signed 8:10 a.m.)
    • Watt was an early offer by Frost’s staff. He received an invite to join the Big Red on Dec. 5. Before even visiting campus, Watt pledged Nebraska on Jan. 18 and had his official visit one week later. The 6-foot-1 200-pound receiver from Hollywood, FL also had offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Oregon and many others. He’s one of five Florida targets that Frost has secured since coming to Nebraska.
  • Three-star safety C.J. Smith (signed 9:45 a.m.)
    • A native of West Palm Beach, Smith had been on Frost’s radar for awhile. He took an official visit to UCF on Nov. 10. The former Florida commit also had offers from Baylor, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, LSU and more. He took his official visit to Nebraska on Dec. 8 and committed just two days later. At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Smith is a ball hawk and ranks as the 26th best safety in the country on 247 Sports.
  • Three-star cornerback Braxton Clark (signed 9:45 a.m.)
    • A former Virginia Tech commit, Clark reopened his recruitment on Dec. 20 and took an official visit to Nebraska on Jan. 12. He verbally committed to the Huskers on Jan. 21. An Orlando native, Clark also had offers from Boston College, Rutgers and Bowling Green. Clark was the first and so far only pure cornerback in the class and fills a big position of need with Joshua Kalu and Chris Jones both graduating from the Nebraska program at the end of last season.

Deciding Today

Here’s a closer look at the rest of Nebraska’s targets that announced today:

  • Four-star linebacker Caleb Tannor (signed at 8:45 a.m.)
    • The consensus four star chose Nebraska over Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and many more. Tannor, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect, actually decommitted from the Bulldogs on Nov. 13, and visited Lincoln on Jan. 12. Tannor can also line up at outside linebacker, and will be a big pass rusher for the Husker defense. He’s ranked as a top-20 defensive end in the country. Tannor became the 20th signee in the Huskers’ 2018 class.
  • Three-star athlete Cameron Taylor (signed at 9:30 a.m.)
    • The 6-foot, 200-pound athlete from Park Crossing High School in Montgomery, AL was offered by the Huskers on Dec. 28 and took his official visit to Lincoln on Jan. 26. His final official was to Missouri on Feb. 2. He decommited from the Tigers back on Oct. 25 and had been favoring Nebraska since their late-December offer. Taylor played on the offensive side in high school, but has said he wants to focus more on defense in college, most likely lining up at cornerback. Taylor is the 21st signee in the Huskers’ 2018 class.
  • Three-star offensive tackle Willie Canty (signed at 10 a.m.)
    • The 6-foot-6, 290-pound prospect was one of Nebraska’s last official visitors, coming in on Feb. 2. A native of Belle Glade, FL, Canty also had offers from Louisville and Western Kentucky. This is another target that Frost had been watching for awhile. One of Canty’s first D1 offer came from UCF on Apr. 25. Frost’s staff had been working hard to land another offensive tackle in the 2018 class. Will Farniok is the only other signee in this position. Canty is Nebraska’s 22nd signee in the class.
  • Four-star running back Maurice Washington (signed at 1:45 p.m.)
    • This might be Nebraska’s biggest catch of the day. Washington is the No. 10 running back in the nation, the No. 26 player in Texas and the No. 207 player overall on 247 Sports. Washington is an all-purpose back who will be a threat to both run and catch out of the backfield. He can also cause problems for linebackers by lining up as a slot receiver. Washington took his fifth and final official visit to Lincoln on Feb. 2, and his signing day decision was between Nebraska and Arizona State. He also had offers from Tennessee, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and many others. Washington is the 23rd signee in Nebraska’s class.
  • Three-star receiver Andre Hunt (signed at 3:30 p.m.)
    • Nebraska’s final signee on Wednesday was their 24th of the class. Hunt was offered by the Huskers on Christmas Eve and waited until Feb. 2. to take his official visit. The Lancaster, CA native also had offers from Oregon State, USC, Colorado, Washington State, Utah and several others. Hunt is ranked as the 96th best receiver in the nation on 247 Sports. He has good hands and speed, and should fit in nicely to Nebraska’s core of receivers.

 

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