It was a huge weekend for Coach Riley and the Nebraska Cornhuskers as they hosted their second Friday Night Lights camp of the year. There were stars aplenty in Lincoln with multiple top recruits coming in from the 2018 and 2019 classes and a few from the 2020 class as well.
The biggest surprise came Thursday afternoon when USC commit Raymond Scott announced via Twitter that he would be in town during camp. The Huskers, once thought to be only taking an outside linebacker this year, have recently made a move to court the talented inside linebacker from Narbonne High School and things appear to be moving in the right direction with him.
Finally get to see what this #GBR life about! 🔴🌽 📍Lincoln, NE
— Ray〽️ond (@RayScott22_) June 22, 2017
Secondary coach Donte Williams is leading the way with Scott thanks to his deep and long established connections from years of living and recruiting the Golden State of California. His connections and ability to relate with recruits have paid dividends for the secondary in the 2018 class and appear to be rubbing off on other positions as he helped bring Raymond Scott into the mix.
According to Scott, things moved quickly and he was curious to see if all the hype about Nebraska and its ravenous fan base were true.
“I’ve been talking to coach Donte, the new DB coach at Nebraska. We have some connections on the west coast and he’s been telling me about Nebraska and everything and I just came out to check it out. Things have been moving quickly (as) they’ve been getting to know me and I’ve been getting to know them.”
While Scott sat out of the camp activities and observed on the sides, the electricity from camp rubbed off on him as he was itching to get on the field and go through camp with the others.
“I wish I could have participated, it looked like a lot of fun so I was kind of disappointed in that. I actually had the five-star challenge camp last weekend and got a little banged up there so I was still rehabbing a little and getting ready for The Opening next weekend.”
“I was just there analyzing everything: Players, coaches, and especially the atmosphere of the fans; it was great.”
After Friday’s camp Scott was able to get a better look at what the Husker program was all about from the big man himself. On Saturday he met with coach Riley in his office before taking a tour of the facilities and the rest of the Nebraska campus.
“I went up there to tour the campus and before the tour I got to go in the offices with coach and we got to talk one-on-one about Nebraska and everything. I respect him (coach Riley) a lot. He’s a pretty neat guy. He has a great program on his hands and I respect him. I see great things happening with him.
As USC picked up a 4th linebacker commitment over the weekend from 3-star Kana’i Mauga questions arose about just how many linebackers USC would and if it affected Scott’s recruitment at all. Scott told us he is still committed to the Trojans at this point and we feel will likely draw out his recruiting well into the fall before he makes a change if any at all.
“It doesn’t actually affect me. It’s always great to have another guy (as) that’s even more competition and better players.“
While Scott didn’t flip over the weekend the Huskers will remain a strong player in his recruitment moving forward as he labelled the trip, “great” and wants to come back this fall. Raymond plans on scheduling an official visit to take in the Husker atmosphere during a gameday weekend.
With another strong recruiting weekend in the books for the Huskers and a limited class size this year it will be interesting to see how things play out in Raymond’s recruitment.
There isn’t a direct need for an inside linebacker in the 2018 class but the staff are continuously looking to bolster the roster with talent. As the transition to the 3-4 continues, strong linebacker play will continue to be key to the defense and players such as Raymond Scott will continue to be important pieces to the puzzle.
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