Husker notes: Big-bodied receiver planning NU visit; Nebraska building Hawaii groundwork

LINCOLN — Add another notable official visitor to Nebraska’s June 21 barbecue recruiting weekend.

Ajou Ajou, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver from Clearwater (Florida) Academy International, confirmed Saturday that he’ll be in Lincoln next week. Originally from Canada, Ajou, a three-star prospect according to major recruiting services, has quickly turned heads in camps. Clemson offered him a scholarship in early June. Oregon and Miami (Florida) offered in May.

NU still seeks a big-bodied wideout after just narrowly missing on Charles Njoku, who picked UCLA, in the 2019 class. The Huskers already have one 2020 commit who fits the mold in Bellevue West’s Zavier Betts. Earlier this month, Nebraska hosted another X receiver, Thad Johnson, from Beaumont, Texas.

NU building Hawaii groundwork

It’s going to take time in Hawaii.

Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander spent a week on the islands recruiting various high schools. Tuioti was a high school coach in the state and was a college coach at Hawaii, as well. Most of the 2020 prospects, Tuioti said, already have deeper relationships with schools that have been recruiting them for years, so some of NU’s work should pay off down the road.

“A lot of it is trying to recruit them early enough so we can build relationships with them and get them out here for a visit,” Tuioti said. “Trying to build the groundwork right now, we’ll be able to build something stronger with these kids.”

Tuioti said Nebraska is in “hard” on two or three kids in Hawaii.

Local linemen earn offers

Scholarship offers started coming quickly for prospects during the Pipeline camp.

Teddy Prochazka, who already has a Nebraska offer and several others in the Midwest, received an offer from Arizona State directly following the camp. Iowa Western defensive athlete Hayden Hatcher — a Council Bluffs Lewis Central graduate who ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at NU’s Friday Night Lights camp — performed in the Pipeline camp and got an offer from Kansas. KU also offered Blue Springs (Missouri) 2021 offensive lineman Beau Stephens, who called his mom down from the bleachers of Memorial Stadium to take a quick picture with Les Miles during the camp.

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