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Rumblings: Back on the West Coast

Nebraska is back on the West Coast as this week of in-home recruiting comes to a close. The coaches will be off the road and focused on bowl prep next week through the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1.

Terrell Newby is a highly sought Husker target following his big senior season.

The primary focus out west appears to be Terrell Newby. The Chaminade Prep running back said he’s expecting to host offensive coordinator Tim Beck and running backs coach Ron Brown for an in-home visit Thursday evening. The two coaches have been working on Newby since last April.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound back finished the season with 301 carries, 2,305 yards and 45 touchdowns for Chaminade Prep. In three years with the school he rushed for 5,794 yards and 97 touchdowns.

The Husker staff has been pushing for Newby since his first visit in June for Big Red Weekend. The running back had a great time on the unofficial visit and then came back for an official visit in September. It appears Nebraska is still No. 1 for Newby and his family, even after UCLA made an offer this fall.

Sources close to the Bruins recruitment say Newby is target of interest but he’s viewed more as a luxury than a straight need. UCLA stopped by for an in-home visit on Wednesday.

Newby would give the Huskers two extremely productive running backs in this class and bolster an already impressive running back group. Ed Croson, Newby’s coach at Chaminade Prep, said recently that his player would have no concerns about depth charts when it comes to picking out his next school.

Expect the Huskers to continue to push hard for Newby and look for a decision sometime in January. With the roster spots and the strong interest, NU will continue to wait for the back to come to a final decision.

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It’ll be a busy day for Beck and Brown as the two coaches will also stop by to visit Beau Sandland. The JUCO tight end was thrown for a loop when Nebraska graduate assistant and tight ends coach, Vince Marrow, left Wednesday for a full-time job with Kentucky. Sandland had built a strong relationship with Marrow and now Nebraska needs to sell him on the entirety of the coaching staff, not just one individual.

Nebraska tight end target Beau Sandland is hosting a pair of Nebraska coaches on Thursday.

Beck has a long-established relationship with Sandland as well. He’s been heavily involved in the recruitment of the tight end and is a good choice to do some damage control. If Beck can convince Sandland that he’s still a key target and the coaches are going to help him get to the next level, than it might be enough for the Huskers to remain out in front of Arizona State and Miami.

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Maliek Collins continues to pick up interest from Nebraska. Husker defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski stopped by the school yesterday to visit with Collins. The Huskers are in the market for athletic and disruptive linemen. More importantly, it appears Collins has genuine interest in Nebraska.

Collins has had the opportunity to meet with John Garrison when the NU coach came to watch his wrestling match last week, and the defensive tackle met John Papuchis before the Michigan game when he came on an unofficial visit. Thursday he met with coach Kaczenski for the first time.

“Coach K seems to have some fire to him and we like that,” Kansas City Center coach Bryan DeLong said. “Maliek got to spend 45 minutes with him. I thought it was good for him to come, being that he’ll be the one to coach Maliek the most if Maliek goes to Nebraska.”

The defensive tackle is also an outstanding wrestler. Collins competes this weekend but wants to also try and pull off an official visit to Nebraska at the same time.

“He’s trying to figure it out with wrestling but he is excited to get up there for a visit,” DeLong said. “He likes the coaches.”

Quick hitters

Nebraska assistant Terry Joseph is heading out to Phoenix. Is Priest Willis his target?

- Nebraska assistant John Garrison has been busy. The assistant was in Canada meeting with David Knevel on Tuesday but then headed to California to visit with Cameron Hunt on Wednesday. Hunt was a late addition to Nebraska’s board but he has a strong interest in the Huskers and is a likely January visitor.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Garrison headed north to visit with Aaron Cochran this week either. Nebraska is high on the lineman and would like to bring him along with the likely addition of Knevel at tackle.

- Top cornerback prospect Priest Willis was supposed to host Florida State for an in-home visit this week but because the Seminoles are short staffed no visit occurred. Don’t be surprised if the Huskers try to get Terry Joseph back over to see Willis soon. Perhaps even Thursday as coach Joseph was kind enough to tweet this out, “Headed to PHX…Last visit of the week!!”

The cornerback is set to visit LSU this weekend. The long-time plan for Willis has been to announce at the Under Armour All-American game if he’s ready to make a decision. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him pull back from that.

- This could be a quiet weekend in Lincoln for official visitors. Nebraska’s focus on JUCOs has several looking to commit soon and most have already visited the school. Right now it’s slated for current commit Nathan Gerry to take his official visit and potentially for defensive tackle Maliek Collins, if wrestling works out.

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