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Lincoln Southeast at Omaha Burke, 11/2/18

Omaha Burke's Nick Henrich (42) pumps up teammates on the sidelines during the first half of action against Lincoln Southeast in the Class A state quarterfinals on Nov. 2 in Omaha.

Two of Nebraska's 2019 verbal commits were honored Thursday for being the top players in their respective states. 

Inside linebacker Nick Henrich (Omaha Burke) and all-purpose back Wandale Robinson (Frankfort, Kentucky) were named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska and the Bluegrass state, respectively. 

Henrich missed time this fall with a knee injury but still had a major impact for Burke, which put together its first state championship season in school history and finished 13-0. 

Robinson, of course, is the newest member of the Huskers' 23-man class after flipping from Kentucky on Wednesday. 

He put up remarkable numbers for Western Hills High, accounting for 2,698 offensive yards and 41 touchdowns in 11 games as a senior and also leading his team with 118 tackles defensively. 

In addition to those two awards, receiver commit Darien Chase (Vancouver, Washington) was picked as the co-player of the year in Washington by the Seattle Times. Chase shared the award with his quarterback after a perfect season culminated in a state championship. 

Another pass-rusher visiting: Butler (Kansas) Community College outside linebacker Amare Barno will be among Nebraska's official visitors this weekend. 

Barno is listed at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds and is originally from South Carolina. For Butler this fall, he recorded 66 tackles and 4½ sacks. 

Per his 247Sports profile, Barno is also planning on visiting Florida Atlantic next weekend. 

Expect another solid group of official visitors overall this weekend for the Huskers. The group should also include a pair of verbal commits — running back Rahmir Johnson (Oradell, New Jersey) and offensive lineman Matthew Anderson.

Georgia WR affirms WVU commitment: Three-star receiver and West Virginia verbal commit Winston Wright had been attracting some serious attention from the Huskers recently. 

Frost visited last week and offensive coordinator Troy Walters stopped into Savannah, Georgia, to see the Memorial Day School standout this week. 

Wright, though, tweeted Thursday afternoon that he's locked into his Mountaineers commitment. There had been reports that Wright was going to visit Lincoln this weekend, but that appears unlikely now. 

Nebraska added the verbal commitment of Wandale Robinson on Wednesday and could still be looking at slot/receiver types even with Robinson plus receivers Darien Chase and Jamie Nance already in the class, but it apparently won't be Wright. 

DL Intrigue: Frost was in Southern California on Thursday to stop by College of the Desert in Palm Springs and see junior college defensive lineman Datona Jackson.

Jackson’s become one of the most sought-after juco prospects still available in the country and the Huskers are vying for one of his two remaining official visits.

He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, has already visited Colorado and UCLA, is headed to Florida this weekend and has several other big-name schools vying for his attention.

Defensive line has become one of the more interesting position groups to watch in recruiting as National Signing Day gets closer. Several outlets in Oklahoma reported that Oklahoma State defensive lineman Darrion Daniels, the older brother of NU’s Damion Daniels, will graduate transfer and spend his last year in Lincoln. On top of that, the Huskers offered 2019 defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao (Chandler, Arizona) on Thursday.

Then, of course, NU is still after prized defensive end Ty Robinson (Gilbert, Arizona) as well.

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