Butch Jones' Departure May Earn Cornhuskers a Commit

By Brandon Cavanaugh
Frank Victores – USA TODAY Sports

The Nebraska Cornhuskers may have to send Butch Jones a festive thank you note before the month is over.

Jones, recently named the new head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, leaves the Cincinnati Bearcats scrambling to keep their recruiting class in tact. They’re scheduled to host Orlando, FL wide receiver Dominic Walker this weekend, but with no head coach to meet him, the chances of that trip happening may be up in the air. Walker has been rumored to be leaning towards committing to Nebraska, but still giving the Bearcats consideration.

He’ll be playing in the Offense/Defense All-American Bowl on Dec 30, one of the many high school all-star exhibitions where prospects put on the cap of the school they choose to represent. Walker recently told the Orlando Sentinel that if he’s not wearing a hat representing the colors of the Huskers, it would “probably be surprising.”

According to the Sentinel, he was recently visited by Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck whose method of attack appears to rely heavily on a strong wide receiver corps. The Huskers already have the verbal commitment of Akron OH’s Kevin Gladney. Getting Walker’s signature in February would be icing on the cake for Beck. The Sentinel also reported that the Bearcats’ coaching staff did not update Walker on Jones’ status.

Beck wasn’t about to keep such information to himself.

Between the Cincinnati and the Huskers, Walker said, “I like both of them but I probably like Nebraska a little more because they have more to offer than Cincy.” That’s not what the Bearcats want to hear when hosting a recruit with no solid answers in regards to their eventual head coach. At this point, they can only offer promises. The Huskers can point to Kenny Bell and Quincy Enunwa as only two examples as proof of Beck’s offensive intentions.

Cincinnati’d better have its best pitch ready.

Brandon Cavanaugh is a college football columnist for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter: @eightlaces

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