LINCOLN — When you’re looking for a pass rusher — and Nebraska definitely is — you’ll go wherever the search takes you.
In this case, that’s to Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, where there’s an outside linebacker who doesn’t have a recruiting ranking.
Not that Amare Barno is complaining. The 6-foot-6, 232-pound Barno is ready to see all NU has to offer during this weekend’s official visit, which will likely include the Husker basketball game against Creighton.
After logging 66 tackles and 4 1⁄2 sacks for Butler this season, Barno said he fits Nebraska’s 3-4 scheme that wants a long, rangy athlete who can fill a variety of roles.
“They need outside linebackers,” Barno said this week in a brisk, to-the-point interview.
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He’s one of several pass-rushing prospects Nebraska is considering, including Moorpark (Calif.) College’s Dru Mathis, who visited for the Michigan State game but recently visited Baylor. Two other California junior college prospects — College of the Desert’s Datona Jackson and Riverside Community College’s Nick Figueroa — are defensive ends stacked with offers and options for official visits. Jackson heads to Florida this weekend, and Figueroa will visit Virginia Tech.
Barno said he might get an offer from Virginia Tech or Oregon, but neither has yet. Nebraska is his best and only Power Five conference offer.
Barno was recruited to Butler from Blythewood (S.C.) Westwood High School.
“Butler kept recruiting me after I didn’t qualify out of high school,” Barno said.
As of Thursday afternoon, Barno was the only confirmed, uncommitted recruit slated to visit Nebraska.
Rahmir Johnson, a running back from New York City who plays for New Jersey prep power Bergen Catholic, also will visit Nebraska.
» Savannah (Ga.) Memorial Day receiver Winston Wright was scheduled to visit Nebraska this weekend before he reaffirmed his commitment to West Virginia on Thursday. Wright told The World-Herald he’s not visiting NU. His spot may have been taken by the commitment of Wandale Robinson on Wednesday.
» Jackson, the end out of College of the Desert, graduated high school in 2013 and didn’t play football for three years before he walked into the coaches offices of his new school and asked to sign up.
“I had always planned on playing,” Jackson said. He was working for his father’s auto detailing shop at the time. He still does, on occasion.
Coach Scott Frost visited Jackson on Thursday then headed to Scottsdale, Arizona, where Nebraska is targeting several prospects.
Defensive end Ty Robinson isn’t supposed to get his in-home visit until next week, so the Huskers may be checking on safety Noa Pola-Gates, who officially visited Nebraska during the season and takes his fifth and final visit to USC this weekend.
» Victor Viramontes, the quarterback-turned-linebacker from Riverside CC, visited TCU last weekend.