Nebraska offer adds intrigue to recruitment of Gateway DL Dennis Briggs

New Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost and his former UCF assistant coaches have been trolling familiar waters this week and one of the biggest targets has become Kissimmee Gateway defensive lineman Dennis Briggs.

Briggs’ coach Marlon Roberts said Frost and crew will be in Kissimmee next week for a visit with the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder, who plays defensive end for Gateway and was in the Central Florida All-Star Game on Wednesday night.

Briggs, the No. 2-ranked player in the Sentinel’s 2018 Central Florida Super60, has been considered to be a heavy lean to Miami.

“[Miami] has always been high and I just have a great relationship with the coaching staff, Coach [Mark] Richt, Coach Kool [Craig Kuligowski]. They treat me like family and that’s all I can ask for,” Briggs said.

Watching Miami’s 10-2 season also had a bit of an impact on Briggs.

“It was exciting. Nobody really expected Miami to have that kind of turnaround in their season,” Briggs said. “I know they took an L in the ACC championship, but looking back on the season they came a long way and you can’t take that away from them.”

Nebraska officially offered Briggs on Thursday night and, besides Miami, he is also considering Louisville, Oregon, South Carolina and NC State.

He’s unsure of when he wants to make his college decision but he does know he will not sign during the early period (Dec. 20-22).

“Hopefully it won’t be a while, but it won’t be the early signing day,” Briggs said.

So what’s it going to take to win Briggs’ services?

“My two things I look for so far in this recruitment is comfortability with the school and the coaches and so far that’s what I’m looking into,” Briggs said. “I know each school has great academics … It’s really being comfortable and my parents being comfortable and them having in their mind that I’m going to be safe at that school.”

Chris Hays covers college football recruiting, as well as college and high school football for the Sentinel. Reach him at

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