On Wednesday, 3-star (HV Rating: 85.0) CB Javin Wright became the 20th known commitment of Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class. Wright is the second defensive back to join the class alongside Quinton Newsome.
Here are five thoughts on the commitment.
Position of need
When thinking through the top needs for Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class, I would put defensive back in the conversation with offensive line and a pass rusher. Landing the second of what should be at least four defensive backs is a good step toward filling an important need.
It can sometimes get a little tricky when recruiting players who are legacy players. For Wright, his father Toby Wright played defense at Nebraska. That means he was fully aware of all that came with Nebraska football. There was a pull on Javin to stay out west but following in his father’s footsteps while creating his own legacy at Nebraska won out.
Arizona has become a quiet hot bed for high school football. The state routinely produces quality Division I prospects. The Nebraska staff under Frost has really made a point to recruit the state with quarterback coach Mario Verduzco and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander handling most of the duties in the Grand Canyon State. Perhaps the commitment of Wright will help nudge two other priority targets in the state, 4-star DE Ty Robinson and 4-star DB Noa Pola-Gates, toward Nebraska.
Numbers get interesting at DB
Space is now getting tight in the defensive back room in this class for Nebraska. They will look to take no less than four players this cycle but there are a number of targets to keep an eye on. Jamel Starks, Tavion Mayo and Noa Pola-Gates have all already taking official visits to Nebraska. Josh Sanguinetti, Brandon Turnage and Markquese Bell are all scheduled to visit. If Nebraska can keep things rolling, they can afford to start being pretty selective.
When you have a cornerback that stands at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, you start to get excited about him being a potential lockdown player in the future. That could be in the cards for Wright but if that doesn’t happen, he could end up playing safety and being productive there. Perhaps he continues to add mass to his frame while working with head strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval and becomes a terror off the edge. Either way, his potential is huge. I expect Wright to pop up as a lot of people’s “sleeper pick” for this class.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.