Texas native Latrell Neville became the newest member of the Nebraska 2021 recruiting class on the Fourth of July. The 4-star wide receiver chose the Huskers over Florida, Penn State and others. He became the second wide receiver in the class as the Huskers continue to rapidly reshape the room.
Here are my five thoughts on the commitment.
Lubick Settling In
The latest addition to the Huskers coaching staff has found his groove this cycle. There were a pair of high-profile battles lost early in the cycle at the position. Omaha’s Keagan Johnson committed to rival Iowa. Speedster Jaylin Noel picked Iowa State over the Huskers. Lubick has rebounded nicely, adding Georgia native Shawn Hardy and now Neville. It’s been intriguing to follow how wide receiver recruiting is shifting under the guidance of Lubick.
Messing with Texas
The Huskers are trying to make a push into the Lone Star State as the staff finds its recruiting footing. With Neville in the fold, it should mark three straight recruiting cycles with at least one Texas native in the class. Texas native Omar Manning was in the last class. The hope is that Manning will increase the Huskers’ visibility in the state. Texas has been part of Nebraska’s recruiting blueprint going back to the school’s time in the Big 12.
Another Big Wide Receiver
The Huskers have struggled a bit during the start of Frost’s tenure to recruit different body types at wide receiver. They’ve found their stride recruiting smaller, shifty wideouts, yet haven’t been able to load up on players with a good size-and-speed combination. The last two cycles are starting to shift that notion. Zavier Betts (6-3, 190) and Omar Manning (6-4, 230) joined the team from the 2020 cycle. Shawn Hardy (6-3, 195) is now joined by Neville (6-4, 190). The Huskers will have a very different mix of wideouts soon.
Done for 2021?
Now that Neville and Hardy are in the recruiting class are the Huskers done at wide receiver for this cycle? Right now, I would say yes. Landing seven total wide receivers over the last two cycles balances out the numbers. If this 2021 cycle is going to be smaller than normal then there might not be room for a third wideout in the class. The Huskers are well positioned to focus hard on 2022 pass catching prospects.
Scratching the Surface
Neville is an incredible athlete with size and speed to spare. He’s highly-rated as a 4-star prospect. In talking to his high school coach Joseph Sam, he is just scratching the surface of his potential.
“Honestly, the sky's the limit with Latrell,” Sam said. “That's kind of the scary thing about it. I think some coaches get so caught up in wanting a finished product that they don't see the upside within a player. I think with a kid like Latrell, the fact that he's such a highly-touted recruit and he's just scratching the surface of what he can really do.”
The latest Husker commit could be in for a big senior season. He didn’t have time to dive into the playbook before his junior season. He transferred schools late. He was getting by on pure athleticism while still learning the nuances of the position.
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.