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Big Red Recon: Adjusting On The Fly

October 12, 2018

We are back at it again Husker fans. This week, Nebraska heads to Evanston to take on Northwestern in what has become a game that fans feel good about. It feels like that optimism stems from the fact that coach Scott Frost has said the team is turning a corner and continues to practice better each week. 

Let's get to the recon.

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Matthew Anderson‍, offensive lineman, Leesville, Lousiana

Desmond Bland‍, offensive lineman, Yuma, Arizona

Tony Fair‍, defensive tackle, Pima, Arizona

Jackson Hannah‍, linebacker, Nashville, Tennesee 

Nick Henrich‍, linebacker, Omaha, Nebraska

Chris Hickman‍, tight end, Omaha, Nebraska

Rahmir Johnson‍, running back, Oradell, New Jersey

Michael Lynn‍, offensive lineman, Greenwood Village, Colorado

Luke McCaffrey‍, quarterback, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Dedrick Mills‍, running back, Garden City, Kansas

Jamie Nance‍, wide receiver, Blanchard, Oklahoma

Garrett Nelson‍, defensive end, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 

Mosai Newsom‍, defensive end, Waverly, Iowa

Quinton Newsome‍, defensive back, Suwanee, Georgia

Ethan Piper‍, defensive tackle, Norfolk, Nebraska

Garrett Snodgrass‍, athlete, York, Nebraska 

Ronald Thompkins‍, running back, Loganville, Georgia

2019 Needs

QB 0 DL 2
RB 0 MLB 0
WR 2 OLB 1
TE 0 DB 3
OL 3 K/P 0


Additional Recon

>>No. 1 Greg’s Guy, running back Wandale Robinson‍ has set his decision date for Nov. 1. Nebraska was named his leader after his visit to Alabama but this one seems to be trending towards Ohio State. It would be massive for Nebraska to get Robinson back on campus ahead of his decision since Lincoln is the only one of his finalists that has not been visited multiple times and I can confirm a report from earlier today from Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports that Robinson is looking at options for an unofficial visit over the next two weeks.

>>During Tuesday’s notebook I mentioned that Huskers cornerback commit Quinton Newsome‍ is having a big senior season leading some SEC schools to still be after him. Keep an eye on the Georgia Bulldogs as a team with interest in the playmaking defender. They could make a push for Newsome but their numbers are always tight because Kirby Smart recruits so well and the program is red hot. 

>>Last week ahead of the Wisconsin game, offensive line coach Greg Austin was up in Minnesota to see 4-star (HV Rating: 91.5) offensive lineman target Bryce Benhart‍. Austin saw Benhart’s team play and while the quick trip was under the radar, it’s said to have made an impression on the tackle. 

>>Speaking of coaches getting out to games, there’s going to be a shift to be more aggressive for the rest of the season to get to more prospects during the week. It’s always tricky because the staff has to focus on winning current games. It’s a safe bet that a combination of coaches will head down to Kentucky before Nov. 1 when Wandale Robinson announces his college decision. 

>>Another shift you are currently seeing play out is that Nebraska is still uncovering players for the 2019 class. There are two big reasons for this. First, the Huskers need to keep some guys warm just in case they miss on top targets. There are a number of prospects they expected would be in by now who have slowed things down because of Nebraska’s slow start. 

The other thing at play here is that Nebraska would like to be sitting around 22 commits ahead of the December signing period so they can laser in on some big fish left on the board for February. 

>>I also would not be surprised to see Nebraska hold some official visit slots for the spring and summer. While we all know the game day experience is second to none in Lincoln, it may be easier for Nebraska to get some of their out-of-region targets to Lincoln during the spring and summer next cycle. 

The spring game could become a new de facto game day official visit spot going forward as well. 

>>Last Sunday, I mentioned that St Louis WR Bryce Childress‍ left the Illinois class and has interest in the Huskers. Wanted to pass along that it sounds like he will be rejoining the Illinois class soon in an odd turn of events. The Huskers didn’t get too involved with him but they do need to break through the barrier with St. Louis prospects if resources are going to keep being used there. 

>>I’ve got a prospect for you guys to keep an eye on. 2019 OT/TE Jimmy Fritzsche‍ from Greenville High School in South Carolina. He stands 6-7 and weighs 245 pounds right now and is rising fast up schools’ boards including Nebraska. Fritzsche tells me that he is in regular contact with the Huskers and they like him at offensive tackle. Both sides are interested in setting up a visit soon.

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