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Big Red Recon: Business Picking up for the Huskers

August 20, 2020

The Huskers have been on a nice roll recently on the recruiting trail. The commitment train has kept rolling with Buford High School star Malik Williams being the latest addition to the 2021 recruiting class. The team has also been hard at work in the weight room and we’ve seen some videos on social media to prove that. Now the team will transition into the start of organized mini-camp on Friday.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

Marques Buford‍, Defensive Back, Cedar Hill, Texas

Gabe Ervin‍, Running Back, Buford, Georgia

Heinrich Haarberg‍, Quarterback, Kearney, Nebraska

Shawn Hardy‍, Wide Receiver, Kingsland, Georgia

Randolph Kpai‍, Inside Linebacker, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Henry Lutovsky‍, Offensive Lineman, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Seth Malcom‍, Inside Linebacker, Tabor, Iowa

Latrell Neville‍, Wide Receiver, Houston, Texas

Patrick Payton‍, Outside Linebacker, Miami, Florida

Teddy Prochazka‍, Offensive Lineman, Elkhorn, Nebraska

Will Schweitzer‍, Outside Linebacker, Los Gatos, California

Lardarius Webb‍, Defensive Back, Jackson, Mississippi

Malik Williams‍, Defensive Back, Buford, Georgia

Branson Yager‍, Offensive Lineman, Grantsville, Utah

2021 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> What seems to have happened with Alabama outside linebacker Christian Burkhalter is tough. He committed to Oregon on Thursday evening just two weeks after the Ducks offered him a scholarship. It stings for Nebraska who invested a significant amount of time in recruiting him. Burkhalter was hesitant to commit to Nebraska without visiting but felt comfortable enough to do so with Oregon. The Ducks are also better positioned right now to push for a quick commitment with prospects, and that worked with Burkhalter. I don’t expect Nebraska or several other schools to stop recruiting the Ducks’ latest commit. Especially if visits are allowed this fall.

>> I’ve hinted at this before, but Wisconsin offensive lineman Marcus Mbow choosing Arizona State was not a surprise to the coaching staff. Unfortunately, things just didn’t line up for Mbow and the Huskers. There were multiple occasions before the NCAA-mandated dead period where he was supposed to visit Lincoln which could have completely changed where he ended up. It wasn’t anyone’s fault those visits didn’t work out but in the meantime, Nebraska filled up at offensive line. Mbow is a good prospect and kid who could have a nice career in Tempe.

>> In last week’s Big Red Recon, I teased that we could be hearing more news on JUCO cornerback Nadab Joseph this week. Joseph announced that he will be making his college choice public on Friday at 7 pm. I think the Huskers have done everything they can to put themselves in position to land the top JUCO cornerback in the 2020 recruiting class. He’ll be immediately eligible if he picks the Huskers. I expect him to pick Nebraska giving the team another boost on the defensive side of the football. Joseph was committed to Georgia out of high school and has the physical tools to be a very good player in the Big Ten. The Keem Green situation last season will make people nervous to predict what type of role Joseph can have in Lincoln this fall.

>> One of the new prospects on the latest Greg’s Guys list was California defensive end Mandela Tobin. The Huskers have been recruiting him for a while now but have increased their focus on him recently. I’ll have more from him soon, but the defender really enjoyed his deep virtual visit with Nebraska. Academics, fan support and what Nebraska does with strength and conditioning plus nutrition is really standing out to Tobin and his family.

>> By now you’ve probably seen the videos that head strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval posted of redshirt freshman defensive end Ty Robinson. If you haven’t, let’s fix that.

Robinson has clearly been taking his nutrition and weight lifting seriously since arriving on campus last summer. As you can imagine the Huskers staff is very high on his potential to be a big-time player for years to come. Thinking back to a conversation I had with Dave Ellis last season, I asked him about Robinson then. Ellis’ eyes lit up and he told me then that Robinson would be a monster. Husker fans may get to see that sooner than later.

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