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Big Red Recon: Cornerback Recruiting Comes Into Focus

July 13, 2018

We are now deep into offseason slow time, but that doesn't mean there isn't recruiting news to share. Big Ten Media Days will be here before we know it and everyone will have finished recharging their batteries with much-needed vacations. Despite Nebraska not having many official visits to use this spring, we're officially gearing up for the season so you'll start hearing more news about prospects setting up their visits. That will be where the real fun begins for the 2019 recruiting class.

Let's get to the recon. 

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Desmond Bland‍, offensive lineman, Yuma, Arizona

Thomas Grayson‍, running back, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jackson Hannah‍, linebacker, Nashville, Tennesee 

Rahmir Johnson‍, running back, Oradell, New Jersey

Luke McCaffrey‍, quarterback, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Jamie Nance‍, wide receiver, Blanchard, Oklahoma

Garrett Nelson‍, defensive end, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 

Ethan Piper‍, defensive tackle, Norfolk, Nebraska

Garrett Snodgrass‍, athlete, York, Nebraska 

Ronald Thompkins‍, running back, Loganville, Georgia

2019 Needs

QB 0 DL 3
RB 0 MLB 1
WR 2 OLB 2
TE 0 DB 4
OL 4 K/P 0


Additional Recon

>> The most frequent recruiting question I’ve received for this cycle is some variation of, “What about the cornerbacks?” The truth is that there wasn’t much solid information to share about the position until recently. Things are now starting to heat up with a handful of defensive backs in the 2019 class.

One player to keep an eye on is 3-star CB (HV Rating: 86.8) Tiawan Mullen‍. The tough defender was recently invited to the US Army All-America game. He also has Nebraska in his final group of schools, which includes Indiana, Pitt, Ole Miss and TCU. Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher, outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander are all involved in his recruitment.

I can also confirm that he will be visiting Nebraska officially for the Akron game.

>> Sticking with the defensive back position, there is another corner that will be visiting early in the season. Three-star defensive back (HV Rating: 82.5) Jamel Starks‍ from Southwest Dekalb (Ga.) High School told me he will take an official visit to Lincoln for the Colorado game. Starks, who holds 20-plus offers at this point, also said he is eager to experience the game-day atmosphere in Lincoln and being around the team in the locker room. 

>> Electric 3-star running back (HV Rating: 87.5) Wandale Robinson‍ from Frankfort, Ky., has been discussed here for the last couple of weeks so it should come as no surprise that Nebraska made his top six. Robinson released the final group via Twitter on Thursday.

Robinson quickly confirmed to Hail Varsity that he has two official visits set up so far this season: Sept. 1 to Nebraska for the Akron game and Sept. 22 to Alabama. He has already taken official visits to Michigan and Purdue. He will be an interesting test case on the impact of spring official visits versus traditional official visits built around a game day. 

>> After the news of Willie Canty‍ heading to a junior college broke on Wednesday, I wrote about the impact that would have on the 2019 class. One offensive lineman that I continue to hear good things about is 3-star (HV Rating: 85) Grant Treiber‍. The South Dakota native visited Nebraska back in April and enjoyed his visit. He is also very enamored with what Scott Frost is building. He has taken other visits since then including an official visit to Oregon.

Right now, I believe it’s a Huskers-versus-Ducks battle, but I’m hearing he is leaning towards staying closer to home. Nebraska has done a great job with him and he could be lining up a July announcement. I am predicting him to be ‘N’.

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