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Big Red Recon: Dead Period Offers Huskers a Chance to Reset the Board

June 29, 2018

We have officially entered the slowest time of the year folks. The stretch between camp season and media days is a difficult one for college football fans everywhere but we will get through it together. As for recruiting, the current dead period runs from June 25 to July 24 and coaches aren’t allowed any in-person contact with prospects. However, this is a good time for the staff to take a quick vacation and also reset the recruiting board. 

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

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 3 K/P 0


Additional Recon

>>Last Friday, Nebraska hosted 3-star WR Jamie Nance‍ out of Blanchard, Oklahoma, for an unofficial visit. The speedy wideout made the trip with his family and all indications are he had a great time on his visit. A few days after his visit, Nance posted a fresh top seven that included the Huskers.

Right now, I feel pretty good about Nebraska’s chances here. Some of the current commits have talked about how they have Nance included on their group chat for the 2019 class, so he is growing close to possible future teammates. Also, Troy Walters and Ryan Held have been recruiting him hard and until we see otherwise, we should start giving Held the benefit of the doubt. Nance is a great fit in the offense and would be a welcome addition to the class.

>>I suspect that the end of July is the earliest we will hear any real updates on incoming freshman running back Maurice Washington. As things stand right now, he has graduated high school but that was never really the main hurdle. The big issue is whether or not he has enough core classes passed to be clear of the NCAA rules for eligibility to play football this season. There is a path that gets him on campus even if that isn’t the case. He will retake the ACT and if he scores 20 or better he will be able to take an academic redshirt this year. I believe that is the most likely scenario as of right now. 

>>Speaking of players making it to campus, one that was off the radar a bit was wide receiver Dominick Watt. The wideout from Hollywood, Florida, is not yet on campus because he still has one more online class that he needs to take and pass before he can come to Lincoln. Confidence is high that he will be in Lincoln this summer.

>>Back in February when I talked to 3-star running back Breece Hall‍ from Wichita, Kansas, about his Nebraska offer, he told me that it just meant a little more. Hall is a Husker legacy as his step dad played for the Huskers as an I-back. Since then, a lot has changed with the Huskers running back recruiting and they have landed some excellent prospects. On Thursday, Hall announced on Twitter that he would be committing to Iowa State.

Hall is a good prospect but there are only so many running backs Nebraska can take this year.

>>Last week we talked about Husker running back commit Thomas Grayson seeming a little shaky in his commitment. With that perception out there, don’t expect Ryan Held to be caught flat-footed should something happen with Grayson. I’ve confirmed that 3-star running back Wandale Robinson‍ out of Frankfort, Kentucky, will be taking an official visit to Lincoln for the season opener against Akron. The electric do-everything back has 3,276 all-purpose yards last season with 43 touchdowns. He has already taken officials to Purdue and Michigan this summer.

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