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Big Red Recon: Entering Stretch Run For Huskers’ 2021 Recruiting

October 02, 2020

We are one week closer to football being back. Coach Scott Frost said it well this week in his radio appearance.

“We have a light at the end of the tunnel, we have a goal to prepare for, we have competition on the horizon and it’s starting to feel more normal,” Frost said.

There is still plenty going on in and round the program as we get back to something close to normal.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

Koby Bretz‍, Defensive Back, Omaha, Nebraska

Marques Buford‍, Defensive Back, Cedar Hill, Texas

Gabe Ervin‍, Running Back, Buford, Georgia

Thomas Fidone‍, Tight End, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Mikai Gbayor‍, Linebacker, Irvington, New Jersey

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

AJ Rollins‍, Tight End, Omaha, Nebraska

Lardarius Webb‍, Defensive Back, Jackson, Mississippi

Malik Williams‍, Defensive Back, Buford, Georgia

Branson Yager‍, Offensive Lineman, Grantsville, Utah

2021 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> After losing a trio of four-star players from Florida out of the 2020 recruiting class already, fans were on edge about wide receiver Marcus Fleming appearing to be in Florida recently. While I can see why folks would be nervous, everything looks good right now. I can confirm that he is back in Lincoln. It remains to be seen if he will have to quarantine for two weeks or can begin working with the team immediately. The rapid testing should help him return to action faster.

>> As we wind down the 2021 recruiting class, it becomes even more of a talking point with how many recruits the team plans to sign. After attrition from 2020 and the possibility of more, it was a thought that Nebraska could take 25 or 26 recruits this cycle. My understanding is that the team’s number currently is 23. The Huskers are at 18 right now and I still expect the remaining five to be defensive players.

>> The running back room has potential this season but is unproven behind Dedrick Mills. The player that I’m hearing good thing about right now is Rahmir Johnson. Strength and conditioning has helped him add some weight which was needed. He also might have the best hands of the group. When he runs decisively he’s got the ability to break a long run with his top end speed. There is an entire camp ahead of us but I like him to be the No. 2 running back currently.

>> So much talk and attention has gone toward getting games played in the Big Ten and everyone wants to know Frost’s feelings on how the conference handled that. He spoke about that during his appearance on Sports Nightly Thursday evening. He also mentioned what it’s been like recruiting during this time.

“We’re typically as far away from our average scholarship student-athlete as anybody in the country,” Frost said. “We have to go all over to get them. We do really well when kids get to Lincoln and see what it’s all about and get to come here and experience it. It’s hard to recruit out of state when kids never have an opportunity to come see campus or come see our facilities and visit with us in person.”

It will be key to see if the Huskers can close out this class strong with prospects that would have an even better chance with if they could make it to campus.

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