Big Red Recon: Huge Weekend on Tap For Husker Recruiting
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Big Red Recon: Huge Weekend on Tap For Husker Recruiting

January 24, 2020

Things are heating up for Huskers on the recruiting trail. The team hosted a small but important Junior Day last weekend. The coaching staff was busy out around the country this week meeting prospects and coaches and will host a huge Junior Day this weekend. There is next to no movement with the 2020 class which was expected heading into this month.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska

Marquis Black‍, defensive lineman, McDonough, Georgia

Alante Brown‍, wide receiver, Chicago, Illinois

Jimari Butler‍, outside linebacker, Mobile, Alabama

Alex Conn‍, offensive lineman, Derby, Kansas

Niko Cooper‍, outside linebacker, Memphis, Tennessee

Turner Corcoran‍, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas

Ronald Delancy III‍, defensive back, Miami, Florida

Henry Gray‍, defensive back, Hollywood, Florida

Keyshawn Greene‍, linebacker, Crawfordville, Florida

Blaise Gunnerson‍, outside linebacker, Carroll, Iowa

Nash Hutmacher‍, defensive tackle, Chamberlain, South Dakota

Marcus Fleming‍, wide receiver, Miami, Florida

Jaiden Francois‍, defensive back, Homestead, Florida

Tamon Lynum‍, cornerback, Orlando, Florida

Omar Manning‍, wide receiver, Lancaster, Texas

Eteva Mauga-Clements‍, inside linebacker, Pleasant Hill, California

Sevion Morrison‍, running back, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Will Nixon‍, wide receiver, Waco, Texas

Pheldarius Payne‍, defensive end, Suffolk, Virginia

Jordon Riley‍, defensive lineman, Durham, North Carolina

Marvin Scott III‍, running back, Port Orange, Florida

Logan Smothers‍, quarterback, Athens, Alabama

2020 Needs

QB 0 DL 0
RB 0 ILB 0
WR 0 OLB 0
TE 0 DB 0
OL 0 K/P 0


The Recon:

>> The Huskers might not be done kicking tires on wide receivers. I exchanged a few messages with Obi Obialo, a transfer from Marshall. The grad transfer told me that he is hearing from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and others. Obialo said that the Huskers are definitely in the mix with him. In the 2018 season, Obialo was second on Marshall’s team in receptions with 42 catches for 505 yards and four touchdowns. He hasn’t set a visit to Nebraska yet but it’s something to keep an eye on.

>> Hail Varsity reported Thursday that Coach Scott Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco would be in Louisiana to see 2022 quarterback Walker Howard. I was able to check in with the big-time signal-caller to see how the visit went.

“Those guys are fantastic and couldn’t of gone better,” Howard said. 

He and his father have been to Lincoln for a game already and the plan is for them to come back for one of the summer camps. They aren’t sure if it will be for the quarterbacks camp or a Friday Night Lights. Either way, the Huskers are doing well so far with a player will who be one of the top prospects in 2022. 

>> I still like the Huskers chances of adding Kansas State coach Sean Snyder to run special teams. It feels like an open secret at this point. That’s great news for Nebraska who struggled mightily on special teams last season. The son of legendary coach Bill Snyder would bring a proven track record of results to Lincoln.

>> It’s not often that I share news about rule changes but this one is worth it. Effective immediately, the official visit count will reset on April 1 instead of Aug. 1. That should have been a common-sense rule that was put in when the NCAA allowed schools to host juniors for early official visits in the spring/summer. It hurt Nebraska in a big way when Frost and his staff took over in Lincoln. The Huskers were caught up this cycle with 18 official visits left. The key thing to remember here is that on April 1, Nebraska will have 56 visits plus 6 they are allowed to carry over. That could allow for the Spring Game and Friday Night Lights official visit lists to grow. 

>> Nebraska had some strong additions to the inside linebacker room with the 2020 recruiting class. JUCO Eteva Mauga-Clements and Keyshawn Greene are both expected to contribute to the team early. That room is very crowded with Will Honas, Collin Miller, Nick Henrich and Luke Reimer all fighting for snaps. Joseph Johnson, Garrett Snodgrass and Zach Schlager are in the equation. Expect to see Jackson Hannah moved to outside linebacker moving forward. Hannah played outside linebacker in high school so the position isn’t totally new. His path to playing time may be quicker at that spot.

>> My predictions reflect this but Nebraska has great 2021 momentum right now. I feel good about the team’s chances with tight end Thomas Fidone, wide receiver Keagan Johnson and cornerback Avante Dickerson. Priority 4-star outside linebacker TJ Bollers is another to keep an eye on but the Huskers are in a battle with Wisconsin. His recruitment won’t end for a while. There are other top targets trending the Huskers’ way for 2021 as well that I’m not quite ready to put predictions in for. Things are going quite well since the team has been able to build longer relationships with this class. 

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