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Big Red Recon: Huskers Adjusting to New Reality in Recruiting

July 17, 2020

We have hit a slow period after a lot of constant activity for the Huskers on the recruiting trail. The team is still building relationships and trying to close on top targets but there is so much uncertainty right now in recruiting. A lot of the focus has shifted to players reporting back to colleges around the country and everyone’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Still, there are things to dive into behind the scenes with the Huskers.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

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

Patrick Payton‍, Outside Linebacker, Miami, Florida

Teddy Prochazka‍, Offensive Lineman, Elkhorn, Nebraska

Will Schweitzer‍, Outside Linebacker, Los Gatos, California

Branson Yager‍, Offensive Lineman, Grantsville, Utah

2021 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> It’s unclear how big of a trend it will become but with the dead period’s extension, prospects are electing to visit colleges on their own. When they do this, they can’t meet with any coaches but they can try to get a feel for what a school is like. Colorado tight end Gunnar Helm will be doing that early next week at Nebraska. Helm is one of the Huskers’ top targets at the position. The team still plans to add two tight ends this cycle.

>> The Huskers are hoping for some commitment fireworks on Saturday when 4-star wide receiver Latrell Neville announces his commitment. I still like the Huskers to be the pick here over Florida and Penn State. Neville would make an excellent pickup and is just scratching the surface of his potential even as a 4-star player.

>> There haven’t been many new 2021 offers lately so it stands out that cornerback Ladarius Webb Jr was offered last week. The Huskers were the first to offer the son of a former NFL defensive back. I got a quick comment from Webb on the feeling of being offered.

“It feels great. I can’t thank anybody but God,” Webb said. “I pray to that man every night and say, ‘God, I want it bad.’ I just want to be able to put a smile on my mom and dad’s faces.

“It definitely took a lot of work. The saying ‘blood, sweat and tears’, that’s what it really takes.

>> Even before former Nebraska wide receiver JD Spielman entered the transfer portal, there was a lot of talk around two teams for his next landing spot. Minnesota and Oregon State were always thought to be the two most likely places for him to try to play next season. The problem with that plan on Spielman’s end is that he needs multiple waivers to play next season and he needs Nebraska’s cooperation on those waivers. I have a hard time seeing Nebraska wanting him to go to a division opponent. A new team has emerged as a leader in the Spielman sweepstakes: TCU. There is still work to be done to get him eligible for this season but right now I think Spielman will finish his career in Forth Worth.

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