Big Red Recon: Huskers Getting Things Lined Up
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Big Red Recon: Huskers Getting Things Lined Up

January 10, 2020

We have almost made it to the end of the dead period in recruiting. There is just one more week of the dead period left, which seems to have moved slower than ever. Perhaps it is related to the fact that the National Championship Game still hasn’t been played and it’s Jan. 10.

Husker coaches will soon be back on the road visiting prospects. I still expect a heavy 2021 flavor to the visits which is ultimately a good thing. Things are still slow right now but that will change quickly. 

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:

>> After Bishop Dunne (Texas) 4-star linebacker Brennon Scott left the Kansas recruiting class this week, I wondered immediately if the Huskers could be in line for an official visit after the dead period ends. Scott always thought pretty highly of the Huskers but the visit just never lined up. I am not 100% that he is visiting but it wouldn’t surprise me. He did cancel an official to Arkansas and I know SMU is involved. 

The Huskers are going to be pretty careful about who they bring in with just two spots left for 2020 and 20 official visits to use.

>> The Huskers’ website lists this year’s Red-White Spring Game date as Saturday, April 18, which does not interfere with an ACT test date. That’s great news because that day make sense to host a number of out of state priority 2021 targets for a visit. 

>> Speaking of priority 2021 targets, tight end Thomas Fidone has completely blown up. Georgia, Florida and Arkansas have all offered him over the last week. Ohio State is also lurking but hasn’t offered. The good news is Nebraska will get him back on campus soon. He will be in Lincoln on Saturday, Jan. 18 for Junior Day. The Huskers will have an opportunity to put distance between themselves and other schools with another solid visit. 

>> The speculation around coaching staff changes at Nebraska is hot right now. Obviously, the outside linebackers and special teams position is open currently. I still like Mike Dawson to return to take that role. The bigger question is if there will be more staff changes coming? There is nothing concrete enough to pass along at the moment. 

However, let’s look at the timing. Sunday, Jan. 12 is when the AFCA Coaches Convention starts in Nashville. That’s a great opportunity for coaches to continue networking. It also makes sense for any changes to be buttoned up before coaches can go back on the road next Thursday.

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