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Big Red Recon: Huskers Heating up on Recruiting Trail

July 02, 2020

It’s been a great week on the recruiting trail for the Huskers. It’s not often that walk-on additions are given this much ink but it has been warranted this week. The team added walk-on defensive back Darius Moore from Iowa Western Community College, landed the first running back commit of the cycle in Gabe Ervin and added Iowa transfer Ezra Miller. Nebraska is hoping to keep the momentum going as we get closer to July 4.

It’s normally a busy time of year for recruiting and even with everything going on that is still the case for Nebraska.

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:

>> Like I said above, the Huskers have been a run lately. The great news is that it could just be getting started. With the dead period being extended to August 31, there could be more targets that decide to shut things down if they have a good feeling on where they want to go. Let’s run through a few guys that could be close to breaking for the Huskers:

  • I still like Nebraska for Texas 4-star wide receiver Latrell Neville. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s been a “silent commitment” since he announced that he would make his decision public on July 4. Adding Neville to the mix would give Nebraska another bigger wideout option on the team. He’d join his classmate Shawn Hardy, as well as Omar Manning and Zavier Betts from the cycle before. That group is quickly being reshuffled.
  • Alabama 3-star outside linebacker Christian Burkhalter could be close to making a decision soon. The Huskers have mainly been battling Virginia and Ole Miss for the talented edge rusher. As of now, I think the Husker come out on top. Burkhalter really wanted to take visits but with that situation in flux, he could elect to shut things down. It’s also a nice wrinkle that his brother has been offered a walk-on spot at quarterback.
  • One prospect that has been totally off the radar until recently is Malik Williams. The cornerback from Georgia is teammates with the newest Husker commit Gabe Ervin. Williams (6-0, 170) is a 3-star prospect and has been in contact with the Huskers for a couple of years now. Nebraska is in a great position with him right now. With his teammate declaring publicly for the Huskers maybe that will nudge Williams into pushing up his timeline. Starting a pipeline into Buford High School would be huge for Nebraska. The school has multiple players go Division I on a yearly basis.

>> The addition of Iowa transfer Ezra Miller is full of intrigue. It’s very rare to get a former 4-star player with multiple years of eligibility left to walk on to your program. Miller had a lot of potential coming out of high school and Iowa thought highly of him as a lineman prospect. I don’t want to overhype his addition but it is a low risk, very high reward move for Nebraska who is quietly shifting their identity back to good offensive line play.

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