Big Red Recon: Huskers Hitting the Ground Running for 2021
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Big Red Recon: Huskers Hitting the Ground Running for 2021

January 17, 2020

The dead period has finally ended in college football recruiting, which means the Nebraska coaching staff will be out on the road as early as Friday. The team will also host visitors this weekend. The primary focus will be on the class of 2021 since the Frost and company have the luxury of working ahead for the next class.

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 best way to describe what is happening with Nebraska’s vacant special teams coach position is that things are fluid, but Coach Scott Frost isn’t ignoring the situation. There are quality coaches being looked at. One name that has been thrown around is Sean Snyder. He did have an interview with Texas on Thursday for a similar role. However I am told by a source that Snyder is not viewed as the top choice for the Longhorns at this time. There is a Snyder/Frost connection since Bill Snyder spoke at the coaches convention in Lincoln and Frost spent time at Kansas State on staff.

>> Outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson is back at Nebraska after being gone for 11 months. Both he and defensive line coach Tony Tuioti have experience coaching both positions. That should help the Huskers as Dawson illustrated on Sports Nightly.

"I think in this type of defense, when you're dealing with the D-line and outside linebackers, they have to be able to, No. 1, work together," Dawson said. "When you talk about your stunts, your different blitz patterns, and things like that, they have to be on the same page.

"There are some times where the D-line can become the edge of the defense, or the outside backers could become defensive linemen, so there's a lot of crossover that way."

>> I hinted yesterday that Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander would be in Iowa. Henry Lutovsky, an offensive line commit in the 2021 class, is expecting a visit from the duo. TJ Bollers, Thomas Fidone and Jeff Bowie are expecting visits as well, weather permitting, Fidone and Bowie will be in Lincoln on Saturday for unofficial visits. Lutovsky and Bollers will be in town next weekend. Nebraska is serious about landing many players from the border state this cycle. That will be one the biggest storylines of the cycle.

>> Inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud is expected to be in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to see new 2022 commit Randolph Kpai. Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco was expected at Kearney Cathloic to see Heinrich Haarberg. The Huskers are keeping close tabs on the signal-caller.

One notable absence from any intel I’ve been able to gather about who is going where is offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Troy Walters. There have been a lot of rumors about his job status. I don’t like dealing in rumors. What I can tell you is that Walters was not expected to be at Bellevue West today to visit Zavier Betts and 2022 target Keagan Johnson. Graduate Assistant Steve Cooper was expected to be in the school on Friday.

The big problem the Huskers are having with a lot of these travel plans in the area is weather. Bellevue West cancelled school for the day, as well as Washington High School where Ruud was expected. We’ll continue monitoring the situation and pass along updates as we get them. 

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