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Stadium photo during a pandemic before the Nebraska/Penn State game at Memorial Stadium
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Big Red Recon: Huskers Looking to Build Momentum to Close 2020

November 20, 2020

The Huskers are on the board with their first win of the 2020 season. After picking up a victory over Penn State in a game that got interesting at the end, the Huskers are hoping to keep the momentum going against Illinois this week. Any win that Nebraska can get at this point is beneficial, especially as Coach Scott Frost has handed the offense over to redshirt freshman quarterback Luke McCaffrey.

There is a lot going on inside the program right now as we head toward the early signing period.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

Koby Bretz‍, Defensive Back, Omaha, Nebraska

Marques Buford‍, Defensive Back, Cedar Hill, Texas

James Carnie‍, Tight End, Firth, Nebraska

Gabe Ervin‍, Running Back, Buford, Georgia

Thomas Fidone‍, Tight End, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Mikai Gbayor‍, Linebacker, Irvington, New Jersey

Kamonté Grimes‍, Wide Receiver, Naples, Florida

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

Latrell Neville‍, Wide Receiver, Houston, Texas

Patrick Payton‍, Outside Linebacker, Miami, Florida

Teddy Prochazka‍, Offensive Lineman, Elkhorn, Nebraska

AJ Rollins‍, Tight End, Omaha, Nebraska

Jailen Weaver, defensive lineman, Antioch, California

Lardarius Webb‍, Defensive Back, Jackson, Mississippi

Malik Williams‍, Defensive Back, Buford, Georgia

Branson Yager‍, Offensive Lineman, Grantsville, Utah

2021 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> During his radio show this week, Athletic Director Bill Moos gave an update on the new Nebraska Athletics facility. He hopes that they will be able to occupy the building July of 2023 after the full year delay. There was something else that caught my attention during the facility talk though. Moos hinted at a south stadium renovation coming in the future. It has been a long time since that part of the stadium has gotten a facelift. It sounds like that will be on the table eventually but no announcement is coming soon.

>> As we get closer to the early signing period, we can cross one position off the list to potentially have another player added this cycle. Running backs coach Ryan Held said on Thursday night that barring something weird happening, the Huskers will only be taking one running back this cycle. Georgia’s Gabe Ervin is a good selection for the lone running back this cyle. The room is very young right now with a bright future.

>> One of the most sought-after prospects left on the board for the Huskers this cycle is Hawaii linebacker Wynden Ho’ohuli. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker has a commitment date in mind. I’ve been able to confirm that he plans to announce his choice on Jan. 2. Ho’ohuli wants to take his time and sign in the traditional signing period in February. It’s an interesting way to do it since there are no visits happening between now and then but he’s been consistent in wanting to take this to February. I still like the Huskers’ chances here.

>> There is another commitment date to announce. Michigan defensive lineman Ru’Quan Buckley was originally supposed to announce his college decision in October but delayed that decision. As he told Hail Varsity, he will make his commitment public on Dec. 5. Buckley says the Huskers are still in the picture for him. So is Michigan State, Florida State and others. The Michigan native is being recruited by some schools to play offensive line and others for defensive line. The Huskers like him to hopefully join Tony Tuioti’s group.

>> Tight ends coach Sean Beckton mentioned this week that he believes some more 2022 prospects will come off the board once we get through the early signing period next month. The Huskers currently have no commitments for that cycle. So who are a few guys to keep an eye on? I’d look out for three linebackers to be the first to commit. Kansas linebackers Gavin Meyers and Caden Crawford are both high on the Huskers. So is recent in-state offer Ernest Hausmann. It’ll be another good year for 500-mile radius recruiting in 2022.

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