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.
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
>> 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.
An honor to get this opportunity to represent Hawai’i football!!! ❄️💯 pic.twitter.com/Euc4HwhX7w
— WYNDEN HO’OHULI⚜️ (@WyndenHoohuli) November 20, 2020
>> 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.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.