Big Red Recon: Huskers Staying in the Hunt on the Recruiting Trail
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Big Red Recon: Huskers Staying in the Hunt on the Recruiting Trail

May 10, 2019

Another week of the evaluation period has passed and the Nebraska coaching staff has been busy on the road checking out prospects. There have been more offers out for the 2021 class, quartbacks coach Mario Verduzco has taken a tour of Texas and we know defensive line coach Tony Tuioti has been in California all week. 

Official visit talk is starting to heat up too as we get closer to summer camp season.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska

Turner Corcoran‍, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas

Logan Smothers‍, quarterback, Athens, Alabama

2020 Needs

QB 0 DL 3
RB 1 MLB 2
WR 2 OLB 2
TE 1 DB 3
OL 3 K/P 0


The Recon:

>> Throughout the week, I’ve been writing about the 2021 quarterbacks that Verduzco is visiting in Texas. That state is generally loaded with talent but the class of 2021 quarterbacks could really be special. Five of the top 15 signal-callers for that class are from Texas. Four are already being heavily recruited by Nebraska. Eli Stowers, Preston Stone, Jalen Milroe and Dematrius Davis are the four and they all got visits this week. It wouldn’t surprise me if Nebraska’s eventual 2021 QB was a Texan and highly-rated. 

>> One thing you grow to appreciate about this staff’s recruiting efforts is their ability to keep a tight lid on things. A couple weeks back, Nebraska hosted a secret linebacker visitor. Cornell Wheeler, a 3-star linebacker from Michigan, was in town seeing what the Huskers have to offer on an unofficial visit. Why keep the visit a secret? Well, Wheeler is publicly committed to Michigan and likely didn’t want to ruffle many feathers. Based on what I’m hearing, things went well on the trip. Keep his name in the back of your mind for potential official visitors in the fall.

  >> The Huskers are well-positioned to get renewed or increased interest with a hot start this season. There are plenty of prospects we haven’t talked much about that the Huskers would love to see in the fold. Players like Ohio athlete Tony Scott, Louisiana speedsterCorey Wren (10.41 100M this March) and linebacker Mister Williams are just a few of the current off the radar 2020 prospects that Nebraska is keeping in contact with. I still expect a big summer of commitments for the Huskers like last year but if the team can get off to a hot start this season, it would go a long way to validating what they’ve been out on the road selling. 

>> One player to keep an eye on for an official visit this summer is Iowa Western Community College defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey. The defender told me that he has a planned official to Oklahoma on June 9 but that Nebraska is the only other school he “for sure” wants to visit. He thinks highly of Coach Scott Frost and is looking for a family atmosphere in his next school. Winfrey, Nash Hutmacher and Jamar Sekona would be a dream defensive line class for Nebraska that is very much in play currently. 

>> With all the talk about running back, conversation has picked up among fans and media on whether Nebraska should look to add a running back transfer. Clemson’s Tavien Feaster put his name in the portal earlier in the offseason. He has reportedly been contacted by several programs but I haven’t been able to confirm that Nebraska is one of them. I don’t believe the Huskers will pursue him at this point.

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