Analyzing Nebraska's Remaining Spots the Class of 2019
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Big Red Recon: Keeping the Momentum Rolling

November 09, 2018

After a near-win against Ohio State on the road, Nebraska returns home to take on Illinois. Since Nebraska has been improving steadily, this has the makings of a big Husker win. Unfortunately, since the game kicks off at 11 a.m. CT, there won’t be any action with official visitors in town.

There are some intriguing future prospects and walk-on candidates that will be in attendance, though. I sound like a broken record but Nebraska is in a very favorable position right now with its 2019 recruiting class. There are still more dominoes to fall.

Let’s get to the recon. 

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Matthew Anderson‍, offensive lineman, Leesville, Lousiana

Bryce Benhart‍, offensive lineman, Lakeville, Minnesota

Desmond Bland‍, offensive lineman, Yuma, Arizona

Darien Chase‍, wide receiver, Vancouver, Washington

Tony Fair‍, defensive tackle, Pima, Arizona

Jackson Hannah‍, linebacker, Nashville, Tennesee 

Nick Henrich‍, linebacker, Omaha, Nebraska

Chris Hickman‍, tight end, Omaha, Nebraska

Rahmir Johnson‍, running back, Oradell, New Jersey

Michael Lynn‍, offensive lineman, Greenwood Village, Colorado

Luke McCaffrey‍, quarterback, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Dedrick Mills‍, running back, Garden City, Kansas

Jamie Nance‍, wide receiver, Blanchard, Oklahoma

Garrett Nelson‍, defensive end, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 

Mosai Newsom‍, defensive end, Waverly, Iowa

Quinton Newsome‍, defensive back, Suwanee, Georgia

Ethan Piper‍, defensive tackle, Norfolk, Nebraska

Garrett Snodgrass‍, athlete, York, Nebraska 

Ronald Thompkins‍, running back, Loganville, Georgia

Javin Wright‍, defensive back, Chandler, Arizona

2019 Needs

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


Additional Recon

>> Earlier this week, I highlighted junior college linebacker Celestin Haba‍'s‍ Hudl tape. I reached out to the pass-rushing linebacker from Scottsdale Community College to see where things stood with the Huskers. Haba said that he is still in contact with the staff but he thinks they are waiting to see how his grades turn out.

Haba is scheduled to graduate in the spring. Nebraska’s preference is to take JUCO players that will graduate in December, so we will see where things stand with Haba after the early signing period. 

>> This weekend, 2021 offensive lineman Hayden Conner‍ from Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, will be making his fourth trip to Lincoln. It’s pretty unusual for an out of state prospect to make that many trips to Lincoln but Conner will be one of the top offensive linemen in his cycle. He is slated to arrive on Friday so that he can visit the College of Engineering. 

Conner is not coming alone either. He's bringing two teammates, 4-star OT Bryce Foster and running back Casey Shorter. I expect Conner to narrow his list soon even though he is two classes away. Nebraska is in a great position with him.

>> I have another name for you to keep in the back of your minds. Lolani Langi‍, a 3-star outside linebacker from Utah, has been under the radar but is very interested in Nebraska. I exchanged some messages with him and he told me that a visit to Nebraska after the season is going to happen.

>> Former TCU DE/OLB commit Myron Warren‍ from Many, Louisiana, is also looking to set up a visit post-season. Warren is an intriguing edge rusher who has lots of interest from schools in the south. The Huskers are battling Texas and LSU for his signature.

>> Oklahoma may have provided Nebraska with a bit of an assist this week. The Sooners picked up a commitment from a junior college offensive lineman Finley Felix. Now that the Sooners are out of the mix, it could clear the way for Iowa Central offensive tackle Myron Cunningham‍ to end up at Nebraska. 

>> As we approach the end of the season, more players will be looking to flip their commitments or transfer. The teams that benefit from that will be programs that are stable. Nebraska’s coaching staff is very stable despite a slow start. Look for the Huskers to be mentioned a lot over the next couple of months with players looking around. Since Nebraska will have some extra scholarships, the Huskers will certainly have the flexibility to add to the program. 

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