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Big Red Recon: Letting the Dust Settle for Nebraska

December 27, 2019

Now that the dust has settled on the early signing period, we are into the dead period where no contact is allowed between schools and student-athletes. There also hasn’t been much happening with the holidays but that doesn’t mean we can’t dive into some recruiting.

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:

>> We have seen the underbelly of recruiting during this recruiting cycle. Junior college inside linebacker Jamoi Hodge was encouraged to look elsewhere. He landed at TCU. Earlier this week we saw a similar situation play out when JUCO outside linebacker Junior Aho left the class. There just wasn’t much room for Aho after Nebraska landed Jimari Butler and Niko Cooper. This staff is doing everything to maximize the roster.

>> I mentioned last week that Nebraska will be hosting a Junior Day in January. I have a date now. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18. I’ll be very curious to see the type of turn out Nebraska has. The Huskers have hosted a number of top underclass targets already so continuing to build those relationships will be key. If Nebraska can get top targets from around the country in town for a second or third time before spring official visits it would be a big boost for the class building. It could be a big day for the Huskers.

>> Speaking of 2021 prospects, let’s pump the brakes on some of the doom and gloom I’m hearing about the in-state prospects not wanting to play at Nebraska. It is too early to say that. Remember that two cycles ago Nick Henrich and Chris Hickman were not early Husker leans. Zavier Betts wasn’t either. Let the process play out. Coach Scott Frost and inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud have earned a little benefit of the doubt here.

>> Right now, the Huskers are sitting at 20 official visits left. I don’t expect the team to host many official visitors for the 2020 class in January, so those could mostly roll over to spring for early officials. The Huskers will want visits to use for Friday Night Lights and the Spring Game. You can also use official visits for transfers.

>> I could still see the team being in the market for a graduate transfer kicker. I think everyone recognizes just how much the kicking situation cost the team last season. The Huskers will try hard to upgrade that spot even if it results in some difficult conversations down the road.

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