Big Red Recon: Nebraska's Taking Care of Business
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Big Red Recon: Nebraska’s Taking Care of Business

September 06, 2019

Week 1 is in the books. Nebraska has put a strange performance in the rear-view mirror as Colorado comes into focus. Over the last week, Nebraska did pick up a commitment from 2021 defensive end RJ Sorensen. Activity will pick up again for visitors next week when the team returns to Lincoln for a game.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

Zavier Betts, wide receiver, Omaha, Nebraska

Alex Conn‍, offensive lineman, Derby, Kansas

Turner Corcoran‍, offensive lineman, Lawrence, Kansas

Blaise Gunnerson‍, outside linebacker, Carroll, Iowa

Nash Hutmacher‍, defensive tackle, Chamberlain, South Dakota

Tamon Lynum‍, cornerback, Orlando, Florida

Sevion Morrison‍, running back, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Will Nixon‍, wide receiver, Waco, Texas

Marvin Scott III‍, running back, Port Orange, Florida

Logan Smothers‍, quarterback, Athens, Alabama

2020 Needs

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


The Recon:

>> This will be a special game for tight end Jack Stoll. He gets to play a game in his home state of Colorado, which is very cool but there is a fun twist here. Stoll was recruited by offensive coordinator Troy Walters at Colorado. Walters reminded Stoll of that fact when he got the job at Nebraska. Stoll couldn’t be happier to be coached by Walters at Nebraska. 

>> The Nebraska coaching staff has downplayed the rivalry aspect of this game. Perhaps they want their team to stay in the moment. Senior linebacker Mo Barry told a quick story about inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud this week.

“Coach Ruud told me the loudest game he has ever been to was when he was young, but he said it was a Colorado-Nebraska game,” Barry said. “That emotion that the fans had during that time during that game I am sure that a lot of people are going to come out and watch us play this time from Nebraska.”

Barry and his teammates are expecting a strong turnout of Husker red this weekend. It should be a fun game from that standpoint.

>> Taking an early peek at the Northern Illinois visit list, I’m expecting things to get defensive in a hurry. I have three confirmed visitors right now, all defenders. Defensive end Tuli Tuipulotu, defensive end Nusi Malani and linebacker Devyn Curtis are heading to Lincoln. Expect more additions to the group soon. 

>> There is another 2021 quarterback that I don’t want people to lose track of. Santino Marucci from Florida is a former teammate of new 2021 commit RJ Sorensen. Marucci told Hail Varsity this week that he plans to take an unofficial visit for the Ohio State game. Marucci visited Lincoln for the Big Red BBQ in June. Sorensen will also be in town for the matchup with the Buckeyes. 

>> One extra note on Sorensen: he is another long, athletic body coming (eventually) to Nebraska’s defensive line. It’s clear that Nebraska covets length on the defensive line moving forward. Standing at 6-4 and 245 pounds, Sorensen may still be growing since he is only a junior. 

>> Running backs coach Ryan Held was asked how close freshman Ronald Thompkins is to being in the mix. Thompkins is practicing without a green jersey, yet he has not participated in every live period. Held wants him to be in position by Week 4 or 5 “where if something happens or if we need another guy, he’s ready to go.” The team seems content to take things slowly with Thompkins but also keep him ready.  

>> One final note from my trip to Iowa to see Blaise Gunnerson play: I was talking to a Kuemper Catholic coach on the sidelines before the game who happened to be a Nebraska fan. He was pretty happy about Gunnerson choosing the Huskers. Yet he also wanted to mention just how impressed he is with defensive line commit Nash Hutmacher. Gunnerson has been talking up just how powerful Hutmacher is on the field and weight room. The legend of the Polar Bear has traveled south to Iowa.

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