Sellout Streak a ‘Special Deal’ for Huskers
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Big Red Recon: Next Moves Being Planned for Huskers and Top Targets

July 09, 2021

We have entered a slower time after a wild month around the nation with recruiting. These first couple weeks of July are when coaches take some time away to recharge the batteries before fall camp. Several prospects are also huddling with family to figure out if it’s time to commit or take their recruitment into the season. There will be several emerging storylines around the team as we get closer to the start of fall camp.

Let’s get to the Recon.

2022 Commits

Chase Androff, Tight End, Lakeville, Minnesota

Jake Appleget, Outside Linebacker, Lincoln, Nebraska

Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska

Ashton Hayes, Running Back, Reno, Nevada

Victor Jones Jr., Wide Receiver, Orlando, Florida

Grant Page, Wide Receiver, Boulder, Colorado

Richard Torres, Quarterback, San Antonio, Texas

2022 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> Of the handful of June misses, the one that hurts that most is defensive back James Monds III. The defender picking Indiana was tough because the Huskers invested a lot of time into his recruitment. He’s also a legacy who seemed like a Husker lock at one point. I know that he was having a tough time deciding between Indiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Moving forward it will be interesting to see if Nebraska and Monds stay in communication. I’m not sure the Huskers will hold a spot necessarily—because space is limited in the class—but I could see the door being open for Monds to flip down the road. This could be one of those recruitments that isn’t over until he signs somewhere.

>> The likely next man up in the recruiting class at defensive back is Avery Powell. The New Jersey defender is high on Nebraska and my feeling is that Nebraska had him hold off pending Monds’ decision. Now the question is whether the Huskers believe they can get involved with bigger fish at cornerback. The team could decide to let things play out into the season at the position in hopes that new interest rises up.

>> I quickly touched base with Nebraska offensive line target John Pastore. The lineman told me that everything is still open for his recruitment. He still wants to have a decision made before the season starts. Right now, Nebraska and Kansas State are his two big offers. Colorado State is also looming for the Colorado native. The Huskers like Pastore (6-5, 270) as a center prospect. If this ends up being a Nebraska versus Kansas State battle, I like the Huskers’ chances.

>> One prospect that could make a surprise decision soon is Florida defensive end Hayden Schwartz. The Florida native visited Nebraska back on June 11 for an official visit. The only other visit he took was to Michigan the first weekend of June. Schwartz (6-4, 244) could be another Blaise Gunnerson body type for the Huskers to mold into an outside linebacker that could get after the passer and stop the run.

>> There was an addition to the team last week that went a little under the radar. Morningside kicker Brenden Franke joined team and began workouts with the program. Franke was one of the players who came in for a private workout with the team last month. It was after that work out that Franke thought he did enough to get an opportunity from the Huskers.

“The work out was superb,” Franke said. “I hit some really nice balls through the end zone right in front of Coach Scott Frost.”

Franke will battle a slew of players including Ord’s Kelen Meyer for the kickoff duties this season for Nebraska.

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