Big Red Recon: Next Steps to Close out 2019 for Nebraska
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Big Red Recon: Next Steps to Close out 2019 for Nebraska

December 21, 2018

There was a lot of excitement on Wednesday for the early signing period to begin and it certainly was a good day for Nebraska. By 9:30 a.m. CT, the Huskers had received letters of intent from 20 of their 22 verbal commitments. Offensive lineman Desmond Bland was not expected to sign and we are still waiting on word if running back Dedrick Mills will be able to sign before the early signing period closes. 

The Huskers did great work with the signing day announcements, going three for four. They landed defensive ends Ty Robinson and Brant Banks, as well as offensive tackle Jimmy Fritzsche. The Huskers only missed out on outsider linebacker Lloyd Summerall (who selected Florida instead). There is still work to be done for this class and information to be shared.

Lets get to the Recon.

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Matthew Anderson‍, offensive lineman, Leesville, Lousiana

Brant Banks‍, defensive end, Houston, Texas

Bryce Benhart‍, offensive lineman, Lakeville, Minnesota

Desmond Bland‍, offensive lineman, Yuma, Arizona

Darien Chase‍, wide receiver, Vancouver, Washington

Myles Farmer‍, defensive back, Atlanta, Georgia

Jimmy Fritzsche‍, offensive tackle, Greenville, South Carolina

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

Ty Robinson‍, defentive tackle, Gilbert, Arizona

Wandale Robinson‍, athlete, Frankfort, Kentucky

Garrett Snodgrass‍, athlete, York, Nebraska 

Ronald Thompkins‍, running back, Loganville, Georgia

Javin Wright‍, defensive back, Chandler, Arizona

2019 Needs

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

 

Additional Recon

>> One of the bigger storylines from Wednesday was just how drama-free it was. When people say that, it’s mostly in reference to 90 percent of the verbal commitments sending in their paperwork before 10 a.m. CT. The staff was also worry-free because by around that time they also had Banks’ and Robinson’s letter of intents. None of the announcements came as a surprise to the staff so they knew coming in that it would be a good day. That’s a departure from year’s past on signing day.

>> It’s not a secret that pass rush is one of the key ingredients missing from a good recruiting class that isn’t finished yet. More names will surface soon, but I can say that the staff is working very hard to secure more pass rush in the class. We know that linebacker Brandon Mack will be a target. He just left the Pitt class. Another name to keep in mind is junior college DE/OLB Soni Fonua. The Mesa Community College defender has high interest in Nebraska and the team should get a January visit.

>> Sticking with the defensive theme, 2019 linebacker Eugene Asante picked up an offer from the Huskers yesterday. The younger brother of Larry Asante is seeing his stock rise and will certainly be a player to watch in the run to February. The Huskers are very likely to get an official visit from the defender who picked up offers from Miami and UCLA recently. It’s not a slam dunk that he ends up at Nebraska but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have his brother in his ear about the Huskers.

>> One of the bigger mysteries coming out of the early signing period is whether or not 4-star defensive back Noa Pola-Gates signed a letter of intent and is keeping it quiet. Honestly, there have been signs both ways on this one. It would not surprise me if he was already signed to play for Nebraska but I don’t know either way at this point. If he has not signed, expect him to hear from Javin Wright and Robinson quite a bit about why he should be joining them in Lincoln. 

>> We have not fully turned our attention to the 2020 recruiting class just yet. However, one player that will have the spotlight shift on him immediately is 2020 Omaha Burke wide receiver Xavier Watts. If you have followed along with my analysis for a while, you know that I think he’s the best receiver in Nebraska. Now that his teammates Chris Hickman and Nick Henrich are on their way to Lincoln next month, people want to know if Watts could be next. There is no indication that Watts is looking to decide soon but those questions will get louder. This picture was taken at the signing ceremony for Henrich and Hickman on Thursday.

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