Nebraska Recruiting: Which Position Improved Most Over Two Cycles?
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Big Red Recon: Setting Up In-Season Visits

July 26, 2019

The countdown is on. We are just about one month away from the start of the college football season and it can’t get here soon enough. In one week, Nebraska will begin fall camp and we will be able to starting sorting out some of the big questions heading into Year 2 of the Frost Era. 

On the recruiting front, we are coming out of the dead period and the Huskers can have prospects on campus for visits for the next week and a half. There is a lot to discuss including in-season visit news.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Class Breakdown

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

Will Nixon‍, wide receiver, Waco, Texas

Logan Smothers‍, quarterback, Athens, Alabama

2020 Needs

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


The Recon:

>> Let’s start things off with a bit of interesting news. At this point in time, I’d describe the Huskers chances of getting Jahkeem Green on campus as a coin flip. That’s the way it was recently described to me by Highland assistant coach Judd Remmers. Green’s classes are going well and will be over July 31. Right now, we will just see which campus he shows up on between Nebraska and Texas Tech. 

>> Since Nebraska has its 2020 quarterback, the 2021 signal caller recruiting is in full swing. The player that most fans seem to want the most (for good reason) is Texas dual-threat Dematrius Davis. I exchanged a couple of messages with him and he is currently on a swing of schools in the southeast and will also see Texas A&M again. The good news for Nebraska is that Davis and his family plan to come to Nebraska for the Ohio State game this fall. Another nugget that helps Nebraska is that Davis’ father is a long-time Union Pacific employee and that connection can’t hurt the Huskers. 

>> Florida defensive back Chris Townsel included the Huskers in his top four and told Hail Varsity that he will be in Lincoln in September for a game. He said he wants to commit on his birthday (Oct. 30) but isn’t ruling out a decision before then. I’m not 100% sure that visit will happen that early though. I think the Huskers will wait with Townsel to see how players ahead of him on the board play out. Rutgers, USF and Iowa State are his other top schools.

>> Things seem quiet so far on the visit front for Nebraska during this week and a half stretch where the Huskers can host visitors. One prospect who will be in town next week is New Mexico tight end Connor O’Toole. He’s an intriguing target because he’s such a good athlete and has posted a 10.7 100-meter dash at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. Nebraska has the ability to be very selective with which tight end it signs (if any) during the 2020 class. Texas tight end Donovan Johnson told Hail Varsity that he will be taking an official visit in the fall. My sense is that Johnson’s recruitment won’t last much longer than his official to Lincoln. 

>> Earlier this week in a notebook, I talked about the youth in Nebraska’s offensive line group and it would affect recruiting that position group for the rest of 2020. Things may not be slowing down. I got a message from Chandler Durham (6-4, 280) from Georgia who told me that he will be visiting officially for the Ohio State game.

“I really can’t wait to see what type of energy Nebraska gives off and to see the school and the state,” he said when asked what he’s looking forward to most.

Durham doesn’t have much recruiting interest right now but there is no way Nebraska would waste a visit for the big game on someone they didn’t like a lot.

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