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Big Red Recon: Spring Football is Here and Huskers Back on the Commitment Board

April 02, 2021

We finally made it Husker fans. Spring football has begun for the Huskers. Football is back which is a great thing to see. There was a renewed sense of energy and urgency around the team and coaches this week even in the first week of spring ball. The program is entering a pivotal year in the Frost Era and need to turn things around soon. A lot happened this week so let’s dive in.

Let’s get to the Recon.

Ernest Hausmann, Outside Linebacker, Columbus, Nebraska

Victor Jones Jr., Wide Receiver, Orlando, Florida

2021 Needs

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

The Recon:

>> This week it came out that Bellevue West tight end Kaden Helms did not include the Huskers in his top 10. It’s not expected that Nebraska will get an official visit from his teammate, tight end Micah Riley-Ducker, either. It’s a complex situation with what is happening with the top Omaha prospects. None will end up at Nebraska. It’s really the perfect storm for top players in the state in the class of 2022.

You have a group of four Omaha kids that didn’t grow up loving the program. Some have ties outside of Nebraska, like Devon Jackson, with parents who were athletes at Illinois. There are two tight ends in the group and the Huskers signed the No. 1 tight end class in 2021. Then the lackluster on-field performance by Nebraska isn’t helping the team on the trail. These kids are close and seem to have similar thoughts on wanting to get away from home. Coach Scott Frost needs to find a way to reverse this trend because more talent is coming in the coming years.

>> The Huskers got their second commitment of the 2022 recruiting class on Thursday. Florida wide receiver Victor Jones Jr. committed in a surprise to many. He was a player long on the radar for Frost. Jones told Hail Varsity that while this staff was at UCF they were his first scholarship offer during his freshman year. The interest carried over when they relocated to Lincoln. He believes in this coaching staff.

>> I wrote a story about how Thomas Fidone is going through the adjustment phase as he goes through his first spring as a Husker. One thing can be tough for highly-touted players that didn’t play against great competition. Suddenly you are facing off against players who are big-time athletes on a consistent basis. Fidone was used to getting free releases in 7-on-7 or even in games. But now linebackers are going to be physical at all times. Little things like that take getting used to but he’ll adjust. There is a reason he was as highly-rated as he was and his potential is enormous.

>> The Huskers second known official visitor to set a date in June is Florida defensive back James Monds III. The legacy prospect is eager to check out Lincoln. He’s giving the Huskers the first shot at hosting him because Nebraska has shown him consistently that they want him in the program. He did set a visit for June with Indiana recently too. I think the Huskers are in the driver’s seat right now in his recruitment.

>> One name that caught my attention came up this week when we did interviews with coaches. Iowa transfer Ezra Miller was mentioned by both Scott Frost and by offensive line coach Greg Austin.

“He’s an athletic kid. He was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school,” Austin said. “You never know why a guy transfers or this and that but Ezra’s been awesome since he’s been here. Hard worker. He’s coachable. There’s a lot of things he’s rough around the edges on that we’ve really got to hone in on in terms of his technique. But nevertheless, good player, I expect some big things out of him as he’s in this program.”

Miller is a darkhorse candidate to win the guard spot opposite Ethan Piper. The competition is very strong for that fifth spot, but don’t count the former 4-star recruit out.

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