Big Red Recon: Big Commit
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Big Red Recon: The Ball Is Rolling For Huskers After Big Commit

August 28, 2020

It’s been a big week on the recruiting trail for Nebraska. It started when Omaha Westside defensive back Koby Bretz joined the fold on Monday. Thomas Fidone, the top tight end in the nation, then committed to the Huskers on Wednesday. That news sent shockwaves through the recruiting landscape.

Things are heating up for Nebraska again with recruiting. Let’s get to the Recon.

Husker Commits

Koby Bretz‍ , Defensive Back, Omaha, Nebraska

Marques Buford‍, Defensive Back, Cedar Hill, Texas

Gabe Ervin‍, Running Back, Buford, Georgia

Thomas Fidone‍, Tight End, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Heinrich Haarberg‍, Quarterback, Kearney, Nebraska

Shawn Hardy‍, Wide Receiver, Kingsland, Georgia

Randolph Kpai‍, Inside Linebacker, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Henry Lutovsky‍, Offensive Lineman, Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Seth Malcom‍, Inside Linebacker, Tabor, Iowa 

Latrell Neville‍, Wide Receiver, Houston, Texas

Patrick Payton‍, Outside Linebacker, Miami, Florida

Teddy Prochazka‍, Offensive Lineman, Elkhorn, Nebraska

Lardarius Webb‍, Defensive Back, Jackson, Mississippi

Malik Williams‍, Defensive Back, Buford, Georgia 

Branson Yager‍, Offensive Lineman, Grantsville, Utah

2021 Needs

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


The Recon:

>> Nebraska came back to the facility for the first times in a couple of weeks. There has been a lot of confusion around when the Big Ten would give the team guidance on the new schedule so coaches and players knew what they were building toward. The Huskers were back in the weight room on Wednesday as part of the 12 hours per week they are allowed for various activities.

> > After a pair of commitments this week, are we seeing Nebraska hit another groove on the recruiting trail? Commitments have come in waves this cycle for Nebraska. After the Fidone commitment, the profile of the program is high with other recruits. It will be interesting to see if the Huskers seize the momentum and keep the ball rolling on the trail. 

>> Could the Huskers still add another defensive back to the mix? Tennessee defensive back John Howse will be taking a very unofficial visit to Lincoln this weekend. He isn’t allowed to meet with any coaches since we are still in the dead period. It’s worth noting that this is the last visit Howse wants to take before committing. He recently visited Kansas and Boston College since he hadn’t seen those schools. The Huskers have a good shot with Howse if they have room at defensive back. He’s a great prospect.

>> Junior college running back JD Martin announced that he would be committing on Friday. I don’t expect the Huskers to be the pick here. It was never a guarantee that the team would grab a JUCO back this year and with all the uncertainty around eligibility with current players, there isn’t a need for an older back.

>> Now that the Huskers have Fidone in the recruiting class, they can turn their attention to finishing up the offensive recruiting this cycle. If I had to wager today, I would say that Creighton Prep tight end AJ Rollins will be the next member of the class. Rollins has a high ceiling as a prospect and would pair nicely with Fidone.

>> The Huskers don’t have a defensive line commit for the 2021 recruiting class. However, they have a few targets that have been locked in on. One to keep an eye on is USC commit Jay Toia. The California lineman has always had interest in the Huskers but it hurt Nebraska that he couldn’t come out for a visit. Toia is high on the list of potential flip targets for Nebraska.

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