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.
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
>> 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.
@JayToia_102 could start on most Pac 12 DLs right now pic.twitter.com/BlwyNP5ePk
— Coach Ed (@DLcoachEd) August 22, 2020
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.