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Big Red Recon: The Finish Line Is in Sight for Nebraska’s 2019 Class

February 01, 2019

The end is here for the 2019 recruiting class. It has been relatively quiet on the news front for the 2019 class but that should have been expected as Nebraska did the bulk of its work in December. There are just a few spots left in the class but things are pretty drama-free. For the most part, it’s on to the class of 2020. 

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

Noa Pola-Gates‍, defensive back, Gilbert, Arizona

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 0
OL 0 K/P 0


Additional Recon

>> Based on the running list we have had at Hail Varsity since Jan. 13, this weekend’s Junior Day for Nebraska is going to be huge. It’s hard to think of another weekend like this that Nebraska has hosted. We’ll have the full list on the site later but there will be plenty of top targets on campus this weekend, headlined by 2020 4-star offensive tackle Turner Corcoran. The Huskers have a terrific opportunity to take a firm lead with Corcoran and others this weekend to kickstart the 2020 cycle. 

>> By my count, the Huskers will be hosting at least 5 prospects this weekend from St. Louis. Improving St. Louis recruiting has been something that the last three staffs in Lincoln have wanted to do but it seems like this staff is actually gaining traction. In talking with a couple of coaches in the area, it seems that Nebraska’s presence has been much more consistent there lately. Travis Fisher has spent quite a bit of time working the area.

>> All has been quiet with news about 4-star wide receiver Demariyon Houston‍ since his official visit and in-home visit from Scott Frost. However, that’s not a bad thing. I can now confirm a couple pieces of key information about his recruitment. First, he will not take a visit this weekend to Colorado (or anywhere for that matter). That means his only January visit was to Nebraska. His only other visit since leaving the Texas class was to Minnesota. Houston will be announcing his commitment on signing day at 3:15 p.m. CT. 

I really like Nebraska’s chances here and have put in a prediction for the Huskers to land the speedy wideout. 

>> Frost is making the rounds in Iowa on Friday morning. One of his stops was to see 3-star defensive end Blaise Gunnerson in Carroll, Iowa. Gunnerson told me that it was his first time meeting Frost and that it was “awesome.” The defender who stands at 6-foot-5, 250-pounds visited for a game last season and says that Nebraska is “definitely” in the mix for him.

>> There has been a little concern about the lack of January fireworks in recruiting for Nebraska by Husker fans. Part of this is because so much of the class was locked in during the December period. Another part of it is that prospects are choosing to go elsewhere. Going forward, I think a lack of commitments in January is something that will continue. If it does, that isn’t exactly bad. 

This staff was to get out ahead on solid early evaluations and sign the majority of the class in December after building long relationships with prospects. Because of that, loading up in December makes sense. I take it as a good sign we haven’t seen any January “reaches.” 

>> It took until the final visit weekend of the 2019 recruiting class but we finally have a surprise visitor making it to campus. Eugene Asante‍, the 3-star linebacker from Virginia, will be making his way to Lincoln for an official visit this weekend. Asante is the younger brother of former Husker standout Larry Asante. The former Blackshirt will also be joining his brother on the trip. It was a surprise also when Eugene included Nebraska in his final five this week despite not taking a visit to Lincoln. 

Now that the Huskers will get a shot at him, they are truly in the game. However, sources indicate that the Huskers trail Virginia Tech and Florida State heading into the visit and need a big weekend to jump them. 

UPDATE: Asante will no longer be visiting Nebraska and will spend the entire weekend at UNC.


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