Big Red Recon: Visit Season Draws Near
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Big Red Recon: Visit Season Draws Near

March 09, 2018

We are just one week away from spring football starting which is great because we all need college football back in our lives. It also marks the start of visit season. I think we will see a very high number of players come through Lincoln during the spring all the way up to the spring game which will no doubt have at least 20 prospects in attendance. There is no shortage of on-the-field and off-the-field storylines that will be bubbling to the surface soon, so the fun will ramp up very quickly.

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Garrett Nelson‍, defensive end, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 

Ethan Piper‍, defensive tackle, Norfolk, Nebraska

Garrett Snodgrass‍, athlete, York, Nebraska 

2019 Needs

QB 1 DL 3
RB 1 MLB 1
WR 3 OLB 2
TE 0 DB 4
OL 4 K/P 0


Additional Recon

>>One of the major differences in the philosophy of recruiting with Scott Frost’s staff versus Mike Riley’s staff is position recruiting versus area recruiting. When you are in a state that doesn’t have a huge population base, allocation of time and resources becomes that much more important. So, having Barrett Rudd focus on recruiting Nebraska instead of flying all around the country or Troy Walters focus most of his efforts on the state of California makes sense. In the end, this should produce better relationships with recruits and the coaches because they all have one or two points of contact with Nebraska. The benefits are already showing themselves in Nebraska where Rudd is helping Nebraska gain real ground with Omaha Burke 4-star linebacker (Hail Varsity Rating 89.5) Nick Henrich‍.   

>>Now that we are a week from spring football starting, expect to see more recruits coming through Lincoln as the staff has put an emphasis on getting players to check out a spring practice. Nebraska’s junior days will be March 31 and April 7, plus the spring game will have a lot of talented prospects in attendance on April 21. I am able to confirm that running back Breece Hall‍ will be attending the spring game. Also, 3-star linebacker Spencer Lytle‍ (Hail Varsity Rating 88.7) will be in town and he is making the trip with 4-star WR Kyle Ford‍ (Hail Varsity Rating 92.7). I reached out to Henrich to see if he planned to attend and he told me he is still figuring out if he can come to the spring game but he will for sure check out one of the spring practices.

>>Frost mentioned on Sports Nightly that he wanted to restore the Huskers image in the region. Here is his full quote.

“When I was playing at Nebraska, when there was a good player in the region, they wanted to play for Nebraska or a state that touched it. They wanted to come to Nebraska. I’m hoping we get some Kansas kids, Missouri kids, Iowa kids.”

The amount of work that Frost and his staff need to do in the region is significant. Nebraska missed the cut on a pair of St Louis prospects this week and one of the top linemen in the region, Quinn Carroll from Minnesota. Like the last recruiting cycle, the 2019 class and 2020 class will be great for the region and it would serve Nebraska well to land its fair share of guys.

>>One player Nebraska did make an initial cut for this week was 4-star inside linebacker (Hail Varsity Rating 94.7) Nakobe Dean‍.

We are still a long way from Dean making a decision as he just dropped a top 15 that includes some of the biggest schools in the country but if Nebraska can get Dean on campus this spring, it could really shoot the Huskers up his list. It's worth being patient on for him, as he could be the top inside linebacker in the nation. Dean is from the same town in Mississippi as former Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson.

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