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Defensive Dream Finish to Nebraska’s 2020 Recruiting Class

November 26, 2019

Currently, Nebraska is sitting with 13 known commitments for the 2020 recruiting class. The base of the class has a lot of good prospects to be excited about but the Huskers need more. With just three visit weekends left before the early signing period opens on Dec. 18, there is still work to be done. In total, it’s expected that the Huskers will sign 23 total recruits this cycle. 

Last week we took a look at a dream finish for the offense. So, what does a ‘dream finish’ look like for Nebraska on defense? Let’s take a look. 

Defensive line

Who is committed: 3-star Nash Hutmacher, 3-star Marquis Black

Dream finish: The Huskers have a good start with Hutmacher and Black. Each projects as more interior linemen. Yet they still have the ability to have position flexibility outside if needed. With that it becomes quite important to flip a player like defensive end (6-6, 270) Julius Coates. He is scheduled to visit for the Iowa game. Another player to keep in mind is California defensive end Nusi Malani who visited officially earlier this season. 

Inside linebacker

Who is committed: none

Dream finish: Nebraska has a lot of work to do here. Inside linebacker could be the No. 1 need for the 2020 recruiting class despite the Huskers adding Nick Henrich, Jackson Hannah, Garrett Snodgrass and Luke Reimer last cycle. The problem is that the targets here are getting thin. JUCO linebacker Jamoi Hodge took an official visit to Lincoln recently. After that visited he named the Huskers his leader and I love Nebraska’s position with him.

Still, more prospects are needed. Maryland 4-star commit Ruben Hyppolite may take a visit to Lincoln. He was at Maryland last week for Nebraska’s blowout win. Keep an eye on Bishop Dunne linebacker Brennon Scott. The Kansas commit attends the same high school that the Daniels brothers went to. New names may need to surface here to feel better about finishing this cycle. 

Outside linebacker

Who is committed: 3-star Blaise Gunnerson

Dream finish: Outside linebacker recruiting is crucial just like inside is. At outside linebacker there are still top line options that the Huskers are chasing. The top defensive target left on the board this cycle is Minnesota's Kaden Johnson. The Huskers are battling the Gophers and Badgers for his signature but he would be a huge coup. Florida State commit Josh Griffis is another player that the Huskers are in the mix for. He included the Huskers in his revised top three and will be taking an official visit to Lincoln for the Iowa game. JUCO pass rusher Maureesee Wren is another intriguing player set to visit Lincoln soon. Pass rushers Regen Terry and Jared Ivey have already visited Lincoln officially. Jimari Butler recently committed to Tennessee. But is still considering a trip to Lincoln. 

Secondary

Who is committed: 4-star Henry Gray, 3-star Ronald Delancy III, 3-star Tamon Lynum

Dream Finish: We have entered the zone where we can count on Travis Fisher to stock his position group on a yearly basis. With three quality prospects already on board he has the Huskers in the hunt for more talent. California 4-star Darion Green-Warren will make an announcement at the All-America Bowl in January but the Huskers are heavily involved. Florida 4-star Jaiden Francois is another player the Huskers really like this cycle. Don’t count Fisher out on landing both of these talented to players to round out another impressive haul.

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