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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.