After all the visits (with more still to come) and scholarship offers, we have come to the end of the 2019 recruiting class. Nebraska currently has 26 commits. Of those, 25 of them have signed their letter of intent (with offensive lineman Desmond Bland being the lone exception). As I’ve reported for a while now, I don’t expect Bland to sign with Nebraska so we will operate under the assumption that Bland won’t be in the class. Graduate transfer Darrion Daniels also counts, so after taking Bland out and adding Daniels, Nebraska is still at 26 signees with 4 additional spots in the class.
Who will fill those spots? It’s time to make some predictions.
3-star WR Charles Njoku
Njoku has been a top target for Nebraska since he backed off from his pledge to Missouri before the dead period. Standing at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, his measurables and potential are off the charts. Njoku took an official visit to Nebraska the weekend of Jan. 11 and an official the weekend of Jan. 18 to UCLA so it looks to be a Chip Kelly versus Scott Frost battle for the wideout.
I’ll take the Huskers to win out here.
Outside linebacker Dylan Jordan
Jordan has become one of the more intriguing prospects in this cycle for Nebraska. He did not have a lot of offers prior to the early signing period but has since seen his recruitment take off. He has already taken official visits to Utah and TCU in January with Nebraska getting the final visit the weekend of Jan. 25 before his stated announcement day of Monday, Jan. 28. The Huskers have done their due diligence on Jordan having sent coaches in-home each week during the contact period including coach Scott Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander on Jan. 21.
I’m going to call my shot before his official visit that he will be “N” for the Huskers.
3-star defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao
Pola-Mao started off his senior season as a consensus 4-star prospect but has seen his stock drop some due to injuries. After seeing him at the Polynesian Bowl, he looks to have recovered fully and showed a nice burst off the ball. He is the cousin of recent Huskers signee Noa Pola-Gates. Pola-Mao will take his official visit to Lincoln the weekend of Jan. 25.
I don’t see the Huskers turning him away, especially if Pola-Gates joins him on the trip for an unofficial visit.
4-star outside linebacker Steven Parker
Parker took an official visit to Nebraska the weekend of Jan. 11 and while he has played his cards close to the vest, things look good between he and the Huskers. The only other visit he has planned currently is for the weekend before National Signing Day to Kansas so the Huskers will have a strong pitch. Last season, Nebraska almost pulled a major coup by landing both Caleb Tannor and Javonte Jean-Baptiste for the outside linebacker room.
This year, I think the Huskers pull off what they attempted last cycle by landing both Dylan Jordan and Steven Parker which will give them a lot of options to work with for adding pass rush to the Blackshirts.
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.