Nebraska added a 10th player to its 2018 class on Sunday in Cameron Brown, a speedy, 3-star receiver from Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis. His commitment gives the Huskers three receivers in this class, counting athlete Eric Fuller, and, given the expected small size of this class, it’s probably time to do a quick tally of where things stand, what Nebraska still needs and which positions are filling up.
QB: No commits in the boat yet, and, while it would make some folks uneasy, Nebraska probably could get away with not taking a quarterback in this class. But it’s a little bit risky. Technically, the Huskers should have three scholarship quarterbacks back in 2018, but a lot can happen before then. Tanner Lee could leave early. If he doesn’t, does Patrick O’Brien? It’s probably safer to assume Nebraska goes into next season with two QBs, however that comes about.
RB: No commit here either, though it seems like the Huskers can get Delaware running back Grahm Roberts if they decide he’s the guy for this class. The issue here is two years down the road, when Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon are both seniors. Nebraska is probably going to have to take multiple backs in one of the next two classes.
WR: Three are already committed and if the players want to come, I suspect Nebraska would take two more in 2018. That’s because the Huskers have no scholarship sophomores at the position. There are only two seniors on the 2017 roster, but at least four guys come off the books following 2018. Point being, if Joshua Moore wants to join this class there will be room for him.
TE: Two men leave (Tyler Hoppes, Connor Ketter), one man-child (Cameron Jurgens) enters after this season. Jurgens is a versatile player who could get a look defensively, too, but either way, with five underclassmen tight ends on the roster currently Nebraska shouldn’t have to push to hard to find another right away.
OL: Pretty good balance here. One senior on the current roster, three juniors, three sophomores, eight combined redshirt and true freshmen and one verbal commit. And that’s not even counting the walk-ons. At this position, one or two walk-ons always seem to break through and find playing time. Nebraska seems to be in a decent spot here and can be somewhat selective in the rest of this cycle.
DL: The Huskers have just one senior (A.J. Natter) between defensive ends and tackles and plenty of young options at both spots beyond this year. The question up front will be how strong a need does new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco feel to get guys who are prototypical fits for his brand of defense. That will probably define what happens here the rest of the way. Nebraska has already landed one of each, but if the Huskers get into the 2017 season and feel they need more options, I could see a couple of up-for-grabs scholarships finding their way to the defensive line. Unless…
LB: …they end up at linebacker. Nebraska doesn’t have one in this class yet, but the Huskers should have 10 linebackers returning in 2018. That relieves a little pressure here, but I think the Huskers would still take two in this class. Given the way Trent Bray has recruited, you probably want the Huskers to take as many at that position as they can afford each year. And, given the blurred lines between 3-4 outside linebackers and defensive ends, there’s a little extra flexibility on the defensive side.
DB: A lot of turnover on the horizon. Nebraska has three senior corners, and one senior safety. More than half the Huskers remaining scholarship players in the secondary carry the general “DB” tag, but the spring was good for sorting out the Huskers’ depth chart here moving forward. There are sophomores and freshmen here that are poised to play in 2017. They’re probably not starters, but that’s a good thing for now because they will be soon enough. The Huskers already have two commits here, Brendan Radley-Hiles and athlete Chase Williams, and both are corners. Have to figure the Huskers will take at least two more here with an emphasis on safety.
The Grab Bag
- Following a series sweep of Rutgers, the Huskers are atop the Big Ten standings.
- Tommy Armstrong has been invited back to take part in the Vikings’ OTAs, but as a safety, not a running back.
- Must-read from ESPN on Arizona track athlete Baillie Gibson and a coaching relationship gone horribly wrong.
- Penn State kicker Joey Julius has reentered treatment for an eating disorder.
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