Have you ever wondered how Nebraska’s opponent for the current week is doing in recruiting? Perhaps you’d like to know more about the battles on the recruiting trail in recent years. In this new feature, we are going to take a look weekly at some key factors in recruiting for the team Nebraska is facing.
We’ve gone through the opponents so far:
Indiana’s 2020 recruiting class at a glance:
Best current commit: 4-star WR Rashawn Williams
Did Nebraska recruit any of the players in their class?
Not exactly. Indiana’s best recruit, 4-star wide receiver Rashawn Williams, did visit Nebraska. He was part of a large group that checked out Nebraska from Martin Luther King High School in Detroit. However, that visit happened prior to Mike Riley’s final season. There wasn’t much interest from Nebraska’s side once Coach Scott Frost and his staff took over the program.
Are there remaining targets on their board that Nebraska is also recruiting?
No, there are not. Indiana and Nebraska don’t have much in common in terms of style of play so that does make some sense. Digging deeper, it appears that none of Nebraska’s 13 commits even hold offers from the Hoosiers. That was the part I found most surprising.
Any prospects from their last class playing as freshmen?
Last cycle, Indiana’s top-rated commit was running back Sampson James. He has the third most carries on the team with 31 for 85 yards and two scores. James also has a pair of catches for 21 yards. Wide receiver David Ellis has a few carries but also five catches for 49 yards. Ellis is also the main kick returner with a 20.5-yard average on his 21 recturns. Tight Gary Cooper has seen action and has a reception. There are plent of freshmen seeing some snaps on defense. Most notably Tiawan Mullen has 7 total tackles.
How has Nebraska recruited the state?
Nebraska has made much of an attempt to recruit the Hoosier State. They signed zero players from the state 2019 and 2018. Beyond that only tight end Kurt Rafdal in 2017 and linebacker Collin Miller in 2016 have joined the team.
Are there any notable players that Nebraska lost to them?
There are a few players that committed to Indiana last cycle that Nebraska recruited. All three players are from the state of Florida. Defensive back Josh Sanguinetti was someone the Huskers liked but he did not take an official visit to Lincoln. Defensive tackle Sio Nofoagatoto’a attended the same high school as Sanguinetti and the Huskers offered him as well. The toughest lost by far was cornerback Tiawan Mullen. The talented defender visited Lincoln for the season opener. He was widely thought to be a Husker lean throughout the process but picked Indiana in a surprising move.
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.