Last month, I wrote about how you could make the case for several Nebraska assistants being the best recruiter this season after a Hail Varsity mailbag question came in wanting o look into the subject. I made a case for several assistants on staff because it was a strong year across the board.
Technically, you could make the argument that Coach Scott Frost is the best because he sets the vision and is the closer. However, I am making him ineligible for this discussion. Upon further review, I’m going against the conventional wisdom pick of running backs coach Ryan Held (although he’s received his fair share of praise too) to say that defensive backs coach Travis Fisher is the real MVP.
Think about the additions to his room in the 2019 class. They are all versatile, athletic and tough. Myles Farmer and Quinton Newsome are two steals out of the South who have big-time potential. Javin Wright is a prospect to be excited about who knows exactly what it takes to be a great defender at Nebraska thanks to his dad.
Noa Pola-Gates is the jewel of the group who should see the field sooner rather than later. All four players have cornerback skills, could play safety but will hit you like a linebacker. That sounds like exactly what Fisher likes in his guys, especially from what Frost has had to say about it.
“He does a great job managing his room, he does a great job recruiting to get talent in his room,” Frost said during his signing day press conference. “That’s going to be a really talented group of kids. There’s some older guys with Dicaprio [Bootle], with Deontai [Williams]. There’s going to be a lot of young talent, too. So some of those old guys are going to have to keep playing well. They’re going to have to compete a little more and they’re going to have to show that they can be leaders.
“Some of the young guys were anxious to get in here and let them run around and compete. I think that’s going to be a deeper unit than we’ve had. To be honest with you, that group struggled a little bit to adapt to the way we wanted to do things early on in the year. The message to me coming out of the weight room is that group’s about the best one in the weight room right now. Between the strength and conditioning group and Coach Fish and Coach Chinander, I think that group’s in a really good place and will be for a while.”
Is a “no fly zone” coming to Lincoln soon? Time will tell but Fisher has certainly put himself in position to have a lot of great options in the secondary in 2019 and beyond.
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.