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:
Maryland’s 2020 recruiting class at a glance:
Best current commit: 4-star linebacker Ruben Hyppolite II
Did Nebraska recruit any of the players in its class?
Yes, Nebraska did recruit a couple of Maryland’s commits. Deerfield Beach wide receiver Deajaun McDougle had some interest in the Huskers but ultimately picked the Terrapins. The Huskers recently offered Maryland’s best commit, Ruben Hyppolite II. It’s unclear if the Florida linebacker will visit Lincoln before the early signing period. But he will get a look at the team because he will be at Maryland this weekend for their game against Nebraska.
Are there remaining targets on the board that Nebraska is also recruiting?
There are a few common targets between the two programs left on the board. Iowa Western JUCO offensive lineman Kobe Rios visited Lincoln but came away without an offer. He holds an offer from Maryland and will likely visit them. JUCO cornerback Jakorian Bennett recently put out a top six that did not include the Huskers but does include Maryland. The biggest battle is for recent Miami decommit Marcus Fleming. Nebraska and Maryland are the only two other programs he has taken official visits to. It appears one of them will come away with the speedy wideout.
Any prospects from their last class playing as freshmen?
Very few players from Mike Locksley’s 2019 transition class seem to be hitting the field this season in a meaningful way. Heralded 4-star defensive back Nick Cross has one interception and 36 total tackles. Defensive back Deonte Banks has 17 total tackles.
How has Nebraska recruited the state?
It appears that the only scholarship player on the roster from the state of Maryland is wide receiver Jaron Woodyard. He is originally from Maryland but found his way to the Huskers from Arizona Western Community College in Arizona. Under Frost the Huskers have seen an uptick in offers to Maryland born prospects. They offered 10 in this cycle and 8 during last year.
Are there any notable players that Nebraska lost to them?
Last season Florida wide receiver Jeshaun Jones (6-2, 190) had a breakout game in Maryland’s season opening win against Texas. He finished the season with seven total touchdowns. The Huskers liked him a lot in the 2018 transition class. I thought he was going to end up in Lincoln but he ultimately selected Maryland.
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.