Nine players from Nebraska’s 2020 recruiting class have arrived on campus over the weekend. Of the nine early enrollees, six are high school players, two are junior college players and one is a prep prospect. Arriving early should help each player get a jumpstart on their college and football careers.
In order to get to know the Huskers’ early enrollees, we’re going to take a look at what they’re getting with each player. First up is was defensive back Henry Gray. Then we looked at outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson. Now let’s preview wide receiver Alante Brown.
What his recruitment looked like:
Brown was one of the last prospects to burst onto the public scene in the 2020 recruiting class. He didn’t get an offer from Nebraska until Dec. 2. He took an official visit to Nebraska a week after that.
Brown was originally committed to Texas Tech for the 2019 recruiting cycle but elected to go the prep-school route.
Why he is important to Nebraska:
Brown will give the Huskers another do-everything type of athlete for Coach Scott Frost to use in his offense. At St. Thomas More school in Connecticut, he caught passes, lined up in the backfield and returned kicks. He is a speedy playmaker who looks like a natural wide receiver despite not playing the position full time in high school. Nebraska’s biggest needs this cycle were at linebacker and receiver so the more help the better.
What stands out on film:
Brown lines up all over the field on his highlight tape at St. Thomas More. He is a natural hands catcher that doesn’t take long to get up to full speed. His ability to make cuts at full speed make him a dangerous open field weapon that the Huskers can use in many ways. Check out his ability here on a familiar play that is a staple for the Huskers.
What type of room he’s walking into:
Wide receiver production was scarce in 2019 for Nebraska. Aside from JD Spielman and Wan’Dale Robinson the Huskers failed to find consistent threats on the outside. JUCO pass catcher Omar Manning joins the team this summer and figures to see heavy time. After those three things are wide open. There are a lot of players on the team at the wide receiver position. The door is open for Brown or someone else to make a move for more playing time.
Why it’s important that he arrives early:
If Brown wants to see the field early getting into the playbook and weight room this winter will be key. It’s helpful for him to get a jump start on the four receivers in the recruiting class. Zavier Betts, Marcus Fleming, Omar Manning and Will Nixon will all arrive in the summer. Brown being in Lincoln for spring practice will let him build a rapport with quarterback Adrian Martinez.
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.