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We received a very intriguing question in this week’s mailbag about instant-impact players in the 2020 recruiting class.
As we saw in 2019 with Wan'Dale, he was a 'Plug and Play' recruit for the coaches. Are there any incoming freshmen who fit the "Plug and Play" mold, where the coaches are already coming up with ways to use them next fall? (@Corn_Huskers)
The question was made more intriguing by forcing us to exclude junior college players. Omar Manning and Eteva Mauga-Clements would have been easy choices if either could be included. Plus, it would have felt like cheating to include JUCO players since they are mostly brought in to have an instant impact.
With JUCO players excluded, the Hail Varsity staff’s answers included four different players. Wide receiver Zavier Betts, linebacker Keyshawn Green (mentioned twice), wide receiver Alante Brown and running back Marvin Scott III were all named.
A lot of factors come into play when thinking through players that can make an immediate splash. Once players arrive on campus it won’t matter any what their star rankings were at that point. A lot of what determines how quickly you are able to play has to do with who is already in your position room. Not to mention what position that is.
For example, Turner Corcoran will arrive in Lincoln as the highest-rated player in the class. It would be an incredible accomplishment for him to see significant snaps in 2020. Not because he isn’t talented but because it’s hard to jump from high school to starting on an offensive line in the Big Ten. We went through the same situation with Bryce Benhart the year before. It’s a huge bonus if those guys can play as freshmen but it shouldn’t be expected. It’s also hard to carve out a sub-package role as a lineman.
Take a player like wide receiver/running back Will Nixon though. I almost named him in the mailbag. The wide receiver room is pretty open after Robinson, Spielman and Manning. It’s easier for skill players to hit the ground running upon arrival. Plus, Nixon’s dad Jeff is the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Baylor and it is a general safe bet to count on coaches' kids to be prepared to help the team.
The 2020 recruiting class has high expectations just like the 2019 class did. Both have a lot of players to be excited about but part of what unfolds over the next couple of seasons will be an exercise in patience. That is part of what makes recruiting such an inexact science. You never know until players get on campus what they are capable of.
>> New Jersey 2021 defensive end Aaron Armitage added the Huskers to his impressive offer list.
Blessed to have received an offer from the University of Nebraska
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— Aaron Armitage (@armitage_aaron) January 8, 2020
>> The Huskers’ early enrollees are arriving in Lincoln. Defensive back Tamon Lynum is excited be back in his second home.
> > Recent pass rusher 2021 offer Keeshawn Silver added an offer from Oklahoma on Thursday.
— Keeshawn Silver (@_jumpman74) January 9, 2020
>> Tom’s Time is back to go through the time the Huskers avoided upset and embarrassment at the hands of Oregon State.
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.