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Nebraska Recruiting: 2020 Is Quickly Approaching

October 07, 2018

Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


On Friday night, Hail Varsity was in Lawrence, Kansas, to see 4-star 2020 OT Turner Corcoran‍ play in person. I provided my five thoughts on the game, Corcoran’s team and his play. After thinking about it more, I have something else to add. 

It’s not a big secret that the class of 2020 is loaded, particularly in the 500-mile radius. Defensive tackle Nash Hutmacher is in South Dakota, offensive lineman Tyler Miller is in Iowa and wide receivers Zavier Better and Xavier Watts are in Omaha. Offensive linemen Reece Atteberry and Carson Lee, as well as defensive lineman Aidan Keanaaina, are all in Colorado. 

Each of the players I just named are big-time prospects and have all been on Nebraska’s campus. In fact, most have been to Lincoln multiple times since Scott Frost took over the program. When it comes to 2020, this is the year for Nebraska to make a big move in recruiting and lay the foundation for what the Frost Era will look like. 

In my mind, Corcoran stands above the rest. Nebraska will continue to develop a very explosive offense led by quarterback Adrian Martinez and running back Maurice Washington, but if the Huskers want to get to championship levels again, it must start with line play. 

That’s what could make Corcoran the most important target in next year’s class. 

Recruit Watch

>> Bryce Childress, a 3-star athlete from Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, Missouri, has reopened his recruitment. The versatile player that could be a cornerback or wide receiver at the collegiate level was committed to Illinois. He did have Nebraska in his final group before his commitment and sources say he would be open to hearing more from the Huskers.  

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5665487/5bb8fc394205b6087c2f2bfe

>> Every Sunday it seems like I’m providing a Wandale Robinson update. There’s a good reason for that considering he is an electric athlete that is a perfect fit for Nebraska’s offense. In his game last Friday, Robinson rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns, had 37 receiving yards, returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown, completed 4-of-5 passes for 64 yards, had 14 tackles and forced 3 fumbles. Wow.

He also visited Ohio State this weekend. 

>> Keep an eye on junior college outside linebacker Celestin Haba from Scottsdale Community College. He doesn’t have an offer from Nebraska yet but the pass rusher could be close. Stay tuned for more from him on the site soon.

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/4288853/5b9725c302bc090ab447c3fa

>> The class of 2019 in the state of Nebraska has been talked about quite a bit. There is a 2020 player I’ve mentioned before that will continue to get more and more attention. Omaha Burke wide receiver Xavier Watts updated his highlights and I’m always impressed with him. He doesn’t have an offer from the Huskers yet. 

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7629864/5bb43a937bd2a308e4417fc4

ICYMI

>> Brandon Vogel worked his usual magic on his post-game column highlighting the past, present and future of Husker football

>> Derek Peterson took note of the optimism following Nebraska’s loss to Wisconsin. 

>> Following my trip to Lawrence, Kansas, to see 2020 4-star Turner Corcoran play, I got a chance to interview him and talk through his recruitment. (Premium)

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