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Nebraska Recruiting: A Little Hype Never Hurt Nobody

March 25, 2019

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.

Each spring there are new faces on the roster that we talk about a lot. There are always going to be guys that come into the program with a lot of fanfare (which is actually a good thing). It means the staff has done its job in adding highly-touted players to the roster.

This year’s player that fits that mold is offensive weapon Wan’Dale Robinson, who spends most of his time at wide receiver but also slides into Ryan Held’s running back room. 

“He’s the type of guy we want to recruit. The versatile guy that can be a receiver and can be a running back,” Held said on Monday. “He might motion back in and run the ball. He creates some different mismatches. We can have him in the backfield and motion him out. If a linebacker is on him, we like our chances there. The more of those guys that you can get who are smart—he’s a fast blinker. He understands the offense. You tell him once and he gets it. Those are guys that can play inside or outside. Some guys have it and some guys don’t. He’s got it. I’m not going to put the cart before the horse though. He’s a good player but has things to work on. He’s out there with a smile on his face.

“He’s the type of guy you want in your program. He’s a ‘dog.’”

Clearly everyone around the program is excited for what Robinson can bring to the table as soon as this season. Some attempts are made to keep the hype under wraps but the way the staff talks about him is just different.

If you remember back to last spring, Miles Jones was a player mentioned a lot by the coaches before he even arrived on campus. And we would be wise to not write off the redshirt freshman who has dealt with some injuries. Held is still eager to see what the Florida native can do this spring.

“Miles was able to be cleared today,” Held said. “The first two weeks he was limited but now he’s cleared. We will be in some pads on Wednesday, which will be nice. He’s a guy that we have to see what he can do. He’s a guy when we recruited him that could run and do some things with the ball in his hands. He mixes in with Coach Walters and then he’s with me. He’s going to get a lot of reps down the stretch. I have to see if he’s an asset more in my position or if he’s a hybrid guy. I have to see.”

As time goes on, fans should hope to see more and more players coming into the program with hype surrounding them. Everyone has to prove it on the field but winning tough battles on the recruiting trail will lead to winning games on the football field. 

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska is hosting its second Junior Day this weekend. Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan, a 2021 linebacker from Kansas City, will be in attendance.

>> Teddy Prochazka, a 2021 offensive tackle from Elkhorn South, will see him there. 

>> Muhsin Muhammad, a 4-star wide receiver from North Carolina, is ready for his visit this week. 


>> Nebraska’s NIT run and season came to an end against TCU.

>> Check out the video of offensive coordinator Troy Walters recapping the Huskers’ first practice back from spring break.

>> There are plenty of snaps up for grabs at wide receiver this year and Jaron Woodyard is making his case, writes Jacob Padilla. 

>> Derek Peterson has the practice report and was left feeling that practice resumed at a championship standard.

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