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.
Nebraska’s recruiting class is still small in size. Yet, the players that are in the class are having some great seasons so far. I’ve gotten to see three in person this season and all have performed well.
When I saw 3-star outside linebacker Blaise Gunnerson play in person, he left little doubt that he could grow into an outside linebacker. He will be a great addition to defensive coordinator Erik Chinander's defense. Gunnerson is quite athletic for his size. He also uses his hands well and gets good bend in pass rush situations. Turner Corcoran was a dominant run blocker the night I saw him. Nebraska’s highest-rated commit fires off the ball well and once he gets his hands on an opponent, it’s over.
Last week I was in Omaha to check out the big Class A matchup in Nebraska. Bellevue West and Elkhorn South squared off under the lights. Nebraska’s highest-rated wide receiver commit Zavier Betts showed why he is a high 4-star that night. He posted 8 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns in a big win.
Those guys aren’t the only ones off to great starts this season. Oklahoma running back Sevion Morrison has topped Spencer Tillman’s career rushing record. But he’s not done yet. He has 63 rushes for 551 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. He produced some fun highlights during his game last week.
Florida running back commit Marvin Scott III “only” had 158 yards last week on 11 carries and a touchdown. He has 57 carries for 504 yards and six touchdowns so far this season through three games. Up in South Dakota, Nash Hutmacher has been very productive. He’s tallied 48 tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack.
Will Nixon is probably the offensive commit that gets talked about the least in the class. He’s been very good this year for his Midway High School squad. Coach Scott Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters covet his versatility. Nixon has shown that off to start his season with 77 rushes for 512 yards and six scores on the ground. He also has 16 catches for 90 yards.
Quarterback commit Logan Smothers has the most interesting stats of any commit right now. In five games he has thrown for 752 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also rushed the ball for 343 yards and six scores. Yet, he hasn’t played in a fourth quarter yet this season because his team keeps blowing opponents out.
We’ll do another check-in later in the season to see how the class is progressing during their senior seasons.
>> Huskers linebacker target Rodney Groce will be in Lincoln for an official visit this weekend. He will also be enrolling early at his school of choice.
— Rodney Groce Jr 🐶™️ (@rodneygroce_) September 24, 2019
>> Wide receiver Lavon Bunkley-Shelton is ready for his official visit to Lincoln this weekend.
— LV Bunkley-Shelton♕ (@JackNapi3r_) September 24, 2019
>> Travis Geiger is one of the few junior college defensive tackles Nebraska is still talking to. He released his Hudl highlights.
>> Nebraska’s defense is preparing in multiple ways to face Justin Fields.
>> The Huskers’ run defense has something to prove (Premium) after a setback in Champaign, writes Jacob Padilla.
>> The Lo-Down is back to give thanks to Nebraska volleyball fans.
>> I took a look at the current state (Premium) of Big Ten Recruiting as conference play gets ramped up.
>> Nebraska’s secondary is looking to build on its play (Premium) last week as they take on Ohio 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.