Nebraska Recruiting: A Snapshot of Current Big Ten Classes
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Nebraska Recruiting: A Snapshot of Current Big Ten Classes

July 30, 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.

Over the next weeks, fall camps will begin for college football programs. We will soon have real reports of how position battles are taking shape as we get closer to the kickoff of the 2019 season. 

We will also hit another dead period in recruiting so that coaches can concentrate on coaching up their actual players on the roster. With that, it’s a good time to take a quick look at where the teams around the Big Ten stand with the number of recruits for the class of 2020.

Ohio State 22
Michigan 23
Penn State


Iowa 22
Minnesota 23
Northwestern 16
Purdue 15
Indiana 14
Wisconsin 12
Maryland 14
Michigan State 12
Nebraska 8
Rutgers 9
Illinois 6

A lot has been made this summer about the slow start numbers-wise for Nebraska’s 2020 recruiting class. Did I think it would be farther along at this point? Yes. Should fans be panicking? No. In those eight commits that Nebraska has, there is plenty of quality as evidenced by the Huskers’ average recruit ranking per all of the services. 

I am also curious to see how things play out for schools that have their classes basically filled as we roll into August. In theory, a school like Ohio State will end up cutting a current commit or two loose to make room for a rising senior that the Buckeyes really like if needed. However, will Minnesota be able to do that? What about Iowa? 

The flip side of Nebraska only having eight commits right now is that there is plenty of room for prospects who get increased interest in the program during the season or prospects that have big senior seasons and rise up boards. We don’t know yet how things will shake out but there is more to consider here when thinking about the Huskers being “behind” their conference counterparts. 

Recruit Watch

>> Huskers defensive line target Marquis Black picked up an offer from Virginia Tech. Black is planning an official visit to Lincoln this fall.

>> Nebraska made the top three for Alabama defensive back Kendrick Simpkins.


>> Hail Varsity caught up with Simpkins (Premium) to get his thoughts on his recruitment and why he is excited to visit Lincoln this fall. 

>> Derek Peterson took a look at the evolving Husker offense and what it means for Nebraska is 2019.

>> I continued my series of remembering Huskers as recruits, this time it’s defensive back Marquel Dismuke. (Premium)

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