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Nebraska Recruiting: Answering the Questions Leading to NSD

February 18, 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.


Back in December, I explored some key questions coming out of the early signing period as Nebraska made the final push to the February signing day. How did the Huskers do?

In case you forgot, here were the questions:

  • How many official visits will be saved for 2020 prospects?
  • Will the Huskers land more pass rush?
  • How far ahead can the Huskers get on 2020?
  • Will there be any big surprises?
  • What happens with Noa Pola-Gates?

A few of these are pretty straightforward to answer. By my unofficial count, Nebraska has 13 official visits leftover to use for 2020 prospects this spring. It would be pretty surprising if we didn’t end up see a mixture of spring game official visits and a few prospects use them on other dates if they can’t make the spring game. 

The Huskers did not land additional pass rush in February. Things didn’t work out with players like Steven Parker and Dylan Jordan. Adding multiple outside linebackers will still be a priority in the 2020 class. As for getting ahead with the class of 2020, Nebraska is on its way in terms of offers sent out. The Huskers will be among the leaders in the nation again in scholarships offered as they cast a wide net to build the talent base in Lincoln. 

The next step is to obviously add to the commitment list that sits at one right now. Spring/summer is when I’d expect things to heat up with commitments. 

There were no real surprises down the stretch run for the 2019 class. National Signing Day itself was drama-free with just one Husker-related announcement that day when wide receiver Demariyon Houston announced for Nebraska. Finally, in very good news, we all found out at the Polynesian Bowl that Noa Pola-Gates was committed to Nebraska.

Moving forward, January/February may look a lot like it did to finish out the 2019 class. Not a lot of drama with a couple pieces of good news for the Huskers. If the biggest questions during that time period are related to future classes, then Nebraska has done very well in the December signing period with their evaluations and commits. 

Recruit Watch

>> Mookie Cooper, a 2020 ATH from St Louis, visited Texas this weekend and ended up committing to the Longhorns. 

https://twitter.com/uheardof5/status/1096839601484980224

>> Darius Snow, a 4-star defensive back from Texas, released his top 13 this weekend. The Huskers made the early cut. 

https://twitter.com/dsnowzy23/status/1096942977564528640

>> The next speedy running back/wide receiver to know for 2020 might be Quin Bright from Cedar Hill, Texas. He released his “elite eight” and the Huskers made the cut.

https://twitter.com/QuinBright/status/1097230341964746753

ICYMI

>> Brandon Vogel spent at Saturday in football’s ‘gray area’ and wrote about it. 

>> Is a top-10 recruiting class required to make the College Football Playoff? Take a look at the data Derek Peterson uncovered. 

>> Jacob Padilla has three takeaways from Nebraska’s win over Northwestern.

>> Nebraska baseball took its opening weekend series with UC Riverside, 3-1, and Kyle Kardell offered up three quick takeaways.

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