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 Wednesday, Nebraska got big news when 4-star (HV Rating: 93.3) wide receiver Zavier Betts from Bellevue (Neb.) West committed to join the 2020 recruiting class. His commitment is big not just because he is a talented football player but also because Nebraska wants to keep the top talent in the state at home.
We have talked some about inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud and the work he has done already while leading in-state recruiting. He’s off to a hot start for 2020 after Betts verbally pledged to the Huskers after going five-for-five with in-state scholarship players in 2019. Coach Mike Huffman at Bellevue West gave his thoughts on what makes Ruud so good on Wednesday’s edition of Hail Varsity Radio.
“He is absolutely fantastic. This guy, he’s available at a drop of a hat,” Huffman said. “Even when he’s not recruiting one of the kids, he will shoot a text message out making sure everything is OK. ‘Hey Huff, how’s your family’ and stuff like that. He’s a straight shooter. Zavier called me this morning to let me know he was going to do it, which was really out of left field because I thought he was going to do it in the summer. I reached out to Barrett and it had to be less than 10 minutes after practice was done that he was buzzing my phone back.”
Aside from that personal touch and paying attention to the details, Huffman thinks that Ruud’s experience plays a factor in his ability to connect.
“He’s just great at what he does. He’s lived it, he’s from Nebraska,” Huffman explained. “He played high school football at a very high level. [Lincoln] Southeast was a juggernaut when he was there. Then he went out, had a great career at Nebraska and played in the league. He just gets it. He’s a superstar and I hope he stays at Nebraska for a long time. I would assume there will be some options for him down the road.”
Now that Betts is ‘N’, the full attention of Ruud, Coach Scott Frost and offensive coordinator Troy Walters can shift to Omaha Burke wide receiver Xavier Watts. The state champion wideout will be in attendance for the spring game on April 13.
>> Earlier Thursday, as Hail Varsity reported, 4-star offensive tackle target Turner Corcoran shared that he will attend Nebraska’s spring game.
>> Ali Gaye, a defensive end at Garden City Community College, got some love from the Huskers on social media. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound lineman could be a potential fall visitor.
>> Teddy Prochazka, a 2021 offensive tackle from Elkhorn South, will be at the spring game.
— Teddy Prochazka I ⁶⁴ (@TeddyProchazka) April 4, 2019
>> We have a rolling list of confirmed spring game visitors that is continuing to be updated. (Premium)
>> Former Nebraska basketball coach Doc Sadler says Fred Hoiberg has one of the best minds in basketball.
> > I caught up with defensive lineman Jamar Sekona ahead of his visit for the spring game. He is excited to reunite with Coach Tuioti that weekend. (Premium)
>> There has been some buzz about Alex Davis this spring. As Jacob Padilla wrote, Davis is ready to make the most of his final season.
>> Kyle Kardell explains that Nebraska baseball is looking for consistency as the conference grid rolls on.
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.