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Nebraska Recruiting: Blending of Old and Young Producing Best Husker Position Groups

July 28, 2021

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.


We are heading into a pivotal fourth season under Nebraska coach Scott Frost. The program is looking for momentum. It hopes to get closer to what almost everyone thought would happen under Frost. Enough time has passed under Frost that we have crossed into of having more “Frost guys” out there playing prominent roles during games.

As the team opens up fall camp on Friday the team will be led by the two best position groups on the team: defensive back and defensive line. Both units are talented and deep. Beyond that they have something else in common. They are the two positions that Frost and his staff have best blended inherited players and new guys.

Two of the three starters on the defensive line were inherited players. Super senior defensive lineman Ben Stille was on campus when Frost arrived. So was defensive tackle Damion Daniels. The other starter, Ty Robinson, was among the most sought-after recruits of the Frost Era. The Arizona native has been everything he was billed to be as a four-star recruit.

First man off the bench is Casey Rogers and he was part of the transition 2018 recruiting class. Jordon Riley was added as a JUCO transfer. Deontre Thomas is in the Husker defensive line rotation. He was a holdover from the previous coaching staff. There is a great blend in defensive line coach Tony Tuioti’s position room that fans will see often on game days.

Marquel Dismuke is in the secondary as a player recruited by another staff. Dismuke has seen a lot in his time at Nebraska. Having him return for the 2021 season was as much of an emotional boost as it is a boost on the field. His counterpart at safety is Deontai Williams who was part of the 2018 transition class. He’s been around Lincoln long enough to be a veteran despite joining as a JUCO transfer.

The Huskers’ most successful recruit under Frost is Cam Taylor-Britt. He was also part of that 2018 recruiting class. Taylor-Britt remains the Huskers’ best example of their ability to forecast and then develop talent. The battle is ongoing for the spot opposite Taylor-Britt. Quinton Newsome came out of spring with a leg up. Braxton Clark, Nadab Joseph and Tyreke Johnson will all try to make a push during fall camp.

The defensive back doesn’t have the same number of holdovers as the defensive line. It does have is a nice blend of older players that have stayed in the program and up-and-coming players. It should be noted that tight end also has a nice mix like the defensive backfield. Austin Allen is working alongside Travis Vokolek. Thomas Fidone will join that group once he is back from injury. That is a great set up.

Nebraska has run into problems at other positions with constant turnover. Having to recruit the next big thing is not always helpful. The position groups that are projected to lead the way in the 2021 season have a nice mixture of young and veteran players.

Recruit Watch

>> Huskers 2023 quarterback target Reese Mooney had a great visit to Arkansas on Tuesday.

ICYMI

>> Derek Peterson took a look at how Frost and others have talked through NIL distractions and pitfalls. Most believe it all comes down to culture.

>> The Mind Your Own podcast is back to talk about mental health and take questions in the mailbag.

>> In Padding the Stats Jacob Padilla looks closer at Keisei Tominaga, Bryce McGowens and Dalano Banton.

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