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Nebraska Recruiting: Can Offensive Milestones Help on the Trail?

November 06, 2018

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 has three games left in the season and there are some significant offensive milestones within reach. Senior running back Devine Ozigbo is just 204 yards shy of 1,000 rushing yards, which would make him the first to do so at Nebraska since Ameer Abdullah in 2014. Stanley Morgan Jr. is 275 yards away from 1,000 for the season. JD Spielman is 253 yards away from the mark as well. 

On Monday, coach Scott Frost said that the first goal is to win games but he would love to see those players get to 1,000 yards. He was also asked if hitting those benchmarks would help in the recruiting process.

“Yeah, probably,” Frost said. “I think out on the recruiting trail kids see what our offense is about and man, if I was a young player in high school looking at our core of young players and especially our freshman quarterback, I’d want to come catch balls from him. I think a lot of those things speak for themselves, but it always helps to have to proof on paper and Stan and JD and Devine are all close to hitting a milestone.”

Even if those guys don’t all hit those numbers, Nebraska shouldn’t have a shortage of skill position players wanting to play in Lincoln. It’s not just about the offense or who is calling the plays but it’s also about Adrian Martinez. The freshman quarterback picked up another Big Ten co-freshman of the week honor on Monday and has gotten better as the season has progressed. 

The Huskers will continue to find the right guys to play in their offense regardless of star-ranking and that’s OK, too. I get asked a lot why more 4-star or 5-star receivers don’t have Nebraska heavily involved in their recruiting. 

Remember that all three of these potential record-setting Huskers were 3-star recruits. 

Recruit Watch

>> Dominic Watt, the wide receiver commit from the 2018 recruiting class that ended up at Garden City Community College, scored his first touchdown of the season this week. 

>> Sticking with Garden City, 2019 running back commit Dedrick Mills is now the leading rushing yards and touchdowns in junior college. 

>> A familiar name in the class of 2020 has put out his highlight tape. Isaac Gifford is a captain and defender for Lincoln Southeast High School. Gifford is the younger brother of current senior linebacker Luke Gifford.

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7424067/5bdf9d37a018850d2c0171fa

>> On Monday, Nebraska sent out a couple official offers to defenders worth keeping an eye on. Junior college linebacker Dru Mathis from Moorpark Community College in California and high school DE Myron Warren from Many, Louisiana, both picked up offers. Nebraska would like to host both rising defenders soon.

https://twitter.com/DruMathis22/status/1059476742371332096

ICYMI

>> Nebraska’s road back to relevance may not be as long as we thought if you agree with Urban Meyer.

>> Adrian Martinez added another freshman award.

>> Day by day the Huskers are making more plays, writes Jacob Padilla.

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