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Nebraska Recruiting: DL Target Buckley Excited to be Back on Field

September 21, 2020

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.

The long-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still being felt across sports. We still don’t have a good grasp on what the Big Ten will do about fall sports—football in particular—in the coming weeks. High school football is underway around the country with a lot of safety measures in place. Hail Varsity has been on the scene for a lot of local football coverage.

Several states around the country have elected to postpone fall sports. Most that postponed won’t play until the spring. Within Omaha. things are split right now. Omaha Public Schools decided not to play football. There are also some notable states around the country not playing. California, Illinois, Michigan and Colorado are not playing football this fall.

That is until recently. We are seeing some states reverse course on their decisions. New information, improved testing or reduced community spread all play a role. The state of Michigan recently decided that it was OK to proceed with football now.

Now that Michigan has changed the initial decision, plenty of players are fired up around the state. One player excited to be playing high school football again is priority Huskers defensive target Ru’Quan Buckley. The big (6-5, 260) lineman was able to get on the practice field with his team on Tuesday for the first time since last season.

“I was very excited and eager to do things on the field,” Buckley said.

The Godwin Heights standout plays in the season opener for his senior year on Sept. 18. The team doesn’t have a lot of time to prepare but Buckley thinks they hit the ground running on Day 1.

“It was fun out there,” Buckley said. “Everybody was so excited to get going but we practiced like we knew everything and executed the plays.”

It’s great news that thousands of high schoolers across Michigan will get a chance to compete this fall. Safety is first so it now being deemed safe to play is positive. Talking with players and coaches who get the chance to play this fall everyone understands just how precious the opportunity is.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska made the top six for Tennessee defensive back John Howse on Thursday.

>> Check out the latest edit that the Huskers made for recruits. Quarterback commit Heinrich Haarberg posted his on social media.

>> Talented 2023 offensive lineman Kaydn Proctor picked up a big offer when the in-state Hawkeyes came to the table on Wednesday night.


>> I took a look at who could fill the remaining slots (Premium) in the 2021 recruiting class for Nebraska.

>> Settle in for Tom’s Time for when the Huskers were ‘a little sorry about the score’ in the ’93 opener.

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