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Nebraska Recruiting: Evaluating the Huskers’ Needs Down the Stretch

November 14, 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.


During his Monday press conference, Coach Scott Frost talked a little about the Huskers’ plan of attack and what type of recruits they’re searching for down the stretch before the December signing period.

“I think long-term hopefully we have the thing built from the ground up the right way that there’s probably only one or two spots that we’re going to need immediate help,” Frost said. “That wasn’t the situation we walked into last year, so we went out and found the best we could for our team. 

“Some of those situations still exist this year, so if we feel like we need an older guy to help we’re going to go look, but at the end of the day we’re going to evaluate everybody based on how much we think they can help this football team. If that’s an 18-year-old, great, if that’s a 20-year-old, great. We just have to make sure we get the right kids, not just on the field but off.”

It's unreasonable to expect any coach to be 100 percent honest when publicly talking about needs. Frost is much more upfront than most though so it struck me that he noted there are one or two spots that the team will need immediate help. At this point, I believe those two areas are wide receiver and safety.

As we near the end of Stanley Morgan Jr.’s time at Nebraska, it is becoming more apparent that the Huskers will have a very difficult time replacing him next season. There are plenty of players with promise like Mike Williams, Jaron Woodyard and Jaevon McQuitty. Kade Warner is another option that has clearly worked himself into the mix as well. Perhaps a grad transfer would be just what the doctor ordered to help that room out. 

At safety, Nebraska graduates Tre Neal, Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed. I’d pencil in Deontai Williams for a starting role next season, but who will play opposite of him? A pair of young players, C.J. Smith and Cam Jones, would be great options if we could have seen more of them this season. I believe JoJo Domann has found a home as a hybrid outside linebacker so that takes him out of the mix. The Huskers could look to the junior college ranks to fill this void with Markquese Bell who just happens to be scheduled to visit for the Michigan State game. 

Recruit Watch

>> The Huskers are really starting to use their results on Saturdays as a recruiting tool.

>> Nebraska junior college linebacker target Celestin Haba was named defensive player of the year in the WSFL.

>> Speaking of Markquese Bell, the safety was named first team all-conference. 

ICYMI

>> No one is ready for Stanley Morgan Jr. to play his last game at home.

>> The Lo-Down is back to look at the evolution of volleyball uniforms.

>> The Huskers are staying focused on MSU this weekend as the end nears for the seniors.

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