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Nebraska Recruiting: Former 4-Star WR Betts Shows Improvement

October 15, 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.


It’s pretty difficult to be an under-the-radar player as a former 4-star in-state prospect. Somehow that is happening with Zavier Betts. At least that was the case until Thursday. We haven’t heard much about Betts’ progress since he arrived on campus. There has been more discussion to this point of Omar Manning and Alante Brown from his recruiting class.

Kade Warner, Levi Falck and Wyatt Liewer have drawn consistent praise from coaches and player so far in camp. On Thursday, offensive coordinator Matt Lubick brought up the former Bellevue West star came up when speaking about Betts, Jamie Nance and Demariyon Houston.

“All three of those guys we’ve seen improvement,” Lubick said. “Really good attitudes. Zavier is the newest out of all those guys. He’s really the last two weeks come on, and has a chance to help us. That’s a challenge for a freshman.

“And then the other two guys, they were both here last year, and they’ve all taken steps. The good thing about that position is we have a lot of depth and guys that can play for us.”

The wide receiver position has been in flux this offseason for the Huskers, so the door is wide open for someone to make a move. Why couldn’t it be Betts? At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Betts projects as a deep-ball-winning, big-play-making receiver at Nebraska. He went over 3,000 yards receiving in high school and brought in 46 career touchdowns for the Bellevue West. Betts was a top 100 recruit at a position that has a better path to making an early impact.

The freshman has the physical tools to be able to contribute right away. There is typically a learning curve with freshmen both learning the playbook. Young players also just need reps. From what Lubick described Betts is seeing time with the second-unit in camp.

“We do a lot of reps so we’re able to rep some of our freshmen and give them shots with the 1s,” Lubick said. “We have 1s, 2s and 3s and kind of intermix them. He’s made some big improvements. I do think he’ll help us this year.

“But for this week, we haven’t decided on that [rotation]. And when it comes to how many guys you’re going to play in the rotation, you’re going to play as many guys that can help you win.”

If Betts can help the team this season it would be a big deal. Cracking the top six or seven to give the Huskers a boost in depth would be enough. It would also show more of an ability to get young, talented players onto the field. That always helps in recruiting more talented players.

Recruit Watch

>> Gretna wide receiver Jackson Alexander picked up a preferred walk on offer from the Huskers.

>> Sumner-Eddyville-Miller athlete Carson Rohde also got a preferred walk on offer from the Huskers on Wednesday.

ICYMI

>> Matt Lubick says that a ‘hard decision’ on Nebraska QBs is a good thing.

>> Wan’Dale Robinson is focused on staying healthy and being a complete wide receiver in his sophomore season.

>> After a hard summer, a slimmed-down Yvan Ouedraogo is ready for his sophomore season.

>> As Derek Peterson writes, with a division title on the line, Kearney Catholic preps for Holdrege. 

>> The last Husker JV game is the subject of this week’s Tom’s Time.

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