Nebraska Recruiting: How Well do The Huskers Recruit Illinois?
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Nebraska Recruiting: How Well do The Huskers Recruit Illinois?

September 11, 2019

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.

For the next two weeks, Nebraska will square off against teams that hail from the state of Illinois. The Huskers will host Northern Illinois on Sept. 14 then travel to Champaign to face off against Illinois in their first conference game on Sept. 21. This made me think wonder: how has Nebraska done with recruiting Illinois?

The Huskers don’t actually have a player on the current roster from the state. With Nebraska being in the Big Ten for several years now, I figured the Huskers would have made more inroads into the state within the conference footprint. Illinois has good high school football and the prospects in the state are generally open to leaving the state for college football. 

Year Signed Offered 3-star and above in IL
2019 0 6


2018 0 7 57
2017 0 3 68
2016 1 7 55
2015 0 6 51

Offensive lineman Brian Brokop was the last player from Illinois to sign with the Huskers. He was a 3-star prospect and left the program a year ago. As you can see from the chart there has been a choice by numerous coaching staffs to not make a strong push in Illinois. That trend is continuing into the 2020 recruiting class. 

Nebraska has offered eight players in the current cycle from Illinois, including Iowa Western star defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey who is committed Oklahoma. The other players who have verbally committed are pledged to quality schools. They are heading to Purdue, Michigan, Oregon, Notre Dame. 

I don’t think that it’s necessarily a bad thing that the Huskers aren’t recruiting Illinois as hard as they do Georgia, Texas, California, Florida or Arizona. It’s not a good thing either. It is more of an observation on recruiting strategy from multiple coaching staffs at Nebraska. 

Recruit Watch

>> Husker linebacker target Desmond Tisdol has committed to play in the All-American Bowl in January. 

>> Priority 2021 defensive end/outside linebacker target TJ Bollers picked up a big honor on Tuesday night. 

>> Aaron Kurth, a 2020 lineman from Kansas, will be making the trip to Lincoln for an unofficial visit. 


>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag dissecting the Colorado loss and more. 

>> Another defender is making his way to Lincoln for an official visit this weekend (Premium) and Hail Varsity has the details. 

>> Derek Peterson has your practice report including Nebraska needing more from its wide receivers. 

>> Jacob Padilla tracked down Nebraska’s defensive participation against Colorado and what it all means. (Premium)

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