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Nebraska Football Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick Talking to Press
Photo Credit: John S. Peterson

Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Eager to Work With New Wideouts

August 25, 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 seems like it was years—not months—ago when Nebraska signed one of the Big Ten’s best wide receiver groups. The class of 2020 pass catchers has a chance to be a special one in Lincoln. Of the five that were signed, just Alante Brown enrolled early. The prep school early enrollee was turning heads in the first couple of practices. Beyond Brown’s very early performance there is not much for new offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Matt Lubick to judge on.

The other four wideouts—Omar Manning, Zavier Betts, Marcus Fleming and Will Nixon—arrived in the summer. There has been a unique schedule to ramp back up for football. It needed to be done on response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of that, Lubick hasn’t worked with the majority of his new scholarship wideouts. As he explained onTuesday’s Sports Nightly, he is fired up to work with the group.

“They’re all great kids, first off,” Lubick said. “Second of all, you look at their tape and you can tell how talented they are. I’m excited to work with them. We’re so limited in what we can do. But they’re on campus, and our older kids, who I could not be more proud of, are kind of taking them under their wings and showing them the ropes and starting to teach them the offense.”

There is a lot of excitement around the incoming wide receivers for the Huskers. Still, the position group will remain a mystery until practices begin on Aug. 7. The group could be an X-factor for Nebraska’s 2020 season as the offense looks to take off under Coach Scott Frost. Patience should be in order as the group rounds into form but the unit should improve as the season goes along.

The nuts and bolts of football discussions have taken a backseat to bigger issues this offseason. Nebraska has the potential to have a fun and effective group of receivers during the 2020 season. A big question looms of how the incoming group of wideouts meshes with the talent already on the team. That will go a long way to determine the Huskers’ fate in 2020.

Recruit Watch

>> On Wednesday, Bellevue West tight end Kaden Helms was offered by Nebraska. Purdue followed suit shortly after that for his second Big Ten offer.

>> Louisiana running back Logan Diggs committed to Notre Dame on Wednesday evening.

>> Major 2022 outside linebacker target from Kansas Dasan McCollough was offered by Texas A&M.


>> Derek Peterson provided a great look into group chats and the art of peer recruiting with the 2021 recruiting class.

>> A once in a career upset in Ames, Iowa, is the subject of the latest Tom’s Time.

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