Big Red Recon: Putting a Bow on the Huskers' 2020 Class
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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers’ Impressive Hit Rate on Top Targets

December 23, 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.


There are a lot of reasons to be excited about Nebraska’s 2020 recruiting class. One reason is that the Huskers hit on many of their top targets during this cycle. Players like Omar Manning, Turner Corcoran, Nash Hutmacher, Logan Smothers, Blaise Gunnerson, Zavier Betts, Henry Gray and Keyshawn Greene are some of the players in the class that Nebraska identified early and landed.

Top to bottom it is a great recruiting class that will help Nebraska in the short-term and in the long-term. 

“I’m really excited about this class," Frost said on signing day. "I think the thing that excited me the most was flying around the country for the last two weeks. Getting in homes with these guys and seeing what type of kids they are, what kind of personalities they have. Best thing about them is they love football, they love the game. They’re excited. They want to be at Nebraska. 

“I would walk out of almost every house and say we’ve got the chance to win a lot of games with kids like this coming to the program."

There are a lot of positions that Nebraska identified targets early and secured. The 2020 running back tandem of Sevion Morrison and Marvin Scott III generate excitement. Each were prolific runners in high school that fit the Huskers’ system perfectly. Both committed back in August.

The Huskers are making a habit of landing players they identify early as top targets. As Nebraska’s staff continues to build the talent base in program, building on this habit is essential. Bryce Benhart, Nick Henrich, Wan’Dale Robinson, Ty Robinson, Noa Pola-Gates and Luke McCaffrey were some that fit the bill in the 2019 cycle. 

Having good prospects coming to your team is always a good thing. Getting good prospects that you believe fit your system is even better. This staff believes in trusting its evaluations. Running backs coach Ryan Held has spoken about this in the past and how key it is. 

“It’s a balance,” Held explained last spring. “Sometimes you see a kid and think there is no doubt, we need to offer. I’ll say this, there are guys getting all these offers and we need to trust our eyes in evaluation. Just because 30 other schools say yes, he’s an offer, doesn’t mean he fits us. Being national here, we do have to expand out net a little more but that doesn’t mean we will offer every single person out there because other schools are. They might not fit us.”

One of the things you lose with constant staff and scheme changes the ability to stack a roster with players that fit your style of play. Nebraska is still finding its way to better results on the field. Things are going in the right direction when it comes to talent accumulation. 

Good results on Saturdays tend to follow that.

Recruit Watch

>> Travion Ford, a top 2021 outside linebacker target, posted his junior highlights on Hudl this weekend. 

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/12472870/5dfe5a7e32dced09a8ff2928

>> Jeff Bowie, one of Nebraska’s many 2021 Iowa targets, picked up an offer from Indiana. 

>> Huskers defensive line signee Nash Hutmacher has pinned 46 straight wrestling opponents. That is quite the accomplishment for Hutmacher.

ICYMI

>> As Erin Sorensen writes, Zavier Betts is eager (Premium) to show Nebraska what he can do.

>> Low energy trumped a late surge for Nebraska as they lost a close one to North Dakota.

>> Swag and a dog mentality is mandatory (Premium) for Husker defensive back signee Tamon Lynum. 

>> Ashtyn Veerbeek’s time is split and that is perfectly fine, writes Derek Peterson.

>> Another Husker volleyball assistant has gotten a head coaching opportunity. Kayla Barnwarth has been named the coach at Ole Miss.

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