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.
Is this the year Nebraska puts together a big defensive line haul? The Huskers are certainly laying the groundwork to be able to do it.
One thing I talk about often is the idea of Nebraska having a truly disruptive defensive line and the trickle-down effect it can have on the defense as a whole. I view it in a similar fashion to what can happen for an offense when you have a star quarterback (which Nebraska currently has).
This talk of a big defensive line haul for the 2020 class really doesn’t haven’t much to do with what I or the even the staff thinks about the current defensive line. For the record, I think that the current defensive line is the strongest overall unit on the team and the 2019 season is when fans could get a taste of how helpful having a deep and productive line can be.
Nebraska is currently well-positioned in the 2020 class for a number of defensive line targets. One player that the Huskers like a lot and have already hosted for an unofficial visit is Californian Jamar Sekona. Both defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive line coach Tony Tuioti were at his school on Monday.
Last day of spring recruiting‼️ In #NorCal with @CoachChinander spreading the @HuskerFBNation brand in the Bay Area 🤙🏽 #GBR #BlackShirts ☠️☠️#SpringRecruiting pic.twitter.com/m1InbruxiK
— Tony Tuioti (@CoachTuioti92) May 28, 2019
After Sekona visited for the spring game, he told Hail Varsity that “it’s just different out there.” Nebraska has actually visited him twice during the evaluation period, during the first week and now the last.
Other priority targets for the defensive line include:
- 4-star Nash Hutmacher
- 3-star Montra Edwards
- 3-star Johnny Wilson
- JUCO Perrion Winfrey
- JUCO Ali Gaye
In addition to those prospects, there are bound to be others that move up the board once the evaluation period ends on May 31. There could also be movement after camp season comes and goes through June.
Time will tell if the Huskers can close enough guys that they want in order to make the big defensive line splash they’d like. One thing is for certain: the staff is hard at work to add quality pieces up front for the Blackshirts.
>> Demariyon Houston, an incoming wide receiver, is ready to bring his talents to Lincoln.
june 1st coming fast . #GBR
— h o l l y w o o d 🅿️ (@demariyon5) May 28, 2019
>> Noah Arinze, an edge rusher from St. Louis who visited Nebraska for a Junior Day, has trimmed his list. Nebraska did not make the cut.
I am extremely grateful for every school that has shown interest in me. These are my Top 10 schools recruitment still open. #EliteOrNothing #SBG #Critcal pic.twitter.com/1wOa4qbrwl
— NoahArinze (@ArinzeNoah) May 28, 2019
>> Quinton Newsome’s mom posted a nice message for her son and pictures from their Husker theme graduation party.
>> Bellevue West running back Jay Ducker picked up an offer from Texas State.
Blessed and honored to receive an offer from Texas State 🔑 #EatEmUp pic.twitter.com/1uX6aYdkYl
— Jay Ducker (@DuckerJevyon) May 28, 2019
>> Kyle Kardell has takeaways from Nebraska’s Big Ten Baseball Tournament appearance.
>> There’s a big summer ahead for Nebraska volleyball, writes Jacob Padilla.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.