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.
Nebraska hosted quite a few priority prospects over the weekend, with over 60 prospects on hand for the game against Ohio State. Eight were from the state of Iowa. We have talked before about the efforts that the Huskers are making to recruit Iowa. There have been a steady stream of Iowa players coming through Lincoln over the last two seasons.
One Iowan that came to Lincoln this weekend was 2021 inside linebacker Seth Malcom. The Fremont-Mills star told Hail Varsity that it was a fun trip filled with good people and great coaches but it wasn’t a great game. He was hoping the Huskers would get on track and fix a few things while he watched it unfold. Malcom got to speak with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander before the game and feels that the relationship is pretty good. The pair talk about every other day.
Malcom may return to Lincoln for the Iowa game at the end of the season. He did get a chance to talk some of the prospects from Iowa that were in town. Council Bluffs tight end Thomas Fidone was one of two Iowa prospects in the class of 2021 that picked up an offer from Nebraska on Saturday.
— Thomas Fidone II ²⁴ (@ThomasFidone) September 29, 2019
Fidone told Hail Varsity that he was “extremely shocked but also very honored and excited” to get the offer. He’s going to talk it over with his family about coming back to Lincoln this year. Fidone noticed all the Iowa players in Lincoln and said that its awesome that’s part of how the Nebraska coaches want to build the program.
The other prospect to pick up an offer over the weekend is 2021 wide receiver Brody Brecht.
— Brody Brecht (@brody_brecht) September 29, 2019
Brecht attends Ankeny High School in Iowa. He told Hail Varsity that his trip to Lincoln was good. It stood out to him how energetic the crowd was and it was even louder than he thought it’d be at Memorial Stadium. Chinander was the one that gave him the offer during the pregame meal that included pulled pork.
If his schedule allows he will come back to Lincoln this season. Brecht has an idea what he is looking for in a future school. He’s looking for a good relationship with the coaches and a place that feels like home.
The most recognizable Iowan in attendance besides 2020 commit Blaise Gunnerson? It was 2021 outside linebacker target TJ Bollers. The Clear Creek Amana star is one of the major priority targets for his class. I’ll have a full update from Bollers later but he told me a great story from the trip.
“We were all together a lot of time,” Bollers said. “Being able to go into the locker room before the game, we were in there and all talking to each other. We were all told to come to this one spot. I think there is a picture of us somewhere too. We were just looking and realized, ‘Wait, you’re from Iowa. Oh, you’re from Iowa too?’ So what they did was bring all the Iowa kids over to take a picture. I thought, ‘OK, that’s cool.’
“It’s really great being able to be together as a group as some of the top players in our state. Then being at the same place all trying to achieve the same goal of getting to college and playing at the next level.”
It continues to be a major developing storyline of how Nebraska is focused on Iowa. It seems like the 2021 class is one that Nebraska has big plans for. They are trying to make big waves in Iowa after nabbing a couple of players the last two cycles.
>> Rodney Groce, the Alabama linebacker who took an official visit to Lincoln this weekend, has a decision date in mind.
If God is willing and everything goes as planned I will be committing this Friday 🖤
— Rodney Groce Jr 🐶™️ (@rodneygroce_) September 29, 2019
>> Dodge Sauser, a 2021 lineman from Iowa, enjoyed his trip to Lincoln.
— Dodge Sauser (@DodgeSauser75) September 29, 2019
>> Defensive target Tuli Tuipulotu visited Nebraska officially for the NIU game. He picked up an offer from Tennessee.
— Tuli Tuipulotu (@TuipulotuTuli) September 29, 2019
>> Before the game on Saturday, Nebraska landed a commitment from 4-star offensive lineman Teddy Prochazka.
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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.