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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Mining St. Louis for Future Talent

April 08, 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.


There are certain areas of the country that are hot spots for recruiting. We all know that Florida, Texas and California are the “big three” states for recruiting. Georgia has emerged to take the fourth spot, which Nebraska fans know since Coach Scott Frost and his staff love to recruit the state so much. 

However, there are not many cities as hot over the last few cycles as St. Louis. In the 2021 recruiting cycle, seven of the top 10 players in Missouri are from St. Louis. Nine of the top 10 in 2020 were from St. Louis. All of the players in the top 10 during last cycle were national recruits. Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Ohio State and Oklahoma all dipped into Missouri to pull top players out. 

Competition is tougher than ever for schools to land St. Louis players. The Huskers have had a tough time recruiting the area for years now. Nebraska has only landed one player from St. Louis since 2016 when Tre Bryant signed with the team. Nebraska doesn’t appear to be giving up on recruiting the area but instead are trying to identify potential targets earlier. 

That happened this week when 2022 defensive end Tyson Ford‍ (6-6, 220) picked up an offer from the school. 

“I was very excited about the offer,” Ford told Hail Varsity. “I haven’t been to Nebraska or seen the school at all but I know the people there love football. That is an atmosphere that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. I also know how much time and effort the coaching staff puts into their players and making them the best versions of themselves. I especially remember when Ndamukong Suh attended the school as well and how well he did.”

The John Burroughs School defender is familiar with Husker history. He planned to visit Nebraska this spring but the restrictions in response to COVID-19 have changed the plan. Over the last month, Ford has picked up offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Arizona State and Texas A&M. He is also hearing from Notre Dame. 

Ford finished his sophomore campaign with 52 tackles (seven for loss) and one interception. He was an All-District and All-League selection on the first team and a third team All-State selection.

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Recruit Watch

>> Priority 2021 outside linebacker target TJ Bollers included the Huskers in his top six schools. Bollers would like to visit each school again before making a college choice. 

>> Florida defensive back Terrion Arnold is feeling the love from the Huskers after picking up an offer recently. 

>> Check out this video of Huskers offensive line commit Henry Lutovsky displaying his athleticism. 

>> Kearney Catholic quarterback Heinrich Haarberg has been racking up offers from the Ivy League lately. The most recent school to offer is Yale. 

>> Nebraska made the top six for Oklahoma linebacker Collin Oliver recently. He’s still adding offers including Oregon and now Georgia.

ICYMI

>> Derek Peterson has begun his 10 most intriguing Huskers of 2020 and No. 10 is going to a specialist. (Premium)

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag, including if we are taking the over/under on Nebraska wins in 2020 right now.

>> Mike Babcock is here to take us back to the surprise Big 12 tournament title in 1999 for Nebraska baseball.

>> Padding the Stats gives us some good ‘what ifs’ from a college basketball season cut short. 

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