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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers Offer Intriguing Alabama Running Back

February 26, 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.


This recruiting cycle will present a number of interesting questions. One thing I am always curious about when it comes to Nebraska football is running back recruiting. The team has done well with that position during the Scott Frost Era. The team has brought in seven running backs through the 2018-2020 recruiting classes. Two have been 4-star backs and five have been 3-stars. 

There has been some turnover with those backs though. Neither of the 2018 running backs—Greg Bell and Maurice Washington—finished their careers at Nebraska. Still, there will always be a steady flow of talent coming into the mix with the Huskers at the position with Frost and Ryan Held on the staff. 

Several backs have picked up offers from the Huskers at the position this cycle. One of the latest is Alabama runner Deshun Murrell. 

Getting the offer from the Huskers was big for Murrell. Nebraska is currently his biggest offer. He holds offers from Troy, UAB and Western Kentucky. 

“It was very exciting, but it was just a confirmation that I have to work ten times harder,” Murrell told Hail Varsity.

The Bibb County School star isn’t all that familiar with the Huskers but he has been in contact with Held and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander. Like many of the Nebraska targets before him, Murrell (6-0, 180) also runs track. He participates in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4×100, 4×400 and triple jump. 

To get to know the Huskers better he does plan on taking a trip out to Lincoln this spring. He is early in the recruiting process but there are some criteria emerging for the school that he eventually chooses 

“I’m looking for a family setting where I can feel like home and grow as a young man,” he said. “I’m also looking for a school with a great business program and diversity of course.”

We’ll keep an eye on the running back who ran for an impressive 2,174 yards and 33 touchdowns his junior season. 

Recruit Watch

>> Omaha Westside cornerback Avante Dickerson continued his offer spree when he was offered by Virginia on Tuesday. 

>> Millard South quarterback TJ Urban’s recruitment is picking up some steam. He received an offer from Air Force on Tuesday night. 

ICYMI

>> Jacob Padilla looks at what type of talent Nebrasketball can bring in with his latest Padding the Stats

>> The mailbag is back for the Hail Varsity staff to answer which are tell-all games in the 2020 football schedule. 

>> Nebraska basketball added a commitment on Wednesday when they landed Wisconsin transfer Kobe King. 

>> The Huskers are eyeing an opportunity to buck the trend with their losing streak against Ohio State. 

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