Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers on the Hunt for Impact JUCOs
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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers on the Hunt for Impact JUCOs

November 28, 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.

Since Scott Frost took over Nebraska football, junior college recruiting has been back for the Huskers. It’s always a good idea at a school like Nebraska without a strong in-state recruiting base to use JUCO recruiting to fill holes. First, it allows you to fill needs created by attrition. Since so many Huskers come from far away its bound to happen where you’ll have more attrition than anticipated. 

Secondly, recruiting JUCO players gives you a shot at bounce backs that you might not have had a great chance with their first time through the recruiting process. 

On Tuesday the Huskers picked up commitments from two defenders from the junior college ranks. Defensive end/outside linebacker Junior Aho‍ and inside linebacker Jamoi Hodge‍ joined the Huskers’ class giving them players at two positions of need in this class. Aho is an intriguing pass rushing option for the Huskers moving forward. Hodge will immediately bolster the athleticism at inside linebacker.

Are there more names that could continue to surface this cycle from the JUCO ranks? There are certainly a few worth tracking.

  • DE Julius Coates
  • OLB Maureesee Wren
  • WR Omar Manning

Coates is still scheduled to take an official visit to Lincoln this weekend. The Illinois native is currently committed to Colorado. He recently took an official visit to Oregon. This will be an good opportunity for the Huskers to make a move with the big (6-7, 270) defensive lineman. Wren is the exact type of pass rushing outside linebacker that the Huskers are looking for. He has great size (6-3, 235) and is scheduled for a visit after the season. He is a former high school wide receiver so he’d make for an interesting edge rusher. 

Manning is the name most asked about this point. There hasn’t been much public movement with his recruitment. He took his official visit to Lincoln over the summer and to my knowledge hasn’t taken another trip since. 

The Huskers are in the hunt with all three of these talented players. I can’t see them going with more than five JUCO players in this cycle. If they add these three to the two that committed this week, the Huskers will have quite the haul of junior college transfers.

Recruit Watch

>> Husker offensive line commit Henry Lutovsky got in the weight room recently.

>> TreVeyon Henderson, a 2021 running back from Virginia picked up an offer from Nebraska.

>> Class B state champion quarterback Tyson Gordon put his senior highlights on on Wednesday.

>> Chris Paul the 2021 priority linebacker target in Georgia is still feeling the love from the Huskers.


>> French pass rush commit Junior Aho is ready to play (Premium) in front of the ‘best fans in the nation.’

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including areas of improvement this season.

>> Scott Frost spoke about Thanksgiving plans, running against Iowa and more.

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