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Nebraska Recruiting: Huskers’ Roster Management and Needs Continue to be Moving Target

January 14, 2021

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.


As things evolve with the Nebraska roster, what comes next?

At the start of the offseason, it felt like a safety and wide receiver were the top two priorities. Pass rusher is always in the mix for a position of need. The Huskers will always take a proven guy to go get the quarterback if one is available that wants to come to Lincoln. But things have moved and changed at a rapid pace during January all over college football.

The Huskers specifically have seen a lot of movement in just the last couple weeks. JoJo Domann, Cam Taylor-Britt, Deontai Williams, Marquel Dismuke and Will Honas have all announced their return. It’s expected that Connor Culp and Levi Falck will be back. There is hope that Ben Stille will return for an extra season. Wan’Dale Robinson is gone, but Montana wide receiver Samori Touré and USC transfer running back Markese Stepp are in.

Scott Frost was not wrong when he said in December that roster management is a bit of a moving target now.

After all that action for the Huskers what comes next?

First, we need to discuss number of spots. The Huskers signed 20 high school players last month for the 2021 recruiting class. The team also has three incoming transfers committed. Touré, Stepp and linebacker Chris Kolarevic will be in Lincoln in January. That’s 23 players. The most players Nebraska can take this year is 25. So, there are two spots available currently.

If he wants the spot, one will be held for Omaha Westside cornerback Avante Dickerson. That’s a no-brainer since the 4-star prospect is an elite one. Nebraska will battle for his signature until he sends in a letter of intent. The other spot is a little trickier to nail down.

This is where taking the best available player could come into play for Nebraska. It would not be shocking if Nebraska pursued one extra wide receiver with the final spot. Considering how unproven many in the room are at the Big Ten level, that would not be crazy.

Let’s stay on offense. If a top-flight guard was available, you could make the argument for adding him. That move could solidify the offensive line. As mentioned before, if the Huskers can find a pass rusher to add they’ll do that. It does seem unlikely that a defensive back would be added. That makes sense with the returning players to the team and the possibility of landing Dickerson.

There are still surely plenty of newsy items to come for the Huskers in the coming days. The puzzle pieces are sliding into place to finish off everything related to the 2021 class.

Recruit Watch

>> Utah native and 2022 outside linebacker target Harrison Taggart posted some clips from his 7-on-7 season.

>> Deylin Hasert, a 2022 offensive lineman from Minnesota, picked up an offer from the Huskers.

>> Elkhorn South offensive lineman Isaac Zatechka received an opportunity to walk on at Nebraska.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska has parted ways with special teams analyst Jonathan Rutledge after just one season in Lincoln.

>> The end of the extended offseason is in sight for Nebraska volleyball as the Huskers prepare for season-opener.

>> Derek Peterson takes a look at the tight ends next in his Scoring the 2021 Huskers series.

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