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Nebraska Recruiting: Iowa Defensive Back Watts McBride Impressed with Blackshirts

October 03, 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.

The Huskers had several players from Iowa make the trip to Lincoln this weekend. They were on hand to see Nebraska’s big 56-7 win over Northwestern. Cedar Rapids 2023 defensive back Watts McBride was back in Lincoln for his first Husker game. McBride attended camp in Lincoln this summer where he was offered by Nebraska.

“It’s just a really good environment and the fans are all in it from kickoff,” McBride said. “The fans were actually in it before kickoff throughout the whole entire game even when they’re up by a ton. It was just a really good environment, a lot of energy and just an overall great atmosphere.”

McBride and his brother got to Lincoln early in the afternoon before the day started. He was able to speak with a lot of coaches at that point. Nebraska did presentations on the strength and conditioning program. The team also had a presentation on academics before the recruits got to eat.

“They showed a lot about just the way they develop players and guys that they’ve had come to their programs,” McBride said. “The strength and conditioning coaches showed the players that they’ve coached and developed. I learned a lot about that and then some more about how much Nebraska has accomplished.”

The defender spoke with defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher. He speaks with them on a regular basis but it was nice to interact in person face to face. The Huskers really like him at defensive back. He plays a little bit of everything for his high school.

“I think that’s the position that fits me best,” McBride said. “In high school, I kind of move around a lot playing a little bit more in the box or playing almost nickel corner than playing back deep. I’m flexible with what I can do. If I play at Nebraska, I feel like there’s a lot of positions or spots that I’ll be able to play.”

It excites McBride that the Huskers have a versatile defense. Chinander has devised a scheme that allows players to make plays. He thinks no matter which position he’d be in find a way to excel. McBride has also visited Iowa and Iowa State so far this season. He also has plans to visit Notre Dame later this season. McBride has a pretty good idea about what he’s looking for in a school.

“I think most of the schools that have been recruiting me are all pretty close to home in the Midwest,” McBride said. “The relationship with the coaches is probably the biggest thing for me. All the schools out there, there’s going to be perks to the schools but I think at the end of the day it’s going to come down to my relationship with staff.”

Recruit Watch

>> North Platte defender Vince Genatone posted his midseason highlights. He’s putting up big numbers for his team this season.

>> The Huskers offered Illinois lineman Charles Jagusah offer a good visit this weekend.

>> Nebraska 2022 commit Ernest Hausmann enjoyed his time in Memorial Stadium on Saturday.


>> Lincoln East athlete Malachi Coleman enjoyed an ‘electrifying experience’ (Premium) at Nebraska this weekend after being offered by the team.

>> Brandon Vogel pondered how many Husker touchdowns it takes to remove all caveats.

>> In the premium notebook, Erin Sorensen looked at Nebraska’s shake up on the offensive line which paid off for the Huskers.

>> Positive recruit reaction came flying in for the Huskers (Premium) following the big win over Northwestern.

>> Check out the Hail Varsity photo gallery from the win over Northwestern.

>> Jacob Padilla’s play of the game this week (Premium) was Jaquez Yant’s 64-yard run.

>> Nebraska’s run game set up an impressive outing (Premium) from Nebraska’s offense as Steve Marik wrote after the game.

>> Even in a run-heavy win, Nebraska is happy to have a healthy group of receivers back in the fold.

>> The Huskers opened up as 1-point underdogs against undefeated Michigan next week.

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