Nebraska Recruiting: Puzzle Pieces Coming Together for Defensive Line
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Nebraska Recruiting: Is the Defensive Line a Potential Game-Changer?

May 07, 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.

The topic of defensive line recruiting comes up quite a bit. It will likely continue to come up (in a good way) if Nebraska keeps trending in its current directiong for the 2020 recruiting cycle. The Huskers are currently sitting in a good spot with a number of defensive line targets that could make an impact on the team down the road. 

However, if the defense is going to make a jump in 2019, the defensive line will play a large role. Most people that root for or cover the Huskers expect a jump from the line but what exactly would that do for the defense as a whole? Who would know better than a player who is directly impacted by that unit’s work?  

“It would make our jobs a whole lot easier,” senior cornerback Lamar Jackson said last month. “We are all one defense but if they get back there and get the QB it will create a lot more turnovers and change everybody’s life. It will allow us to make more plays on the ball and cover a lot less. It will cause the offense to do less. They are working hard over there and we are seeing the improvement each practice. They have high energy. I’m proud of those guys and I think they’ll do well come the fall.”

The defensive line is potentially the deepest position group on the team after springg. There is a mix of experience and talent that should produce very well when fall hits. It’s been some time since we have seen Nebraska’s defense feature a consistently disruptive defensive line. If the Huskers get that in 2019, it could ramp up expectations for the improvements the entire unit can make. 

Recruit Watch

>> Defensive line coach Tony Tuioti is still out in Southern California on the hunt for the next wave of players to join his defensive line.

>> Sevion Morrison, one of Nebraska’s top running back targets for 2020, is set to drop a top ten soon.

>> Nebraska tight end target Tommy Christakos picked up an offer from Kansas State on Tuesday.


>> I looked at the Huskers’ efforts to make noise recruiting Mississippi (Premium) and who some potential key targets are.

>> Jacob Padilla took stock of Nebraska’s offense heading into the summer.

>> Kyle Kardell has your takeaways from Nebraska’s series at Northwestern.

>> James Palmer Jr. was invited to the NBA G League Elite Camp.

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