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Nebraska Recruiting: Looking at Wild National Sagas

June 06, 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.

I’m sure that Nebraska fans are just like Nebraska writers in that you can get tunnel vision focusing on what is going on with the Huskers that you lose sight of some big picture college football items that are taking place. A couple of things recently happened nationally in college football recruiting that might make you say “wow” while also appreciating the Huskers’ situation a bit more. 

Bru McCoy, a 5-star athlete from Mater Dei High School in California, just concluded one of the stranger recruiting sagas I’ve ever seen. McCoy originally committed to USC at the All-American Bowl and even enrolled, only to leave soon after and transfer to Texas. He participated in spring ball in Austin but announced he would leave the Longhorns and transferr back to USC. No one around here is going to weep for Texas losing a 5-star but McCoy now will presumably begin the process to be immediately eligible at USC.

Chris Steele is another 5-star who just went through a big ordeal. The cornerback, who had some interest in Nebraska back when Donte Williams was the defensive backs coach, also ended up at USC. He was originally committed to UCLA but backed off and picked USC. He then left the Trojans class and committed to Florida at the All-American Bowl. He went through spring ball in Gainesville but put his name in the transfer portal after a reported situation involving a room change request not being honored quickly. Steele quickly committed to Oregon but changed his mind again and will now enroll at USC. 

Very few of these wild recruitments go the way of Steele or McCoy but every schools deals with this. Under Coach Scott Frost, Nebraska hasn’t had any really wild recruitments or decommitments. Before Frost, no one will forget the Jamire Calvin situation or even Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles ordeal. Some drama is bound to pop back up at some point under Frost.

Remember that no one from the 2019 class took an official visit anywhere else once they were committed to Nebraska. We will see moving forward if that was a one-time fluke event or if it’s something the Huskers will be able to replicate as they seek to build deeper bonds on the recruiting trail. That clearly doesn’t mean that after players get to Lincoln and go through some time that they won’t transfer but having less turmoil up front in the process should lead to less issues down the road. 

Recruit Watch

>> Congratulations are in order for Nebraska’s big 2020 offensive tackle commit Turner Corcoran. On Thursday he received in an invite to play in the Adidas All-American Game.

>> Chris Townsel, a 2020 defensive back target from Florida, is ready to get the Huskers’ attention at camp. Townsel visited Lincoln for the spring game. 

>> Brian George, a junior college cornerback from Highland Community College, showed off an edit from the Huskers on Thursday. 


>> The Huskers are set to host a pair of pass-rushers (Premium) to end the week 

>> Nebraska basketball will face off against Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge this year.

>> Former Husker Kelsey Robinson made her 2019 debut for USA volleyball in a sweep against Germany.

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