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Nebraska Recruiting: Newsy 24 Hours Start of Movement with Huskers?

January 12, 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.


What a busy 24 hours or so it has been for Nebraska football.

Things have been happening at a rapid pace for the Husker program. Since the season ended for Nebraska, it felt like the news might never pick up. That’s despite knowing there were pending decisions to be made. The last day has put that in the distant rear-view mirror.

It feels like a week ago that Nebraska added Montana transfer wide receiver Samori Touré. As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound wideout racked up 82 catches for 1,495 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He made his announcement at noon on Monday.

Many people are just circling back to the Touré addition for the Huskers. That’s because later Monday afternoon star wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson made a big announcement. Robinson is entering his name into the transfer portal. It was huge news considering Robinson was the face of Nebraska’s program. Brandon Vogel, Derek Peterson and I did an emergency podcast to discuss just that one piece of news.

The news didn’t stop there. Monday night is when senior guard Matt Farniok announced that he would not use his extra year. Instead of using the extra eligibility at Nebraska Farniok is taking his swing at the NFL.

I’m interested to see how things go at the next level for the former two-time captain at Nebraska. He played every position on the line at Nebraska and the NFL likes that type of versatility.

Today the news machine kept churning. The team added a commitment from USC transfer running back Markese Stepp.

Stepp had 100 carries for 505 yards and six touchdowns, plus four catches for 35 yards, in 15 games over three years at USC. He should get plenty of opportunities at Nebraska to show that he can be the feature back in an offense. We all wondered immeditately what the Stepp news meant for the return of Dedrick Mills. Later, Tuesday Mills announced he is declaring for the NFL Draft.

It’s understandable if you missed anything in that flurry of news. The question is whether on not that is just the start of the activity for the Huskers. My feeling is that we see more movement with the team. The players report back to Lincoln on Sunday for winter conditioning. There should be another wave of quick decisions on entering the transfer portal. There are still more senior decisions looming as well.

Surely it will be a mixed bag of good and bad news. If we learned anything from the last day it is to expect the unexpected.

Recruit Watch

>> Oklahoma transfer receiver Charleston Rambo will land in Miami.

>> Check out the highlights from Husker signee Mikai Gbayor’s senior season.

>> Alex Orji, a 2022 quarterback target from Texas, released his junior highlights.

ICYMI

>> The Straight Up Breadown podcast was bad with a special edition minus Jay Foreman this week to talk about the Wan’Dale Robinson news.

>> Derek Peterson started his scoring the Huskers series which began with wide receivers.

>> Nebraska basketball has paused team activities and the Illinois game is postponed.

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