Nebraska Recruiting: Pass Rushers and Intangibles Needed
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Nebraska Recruiting: Pass Rushers and Intangibles Needed

October 16, 2018

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.

Following Tuesday's practice, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander was asked about what he looks for in a pass rusher. Besides a guy that can sack the quarterback, of course.

“Obviously we are looking for some of the things we lack, one of those guys that is twitchy on the edge," Chinander said. "A guy that can bend and is explosive off the edge and work his hands. You have to have some length in this league because the tackles are really good in the Big Ten. They are long guys so we are looking for guys with some bend, twitch and speed.”

A player with a lot of the traits that Chinander described is 3-star DE/OLB Seth Coleman. Ironically, he was offered a scholarship by Nebraska today.

Coleman is currently committed to Illinois.

I always enjoy listening to coaches talk about the traits they look for outside of natural ability in a prospect. Most coaches describe it differently, though this staff is pretty much on the same page in what they are looking for. 

“To be honest without you, throughout our whole evaluation I try not to look where someone is ranked," Chinander said. "Can we all see the 5-star? Yes. Can everyone see the highly-rated 4-stars? Absolutely. I think where we all differ, and no one is wrong, is the guys ranked in the middle. The high 2-star, the high 3-star, that’s where we all differ. How does it fit our system? How does it fit where they are perceived as? Is he a weakside defensive end or an outside linebacker? Is he a 3-technique, how does he fit the role with what I’m looking for. 

"Then I need to go see a kid in person. Let’s be honest, everyone in America that has a recruiting subscription they watch the same highlight film. If you don’t look good on a 3:20 highlight film, you ain’t very good. I want to see how you play on the other 1,000 plays in that year. I want to see game film, practice live, your demeanor. I want to see how you are with your teammates and how you are coached, do you come from a winning program, I want to see if you love football, if you are a good dude, are you a guy that I want to be around every day.

"Are there athletic traits? Yes, there definitely are but there is much, much more that goes into it whether we are recruiting a pass rusher, a cornerback, a safety or a mike linebacker or anything like that.”

Chinander summed up why recruiting is such an inexact science pretty well. There are so many variables that go into evaluating players and every staff across the country seems to be looking for something different. 

Recruit Watch

>> Omaha Burke 2020 WR Xavier Watts continues to rack up big offers from the area. Last night, he picked up an offer from both Wisconsin and Northwestern. He does not yet have an offer from Nebraska. 

>> As mentioned above, Coleman picked up an offer from Nebraska. His film from this season displays the type of bend and athleticism that the Huskers are looking to add.


>> There could be brighter days ahead for Lamar Jackson, writes Derek Peterson.

>> The latest edition of the Lo-Down is here from Lauren West to explore back-to-back Big Ten road trips.

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