Nebraska Recruiting: Position Groups Poised for Quick Turnaround
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Nebraska Recruiting: Position Groups Poised for Quick Turnaround

August 18, 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.

You can start to see depth building within the Nebraska football program, especially when Coach Scott Frost has reeled in back-to-back top 20 recruiting classes. We’ve talked before about how the Huskers recruited a lot more speed in the 2018 recruiting class. Last cycle, there were a lot of high school team leaders and winners added to the mix. 

Still, the team is not complete. At least not yet. 

“We’ll be a complete team when we have four or five classes like that on our football team and a lot of competition,” Frost said after Friday’s practice.

It was apparent during the last recruiting  cycle that Nebraska landed tight-knit class. This recruiting class bonded together over their common traits rooted in hard work. They also are not strangers to being the hardest workers in the room either. That hunger to learn and work has shown during their short time on campus, which has been impressive. That could also lead to some of them seeing the field early. 

“A bunch of these new freshmen on campus have been what we thought and in a lot of cases more than what we thought,” Frost said. “Yeah I think there are several [freshman who could see heavy playing time]. I think there are several guys who are going to be household names at Nebraska someday.”

The conversations about perceived strength of position groups can change quickly. Last year, the secondary was thought to be one of the weaker group on the team. Now, defensive back coach Travis Fisher’s room is rock solid. Dicaprio Bootle, Lamar Jackson and Deontai Williams are three starters you feel good about. And there are two potential starters with promise: Marquel Dismuke and Cam Taylor. 

There is also the infusion of young talent from a loaded defensive back haul chomping at the bit to play. If the team is not yet complete as Frost admits, where are the next areas for improvement?

I am going to go out on an early limb and say next year we will be praising the inside linebacker depth. A host of players will have gained valuable experience in the quest to replace Mohamed Barry. Nick Henrich, Jackson Hannah, Garrett Snodgrass and Luke Reimer will have a full year of college football behind them. Joey Johnson will have had another season with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud. Former Colorado State linebacker Zach Schlager will reportedly be on the team. Collin Miller and Will Honas will also be back to lead that group.

The roster overhaul under Frost has been impressive so far. As he said, it takes more than one cycle to completely get a roster the way a staff wants it. Inside linebacker is one of the spots that needs to be completed. Yet, the pieces are in place for the unit to make a big jump soon.

Recruit Watch

>> Sevion Morrison, a top running back target for Nebraska, has picked up an offer from Wisconsin. He is set to make his college announcement Wednesday, Aug. 21.

>> Santino Marucci, a 2021 quarterback with an offer from the Huskers, has highlights from the first game of the season. 

>> Koy Moore, a dynamic 2020 playmaker from Louisiana, committed to LSU over the weekend. 


>> The Hail Varsity staff gave predictions on a number of over-under scenerios for Nebraska football.

>> The fall camp stock report (Premium) is back after the second full week of camp has been completed. 

>> All is calm in Nebraska’s quarterback room, writes Derek Peterson. 

>> See why Cam Taylor is a captain and a starter in the mind of Travis Fisher. 

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