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Nebraska Recruiting: Positive Early Returns From Husker Freshman RBs

August 18, 2020

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.


There’s some offseason buzz building around the incoming freshmen running backs for Nebraska. At different times this offseason, we have talked about the physical gains of Sevion Morrison and Marvin Scott. Summer workouts are starting back up with strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval and we have seen several videos like this one featuring Scott.

We’ve also seen Morrison post that he is making gains. The Oklahoma native has gained seven pounds recently and had been working hard before workouts resumed. The type of early work ethic that each have displayed since arriving in Lincoln doesn’t come as a big surprise. As running backs coach Ryan Held said on Sports Nightly on Tuesday, Scott and Morrison were his two top guys that he evaluated in the 2020 recruiting class.

“You start with Marvin [Scott], he’s a kid who’s very physical for his age in terms of his maturity,” Held said. “He’s a kid we’re really, really excited about early just because he comes in and he was a power lifter in high school. He looks like an older kid right now. He doesn’t look like a freshman.”

Held went on to compare and contrast the styles of Scott and Morrison. The two 2020 signees could compliment each other well.

“And then Sevion,” Held continued. “They’re two different backs. Sevion’s a taller kid, kind of a longer, taller kid that has track speed at the tailback position, but has a lot of opportunity to put on really good weight.

“I think Sevion’s a guy when it’s all said and done, can be a 225-pound, big-time running back. He’s got that game-changing speed you’re looking for. He’s gotten up here and really worked hard as well.”

The Huskers being so happy with the two guys that they signed is another example of them sticking to and believing in their evaluations. As Held warned on Tuesday night, we don’t need to be crowning anyone just yet but I’ve been pretty consistent in saying that both Morrison and Scott were underrated coming out of high school. They were both productive players who played against good competition. Each has the physical tools to be productive.

The running back room is young overall but rounding into shape for Nebraska. There is a lot of hard work ahead but Held’s room is full of guys that will embrace the challenge.

Recruit Watch

>> Class of 2021 defensive lineman Luther McCoy has the Huskers in his top 10.

>> Wisconsin offensive lineman Marcus Mbow has the Huskers in his final five.

>> IMG Academy 2022 4-star defensive tackle Dominick James picked up an offer from the Huskers on Tuesday evening.

>> Nebraska quarterback commit Heinrich Haarberg got a regal edit from Nebraska that he posted on Wednesday.

>> Bellevue West 2022 tight end Micah Riley added another Big Ten offer to his list when Purdue joined the party.

ICYMI

>> Jacob Padilla is excited that basketball is back in the latest Padding the Stats,

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including how many football games we will get in 2020.

>> Running backs coach Ryan Held feels the best he has about his room since arriving in Lincoln.

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