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Nebraska Recruiting: Recruiting the Right Kids for the Huskers

October 02, 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.

Due to Nebraska’s slow start to the season, the topic abut whether or not recruiting will slow down or if the team will lose commits inevitably comes up. Over the weekend, Nebraska hosted three official visitors, two of which are not committed to the school currently. 

On Tuesday, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher was asked if it’s a concern to have to recruit guys at a low point for the team.

“Well, here’s the thing," Fisher said. "This is just my opinion. If we are recruiting the right kid, you don’t have to say a word. They see where they can be. They see you need the help. They see exactly the position we want them to play. They can see if that position has a guy that will be solid for a long time or if the position needs to be filled ASAP. They can see that watching the game.

"If you have the right kid, you don’t have to do that. If you have the wrong kid, you have to have sell on, ‘Oh, we are going to win this many games next year.’ If you have the right kid, that’s just my opinion. You don’t want to do a whole bunch of selling. You want guys that want to play for Nebraska. If you have a guy that wants to play for Nebraska whether that scoreboard says you are up or down, they are going to fight and play football. You have to have a guy that wants to play for Nebraska at 4-0 or 0-4. If you have a guy that wants to play for someone else and if it doesn’t work, I’ll keep Nebraska in mind, that’s the kid that don’t go to class. The kid that when adversity hits that kid, he has a plan B in his head.

"So when it comes to recruiting a kid, it all depends on the kid. Just like these kids recruit us, we recruit these kids. If there is a kid that wants to play for Nebraska, you take that kid. If he wants to come here and travel across the world to play for Nebraska, you take him.” 

The thing that sticks out to me every single time I speak with Fisher about recruiting is that he has a clear plan for the type of kid he wants to recruit. It’s not a coincidence that Fisher gravitates toward players who are fighters but may not have a lot of stars by their names.

He was also that type of recruit and went on to have a long NFL career. 

Recruit Watch

>> Take one offensive line recruit off the board for Nebraska. Coker Wright, a 3-star (HV Rating: 82.5) offensive lineman from Brookhaven, Mississippi, was someone I considered a player to keep an eye on for Nebraska.

Well, today he committed to Southern Miss. 

>> Nebraska running back commit Rahmir Johnson can sometimes feels like a forgotten man in this 2019 class but the staff is very excited about what he can potentially bring to this Husker offense. If you want to know why, he released a midseason highlight reel for everyone to check out.

>> There is some good news to report about a local prospect. Creighton Prep OL/DL Ryan Bena has committed to South Dakota.


>> Georgia offensive lineman and Ole Miss commit Jeremy James is mulling his options after a trip to Lincoln. (Premium)

>> Lauren West takes you through life as a coach's kid in the latest Lo-Down.

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