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Nebraska Recruiting: Reemergence of Florida as Pipeline State

October 08, 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.

Florida is back as a pipeline state for the Huskers. 

Nebraska didn’t land any players from the state of Florida during the last recruiting cycle. That was pretty surprising. It wasn’t for a lack of trying though since the Huskers offered several players from the state. That led many to wonder if Nebraska was abandoning the Sunshine State in favor of Georgia or Alabama which were both more fruitful for the program during the 2020 cycle. 

No one is questioning that any more. The Huskers have been on a roll in Florida in the 2020 cycle. The team has four total commits from the state in the 2020 class so far. Running back Marvin Scott III and defensive backs Tamon Lynum, Henry Gray and Ronald Delancy III are the four Floridians in the class. The latest commit, Delancy, joined the fold today. 

This cycle is looking the way we thought it would when this staff took over the program a couple of years ago. The Huskers even have a commit in the 2021 cycle from defensive end RJ Sorensen giving them an early jump on continuing to stock their roster with Florida talent. 

Florida is currently the most common state on the Huskers’ 2020 commit list. Nebraska has two commits from both Alabama and Kansas. It will be interesting to see which state ends up with the most commits in this class. Florida is off to a strong start but keep an eye on Alabama and Georgia down the stretch. 

Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher is doing work down in Florida this cycle. He is comfortable recruiting down there and has a great reputation in the state. It also happens that the players joining his room fit the description of the type of defensive players Nebraska wants in general. Coach Scott Frost laid that vision out during his early signing period press conference last cycle.

“When we’re recruiting defense we want athletic ability, but we’re also looking for toughness,” Frost said. “In fact, when we go out on the road that’s two of our priorities to look for is upside, athletic ability (and) to look for and a guy that you would want to be in a scrap with. That kind of edge, that kind of mentality, that kind of toughness and aggressiveness. That’s what Husker defense has been built on, as I knew it, and the more guys we can get like that I think the better mentality the whole defense will be.”

With the majority of the remaining needs being on the defensive side of the ball, look for even more future Blackshirts to be added to the fold down the stretch run to the December signing period. 

Recruit Watch

>> Dontae Manning, a former Texas A&M cornerback commit, has released a new top group that does not include the Huskers.

>> Julius Coates, a junior college defensive lineman who was starting to get Husker interest but didn’t have an offer yet, committed to Colorado after an official visit. 


>> Nebraska’s defense is ready for the challenge against Tanner Morgan. 

>> The Lo-Down is back to check in on another wonder woman for Husker volleyball. 

>> With Khalil Davis out, Ben Stille took the opportunity to shine (Premium) on Saturday.

>> Check out Erin Sorensen’s feature from our “food issue” on the actual training happening at the training table. 

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