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.
The Huskers put together another solid recruiting class in the 2020 cycle, finishing with a flurry of commitments. That helped elevate the class after going through a long stretch without a lot of activity. In the end, Nebraska signed nine 4-star prospects and a slew of other talented players.
With the 2020 recruiting class done, it’s a great time to do a look back at players that could be overlooked. I am also defining a “sleeper” as someone who I believe will outperform their ranking in college.
It feels a bit odd to include Hutmacher on a sleeper list. He was sought after by Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oregon before the Huskers won out last summer. Sometimes I think the defender gets lost in the shuffle because he committed early in the class but Hutmacher was quite productive during his senior season. He recorded 21 solo tackles, assisted on 67 more and forced two turnovers. He also added 18 tackles for loss and four sacks. Hutmacher will be a great presence in the locker room with his leadership and work ethic. Using the skills that make him a world-class wrestler will make him a cog in the middle of Nebraska’s defense for years.
The Texas native is the perfect fit for the Duck-R role in the Huskers’ offense. He was more runner than receiver during his senior year of high school. At Midway High School in Waco, he racked up 1,837 rushing yards with 27 touchdowns. He also chipped in 250 receiving yards plus two scores. Another big reason I like Nixon is that he’s a coach’s son. His dad was the offensive coordinator at Baylor before taking an assistant position with Matt Rhule in the NFL. Nixon will arrive this summer in Lincoln with a good knowledge of the playbook.
Marvin Scott III
The Florida running back has a prototypical running back build standing at 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds. Coach Scott Frost described the running back as ready to play college football now. Scott ran for more than 7,000 yards and 80 touchdowns in high school and should jump into the mix when he arrives in Lincoln. Part of that is due to his background as a power lifter and he reportedly bench presses 405 pounds. Nebraska’s offense is running back friendly with a long history of producing 1,000-yard backs. Scott doesn’t have to be that his freshman season but will have the opportunity to see the field. There are snaps up for grabs behind returning starter Dedrick Mills. Long-term, Scott may be the perfect replacement for Mills. He's a runner that can be good between the tackles but still gash a defense for long runs.
>> Speaking of Hutmacher, he earned another pin over the weekend which was his 67th in a row.
@ThePolarBear605 vs Waylon Marshall 285lb Championship match at the Big Dakota Conference in Ft. Pierre. Nash’s 67th consecutive pin! This ties the Wrestling USA Magazine National High School Record for consecutive pins (see the link to the records in comments)!#Thepolarbear pic.twitter.com/Mxivl81E0m
— Joe Hutmacher (@joe_hutmacher) February 9, 2020
>> The Huskers offered running back Camron Valdez out of Texas. He also recently posted some highlights that make it clear why he is a highly-sought after offensive player.
I’ve Been Trying To Start A War 💂🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/gahB2kdFOQ
— CamronValdez³ (@CMVlll) December 14, 2019
>> One of Nebraska’s top quarterback targets for this cycle Peter Costelli picked up an offer from Northwestern.
— Peter Costelli (@CostelliPeter) February 6, 2020
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.