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.
In yesterday’s recruiting notebook, I explored the lack of Florida players in the 2019 recruiting class after thinking about some things we assumed would be true about Nebraska’s recruiting under Scott Frost. Today, I want to talk about junior college recruiting.
Nebraska has a junior college recruiting coordinator, Ryan Held, who is in charge of mining JUCOs for top talent and maintaining the Huskers’ relationships around the country. In the 2018 recruiting class, the Huskers signed six players from junior colleges: linebacker Will Honas, safety Deontai Williams, wide receiver Jaron Woodyard, wide receiver Mike Williams, running back Greg Bell and cornerback Will Jackson.
Of those six, just four of them saw significant snaps even if one (Honas) had his season cut short with a knee injury. Looking at next season, Honas, Williams, Woodyard and Williams will all be counted on to contribute. It appeared as if Nebraska could potentially sign another handful of junior college players in the 2019 cycle but it may not happen that way.
Offensive lineman Desmond Bland and running back Dedrick Mills are the only two junior college players currently committed to Nebraska. There is a strong possibility that another name or two will be added to the group. Outside linebacker Amare Barno took an official visit to Lincoln the weekend of Dec. 8 and is down to Nebraska and Virginia Tech. Barno will sign in December and enroll early. Cornerback Tony Wallace took an official visit the weekend of Dec. 1 and is still considering Nebraska along with TCU and others.
There are some big names that Nebraska hosted earlier in the cycle for visits. Outside linebackers Jermaine Johnson (Georgia commit) and Kuony Deng (Cal commit) both took visits over the summer. The Huskers were in on some elite talent, it just didn’t work out.
We will see how this cycle finishes out with junior college recruiting. The Huskers could finish with one JUCO player, the two they have in the boat currently or get some good news between now and February.
>> Nebraska sent a strong presence to Ty Robinson’s high school today as they try to show him Lincoln is the right place for the next four years.
— Higley Football (@HIGLEYFOOTBALL) December 13, 2018
>> Nebraska offensive line commit Matthew Anderson is fresh off his official visit that exceeded all of his expectations. Yesterday, he got an offer from Kansas State.
— Matthew Anderson #72 (@mateoanderson37) December 13, 2018
>> Another Nebraska offensive line commit, Michael Lynn, posted a video of him getting some work in.
Great AM session yesterday!!! HUGE shoutout to @SixZeroStrength for always helping me get better, if you’re in CO this is the place to be! pic.twitter.com/q7ZphdB8lw
— Michael Lynn (@MichaelLynn77) December 13, 2018
>> Congratulations to Huskers commits Chris Hickman and Nick Henrich on their All-Metro Awards. Xavier Watts, a 2020 wide receiver target, also picked up some hardware.
— OmahaBurkeFootball (@BurkeFootball) December 13, 2018
>> Huskers commit Wandale Robinson is a finalist for Player of the Year.
2019 All-American Bowl 🇺🇸 Player of the Year Finalists.
◾️ David Bell
◾️ Eric Gray
◾️ Grant Gunnell
◾️ Bru McCoy
◾️ Puka Nacua
◾️ Wandale Robinson
— All-American Bowl (@AABonNBC) December 13, 2018
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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.