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Which position is the biggest area of need for the class of 2019?
This question typically comes up right at the beginning of the cycle, gets settled and then we move on. The answer when this coaching staff took over the Nebraska program was defensive back, specifically cornerback. After three games, we have a new answer to the question.
Offensive line was always in the discussion but now it needs to be concern No. 1.
Currently, Nebraska has three offensive line commits: junior college prospect 3-star (HV Rating: 86.8) Desmond Bland, plus a pair of high school prospects 3-star (HV Rating: 85.2) Matthew Anderson and 3-star (HV rating: 85.0) Michael Lynn are in the class. There is still room to take three or even four more offensive linemen in the class. There is also a need to inject new blood into the trenches in Lincoln.
So, who are some of the names to look out for?
The first three names are on the most recent Greg’s Guys list, like 4-star (HV Rating: 91.5) offensive tackle Bryce Benhart. He was a Week 1 official visitor in Lincoln who may be near a commitment to Nebraska. Offensive tackle Bamidele Olaseni is perhaps the top JUCO offensive lineman in the country. He currently plays for Jeff Sims at Garden City where Nebraska currently has a running back commit, plus two players that didn’t qualify at Nebraska. 4-star (HV Rating: 91.1) Danielson Ike is a 500-mile radius prospect with a lot of upside. He was on campus as an unofficial visitor week one.
Other names to keep an eye on would be 3-star (HV Rating: 83.5) OL Dohnovan West who took an official visit to Lincoln Week 1, Mississippi 3-star OL (HV Rating: 82.5) Coker Wright, 4-star (HV Rating: 93.5) Enokk Vimahi, JUCO OL Kadeem Telfort and 3- star Cal commit (HV Rating: 85.8) Ben Coleman.
The problem with offensive line recruiting though? It’s very difficult to find high school players that can contribute immediately or even work their way into the rotation. Nebraska will need to find the right mix of guys that can contribute right away and guys that can spend two years with strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval getting ready to play in the Big Ten.
>> In case you were wondering why the first spot on the Greg’s Guys list belongs to ATH Wandale Robinson, check out his stats from his game last Friday night. Robinson had seven total touchdowns. Four rushing, two receiving and one passing. He also threw in an interception for good measure and finished the game with 328 all-purpose yards. He and his family were in Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s win over Texas A&M this weekend. He has no other visits on the schedule before his October decision.
>> Sticking with the theme of offensive lineman, there was a top 2020 Nebraska target in Ann Arbor for the game. Carson Lee, a 3-star (HV Rating: 84.0) offensive lineman, was there for an unofficial visit but happened to get recognized in the airport by a Nebraska fan.
— Carson Lee🇺🇸 (@CarsonLee75) September 22, 2018
Lee, who is teammates with current Nebraska commit Michael Lynn, will be in Lincoln for the Purdue game.
>> Another top 2020 target on the offensive line is 4-star (HV Rating: 93.4) offensive tackle Turner Corcoran. The big man from Lawrence, Kansas, is one of the best prospects in the region for next cycle and has been to Lincoln multiple times including week one this season. This past weekend he took a trip to Norman to check out the Sooners.
— Turner Corcoran (@turnercorcoran) September 23, 2018
- Miss my five thoughts from the Omaha Westside versus Creighton Prep matchup from Friday night? You can check that out here.
- New Big Red Recon dropped on Friday as well. You can find that here (Premium).
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.