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.
Yesterday when talking about how the Huskers sent the entire coaching staff to Lakeland, Florida, to see 4-star outside linebacker Lloyd Summerall (in The Varsity Club, for reference), it got me thinking. Where are all the players from the state of Florida in this recruiting class?
Before we get too deep into this, let me say up front that this is not necessarily a criticism of the staff but more of an observation. When this group all came from Orlando to Lincoln, all of us assumed that Nebraska would be pounding the pavement hard in Florida trying to get Sunshine State speed into the Big Ten. That hasn’t exactly been the case in the 2019 class.
Summerall represents the best shot at landing a player from the state as of now (before any new names pop up for the push to the traditional February signing date, of course). Last season CJ Smith, Dominick Watt, Miles Jones, Willie Canty, Braxton Clark and Justin McGriff all came to Nebraska from Florida. It’s safe to say the Huskers won’t reach that number this cycle.
There have been a couple of prospects that Nebraska has had on the radar from Florida like Tiawan Mullen, Myles Bell, Josh Sanguinetti and Zay Flowers but things never seemed to take off. So, which state are the Huskers getting great results in? Well, besides Nebraska where five commits come from, Georgia has become a huge state for this staff.
The Peach State is home to Ronald Thompkins, Quinton Newsome, Myles Farmer and Dedrick Mills (who is from Waycross, Georgia). Also, as offensive coordinator Troy Walters said on Twitter yesterday, the Huskers are national brand. That is proven with the fact that Nebraska has 14 different states represented on its commitment list as of now.
We will see what 2020 brings but Nebraska may not have to go far for the bulk of its class. The region is loaded with talent which makes me curious on how high the percentage of 2020 players will end up being from within 500-miles of Lincoln.
>> Garrett Hustedt, an athlete from Elkhorn, Nebraska, picked up a preferred walk-on offer from Nebraska.
— Garrett Hustedt (@GarrettHustedt) December 12, 2018
>> Outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt backed up the theory about Georgia taking over as Nebraska’s top state to recruit in this morning.
Wheels up for south GA #GBR
— Jovan Dewitt (@Coach_Dewitt) December 12, 2018
>> Nebraska volleyball is confident heading into the Final Four matchup with a familiar foe.
>> I took a look at the Nebraska recruiting checklist (Premium) as we close in on a week left before the early signing period opens.
>> We had a loaded mailbag today in which we all made bold predictions on the 2019 season.
>> We’ve been giving our Varsity Club members scoop all day about 2019 recruiting and beyond.
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.