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Nebraska Recruiting: Internal and External Help Needed at WR
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Nebraska Recruiting: Where the Huskers Turn After Njoku Decision

January 26, 2019

Now that Nebraska has lost out on 3-star wide receiver Charles Njoku‍, where do they turn from here to get wide receiver help? Well, the Huskers’ staff has done a good job all cycle long of having plans then having backup plans (plus contingencies) just in case.

That explains why just Thursday night, Coach Scott Frost, wide receivers coach Troy Walters and running backs coach Ryan Held all went in-home with 4-star wide receiver Demariyon Houston‍ in Oklahoma City. 

As I explained in Big Red Recon on Friday morning, Houston as a “consolation prize” is a very good option. Njoku was highly coveted by both the Huskers staff and fans because of the measurables he has that can’t be taught. He stands at 6-foot-5 and has an 84-inch wingspan. However, the player that everyone hoped Njoku could replace — Stanley Morgan Jr. — is not nearly that tall or long. Morgan was a great receiver but his role can be filled by someone with similar measurables to his. 

In this recruiting class, it feels like there isn’t enough talk about Darien Chase (6-1, 175) from Washington. He is actually bigger than what Morgan was listed at coming in as a freshman and could ultimately fill that chain-mover role in this offense. Let’s also not forget a guy already in the program: Jaevon McQuitty. The Huskers also have Jack Stoll, Austin Allen and Kurt Rafdal, who can all be used as red zone targets (in addition to newly arrived freshman Chris Hickman). 

If Nebraska winds up with Houston, they will have landed a former Texas commit with legitimate speed. He’s not a “reach” or a “project” and could go on to have a productive college career. The question now is can Nebraska lock him down before he takes a planned official visit to Colorado on Feb. 1?

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