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.
— h o l l y w o o d 🅿️ (@demariyon5) January 25, 2019
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?
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.