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Nebraska Recruiting: Which 2021 Position Group Offers Most Intrigue?

October 19, 2020

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.


We are at an interesting point with the building of the 2021 recruiting class for Nebraska. The season is starting late so the time references of what should be happening in recruiting right now are a little off. It will be strange when the season begins this weekend in the Big Ten and no recruits will be at the games to check out their potential future school.

Through all that Nebraska, like everyone else, has had to make due and build the best recruiting class it can. I have an article that went live earlier today detailing how Nebraska got to this point in the class at each position group. One thing stood out to me when thinking about the class is the defensive backs group currently committed to Travis Fisher.

Fisher has had as much success as any coach on the staff in landing big-time talent to add to his room. He has recruited several 4-star players in the time he has been in Lincoln. What makes his group the most intriguing currently is that he doesn’t have any 4-star prospects committed right now. Rankings are subject to change and someone could always get a bump, but that would be the first time at Nebraska for him if it holds up.

The Huskers tapped into the prep school market again when Marques Buford committed to the team. He’s the No. 1 prep player in the country and quite the versatile player. The defensive back chose the Huskers over Texas A&M, Washington State, Cal and others. Despite playing his prep ball in Conneticut, he is another Texan heading to Lincoln.

Omaha Westside’s Koby Bretz would make the short list of intriguing prospects in this class. He is a tremendous athlete that could stay at safety or bulk up and slide down to outside linebacker. Westside head coach Brett Froendt has seen his athleticism firsthand, especially knowing Bretz’s background in various sports.

“Diving his whole life just created a great deal of body control and body strength,” Froendt said. “He does some ridiculous things gymnastically. That converts on the football field in being able to contort his body and do some athletic movements that a lot of kids just can’t do. That’s what creates the athlete in him.

Buford High standout Malik Williams is joining his teammate Gabe Ervin in the 2021 recruiting class. The cornerback had a rising name helping to recruit him to Lincoln. Fellow Georgian and current Nebraska defensive back Myles Farmer is close with Williams. The pair talk about Nebraska often, which is partially what sparked Williams’ interest in the Huskers. Farmer told Williams about the coaches and how they interact with the players and how much he likes the program.

Lardarius Webb is also part of the defensive back group heading to Lincoln. Originally from Alabama, Webb is finishing his high school career at Jackson Prep in Mississippi. Webb’s father—Lardarius Webb Sr.—played defensive back in the NFL for nine seasons. He worked himself into a third-round draft pick from Nicholls State. The scrappy defender will fit in well with Fisher’s group and personality.

There are other position groups with more star power behind their names who plan to head to Lincoln. If I could look into the future to see how things go for any position group I’d go with the defensive backs.

Recruit Watch

>> Huskers 2022 offensive line target Kiyaunta Goodwin picked up an offer from Texas on Monday.

>> Huskers 2022 wide receiver target Quinton Conley out of Kansas City posted his midseason highlights.

>> Bellevue West 2022 star tight end Micah Riley also posted his highlights over the weekend.

ICYMI

>> Derek Peterson is here with five predictions for Nebraska football in 2020.

> > The Huskers announced Monday three walk-ons would be placed on scholarship.

>> As Derek Peterson wrote, Adrian Martinez still has his team’s respect after a bumpy season.

>> The Huskers have a starting quarterback for this weekend’s game. Scott Frost announced it will be Adrian Martinez.

> > If you missed any of the conversation with Husker players and Scott Frost on Monday check it out here. 

>> Dalano Banton is ready to show Nebraska fans what he can do for Nebraska basketball.

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