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Nebraska Recruiting: Which Group Is Biggest Strength of 2019 Class?

January 29, 2019

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.

The last couple of days have been rough on the recruiting trail for Nebraska. On Friday, 3-star wide receiver Charles Njoku committed to UCLA over Nebraska. Then after hosting 3-star outside linebacker Dylan Jordan for an official visit over the weekend, Nebraska lost out on him to TCU. The miss on Jordan has caused a lot of fans to wonder what is next for the outside linebacker position, which is a spot that the Huskers have struggled to fill with multiple staffs. 

The struggles at that particular position got me to thinking but in the opposite direction: Which position group was the biggest strength of the 2019 class? 

I would argue that the group that offensive line Greg Austin brought in for his group is biggest position of strength for the 2019 recruiting class. Even with the curious situation surrounding Desmond Bland’s commitment, this is a strong group. The offensive line haul is headlined by Lakeville, Minnesota, native Bryce Benhart‍ who has the look of a player that will anchor the line for years to come. 

Due to the fanfare around Benhart, it’s easy to overlook a player like Michael Lynn‍. He projects as a guard in college but you can see on tape that he is a technician along the line and having talked to him numerous times, he’s a very hard-worker. Nebraska also picked up a pair of athletic tackle prospects that will be fun to watch develop in the coming seasons – Matthew Anderson‍ and Jimmy Fritzsche‍. 

Development is exactly why I’m so high on this group. First, they all have more room to getting bigger and stronger. Second, I think Austin has shown in one season that he is a quality offensive line coach that will improve the Huskers’ play in the trenches. 

The sheer star power of wide receiver Wandale Robinson or defensive back Noa Pola-Gates could propel their groups but overall, I really like the work Austin did in the 2019 class.

Recruit Watch

>> As mentioned above, outside linebacker Dylan Jordan committed to TCU on Monday.

>> Coach Scott Frost and defensive coordinator Erik Chinander stopped by Steven Parker’s high school on Monday.

>> Gabriel Rubio, a big-time 2021 defensive tackle from the St. Louis area, announced on Twitter that he will be attending Nebraska’s Junior Day this weekend. 


>> Since the staff is back on the road in full swing for week three, we are providing updates on their whereabouts throughout the week including another trip to see Steven Parker. (Premium)

>> Hail Varsity caught up with defensive tackle prospect Matthew Pola-Mao to see where things stand with Nebraska. (Premium)

>> Jacob Padilla has your High School Roundup in a successful week for Nebraska recruits. 

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