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 April edition of the Greg’s Guys list is out. The list is my top 10 players for Nebraska’s recruiting class based on needs, how a player fits in the scheme and talent has turned the page to the current cycle.
There were changes to the list this month after two targets from the March list verbally committed. The order also changed as Nebraska made some progress with a big-time linebacker target. This month’s list has a unique feel based on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Still, there is no way to capture the whole picture with 10 top targets. There are several players who just missed the cut for the April list.
DE Ryan Keeler (La Grange Park, Illinois)
The Illinois 3-star defensive end was an early 2021 target for the Huskers. He’s been on campus a couple times and was scheduled to return this spring. Keeler is one of Nebraska’s top targets in the region this cycle. His offer list has become massive with over 30 schools offering him a scholarship. Kansas State, Minnesota and Michigan are some of the top competition for the Huskers right now.
OLB Collin Oliver (Edmund, Oklahoma)
Oliver put the Huskers in his top group of eight schools. He’s an athletic and rangy prospect who would fit nicely into defensive coordinator Erik Chinander’s defense. He’s been to Lincoln once for a game and has stayed in frequent contact with the staff. After releasing his top group, he promptly picked up offers from Oregon and Georgia. The secret is out on Oliver and we will see if the new interest causes a shake up on his list.
RB Deshun Murrell (Centreville, Alabama)
When I spoke with the Bibb County School star in February he wasn’t all that familiar with the Huskers but he has been in contact with running backs coach Ryan Held and Chinander. The relationship is growing and he is one of Nebraska’s focal points at running back this cycle.
— Deshun Murrell (@deshun_03) April 14, 2020
Like many of the Nebraska targets before him, Murrell (6-0, 180) also runs track. He participates in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4×100, 4×400 and triple jump. The running back (6-0, 180) ran for an impressive 2,174 yards and 33 touchdowns as a junior.
>> Kearney Catholic quarterback Heinrich Haarberg posted some additional highlight on Tuesday.
>> Kansas City 2021 defensive end Tobechi Okoli picked up an offer from USC on Monday evening.
>> The Huskers made the top group for Oklahoma defensive back Keuan Parker on Monday night.
— Keuan Parker (@KeuanParker1) April 13, 2020
>> Derek Peterson detailed Kendall Coley’s road to Nebraska in this nice piece.
>> What is the best that Nebraska football has played since joining the Big Ten? Brandon Vogel tackled that question in Hot Reads.
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.