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.
It is my monthly list the top 10 players in the class based on Nebraska’s needs, how a player fits in the scheme and talent now drops the first Tuesday of each month. The April list saw a major shakeup. We have a new No. 1 player too: quarterback MJ Morris. The Georgia native has a pretty solid lead as the biggest quarterback target of the cycle. There were also several players that dropped off the list and got replaced for various reasons.
The Huskers had a big last week on the recruiting trail. The team picked up a pair of commitments, one for the 2022 cycle and one for the 2023 cycle. But overall things are in holding pattern as players line up June official visits in hopes of the dead period being lifted at the end of May.
There is no way to capture the whole picture with 10 top targets. There are several players who just missed the cut for the initial list. Let’s highlight a few.
ATH Jaren Kanak (Hays, Kansas)
The Huskers were Kanak’s third Power Five offer back in January. He’s continued to see his stock rise over the last few months. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Kanak could project to either side of the ball in college. His athleticism has college scouts excited about potentially landing him. He currently has three official visits on the books for June to Iowa, Kansas State and Kansas. I would expect him to take a June official to Nebraska with his teammate Gavin Meyers.
10.6 laser 100 at 210 lbs⚡️ pic.twitter.com/g0TcS2J5LI
— ✞ Jaren Kanak ✞ (@KanakJaren) April 2, 2021
LB Jared Badie (Oswego, Illinois)
Nebraska has been hard after the Illinois linebacker throughout the dead period. Right now Badie is getting to play his junior football season and has shown flashes of the pass rushing ability that landed him on teams’ radar. His profile is growing with offers from Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue. If the Huskers could swing an early visit to pull ahead it would help quite a bit. If not, this recruitment could drag into his senior season as more teams get a look at him.
Illinois linebacker target Jared Badie (@JaredBadie) and Oswego East defeated Joliet West 35-14 on Friday. Badie had 3.5 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack just in one half. pic.twitter.com/m1cnbxKb1B
— Luke Lowry (@IlliniPulseLuke) March 22, 2021
OL Spruceton Buddenhagen (Osceola, Iowa)
Buddenhagen is a prospect that popped onto the radar for Nebraska back in 2019. They hosted him for an unofficial visit back during that season. His size (6-6, 265) makes him standout among prospects in Iowa. His recruitment has slowed down in recent months. Right now, he holds offers from Iowa State and Nebraska. Many others including Iowa are keeping tabs on the Clarke Community High School standout.
>> Micah Riley-Ducker has his fifth official visit set uo and he will be going to Wisconsin. His five allotted visits are going to Wisconsin, Iowa State, Auburn, Tennessee and Iowa.
Wisconsin Official June 17-20 👐🏽🦡 pic.twitter.com/CVFyOhRd9B
— 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐡 𝐑𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐲-𝐃𝐮𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐫 (@micah_r_d) April 6, 2021
>> Nebraska defensive end target Joe Strickland picked up an offer from Tennessee.
— Joe Strickland. (@J3stripe) April 6, 2021
>> Season two of the Straight Up Breakdown podcast is here and I’m joined by Derek Peterson to play a game of true or false.
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>> Nebraska announced the hire of Nate Loenser as an addition to Fred Hoiberg’s staff.
>> It’s a “prove it” year for Nebraska but also quarterback Adrian Martinez who can be an All-Conference player (Premium) if he can cut the turnovers.
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.