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 June 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. This recruiting cycle has seen a high number of early commitments. This is happening even as players can’t take visits to colleges in-person due to the dead period. Four of the players on last month’s list have committed. TJ Bollers (2), Jaylin Noel (4), Seth Malcom (8) and Trenten Howland (10) all made decisions. Malcom was the lone player to pick Nebraska.
Running backs made a big push on the list this month. Three players at the position made their debuts on the list. 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 June list.
ATH Tommi Hill (Orlando, Florida)
It’s become a tradition for defensive backs coach Travis Fisher to operate under the radar. Then suddenly (to us) come up with big-time players to add to his room. Florida athlete Tommi Hill has been linked to the Huskers for awhile now. He might not be on the front of fans’ minds. Hill is versatile and is being recruited on both sides of the ball. Nebraska likes him as a defensive back where he could use his ball skills for the Blackshirts.
DE Mandela Tobin (San Diego, California)
Tobin is a stout defensive end prospect standing at 6-foot 4 and 270 pounds. The California lineman has been under the radar but is emerging around the country as a name to know. His growing offer list reflects that as he now holds double-digit offers. Fresno State recently became his first in-state offer. Tobin has the type of length that defensive line coach Tony Tuioti covets in his room.
OL Geno VanDeMark (Montvale, New Jersey)
The New Jersey lineman is a very intriguing prospect. He holds close to 20 scholarship offers from around the country so he has plenty of options. At 6-foot-4 and 313 pounds, he would be a smaller tackle prospect for Nebraska so he might fit best inside. VanDeMark could also project as a center prospect. That would give Nebraska another player in that pipeline after Cam Jurgens.
>> Nebraska added a familiar name to the walk-on program when Barron Miles Jr. decided to join the team. He’s joining the Huskers as a wide receiver.
— Barron Miles (@barronmiles09) June 16, 2020
>> Tight end Thomas Fidone also picked up an offer from South Carolina on Tuesday evening as they joined USC trying to get in the game for him.
— Thomas Fidone II ²⁴ (@ThomasFidone) June 16, 2020
>> In the latest Padding the Stats Jacob Padilla looks at basketball’s return with TBT.
>> Derek Peterson took his shot at power ranking (Premium) the Big Ten’s quarterback rooms heading into the 2020 season.
>> During his Zoom press conference on Tuesday, Frost said that Nebraska has and will encourage free speech.
>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag including Matt Farniok to right guard, burning redshirts and BBQ.
>> John Cook got good news on Wednesday when 2022 outside hitter Hayden Kubik committed to Nebraska.
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.