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New Huskers Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick’s Recruiting History

January 19, 2020

Capping off a busy news day, Nebraska announced Friday that Matt Lubick would be the new offensive coordinator at Nebraska. Lubick brings a strong coaching resume to Lincoln. He's coached 16 seasons at the Power 5 level, including stops at Washington, Oregon, Duke, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Oregon State. 

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to be part of Nebraska Football,” Lubick said in a statement. “Growing up I was in awe of Tom Osborne and Bob Devaney’s unmatched run of success. It is a special situation for me to be reunited with an elite staff and Coach Frost who is the best in the business. The University of Nebraska is a world-class institution with the best fan base in college football.”

Lubick is known as a sharp offensive mind with a great attention to detail, but what about his work as a recruiter? He has a good reputation as a recruiter but how good depends on which stop we are talking about. He was known as a relentless recruiter at Arizona State, Ole Miss and Duke. He arrived at Oregon with a big reputation. On paper, Lubick was a good recruiter in Eugene. 

His stop at Washington is where the questions come in. A source indicated to me that he did not recruit as hard at Washington as he did at previous stops. That is just one opinion though. The results on paper for his recruits at Washington don’t line up with someone who doesn’t like to recruit. Some of that reputation may also have to do with Lubick becoming burnt out and stepping away from coaching. 

Let’s take a look.

2019 Class (Washington)

  • 4-star ATH Asa Turner (6-3, 195) (California)
  • 4-star CB Trent McDuffie (5-11, 187) (California)
  • 4-star WR Puka Nacua (6-2, 190) (Utah) 
  • 3-star WR Taj Davis (6-1, 192) (California)

* Ranked 11th in Pac-12 on 247 recruiter rankings

2018 Class (Washington)

  • 4-star RB Trey Lowe (5-7, 174) (Oregon) 
  • 4-star WR Marquis Spiker (6-3, 180) (California)
  • 4-star WR Austin Osborne (6-2, 188) (California)
  • 3-star WR Devin Culp (6-3, 235) (Washington)

*Ranked 4th in Pac-12 on 247 recruiter rankings

2017 Class (Oregon)

  • 4-star RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio (6-1 211) (California)
  • 3-star WR Johnny Johnson III (6-0, 194) (Arizona)

*No ranking found on the 247 recruiter rankings for this cycle

2016 Class (Oregon)

  • 4-star WR Dillon Mitchell (6-0, 191) (Tennessee)
  • 3-star WR Brenden Schooler (6-2, 190) (California)
  • 3-star WR Riley Smith (6-0, 190) (California)
  • 3-star QB Justin Herbert (6-5, 215) (Oregon)

*Ranked 12th in Pac-12 on 247 recruiter rankings

2015 Class (Oregon)

  • 4-star RB Kirk Merritt (5-11, 206) (Louisiana)
  • 4-star RB Malik Lovette (5-11, 180) (California)
  • 4-star WR Alex Ofodile (6-2, 185) (Missouri)

*Ranked 18th in Pac-12 on 247 recruiter rankings

These are the recruits he is credited with recruiting based on data form 247Sports. As we start to get to know Lubick as a recruiter a couple of trends emerge from this list of his last five seasons as a coach. 

First is that he likes recruiting out West. That was part of Troy Walters’ responsibilities so it makes sense for Lubick to pick up where he left off. Looking at the size of the wideouts he recruits, there is not one under six foot on this list. Is that a coincidence or a philosophy? Time will tell on how effective Lubick will be as a recruiter at Nebraska. Enough coaches have come and gone from here in the last ten years. We realize it’s hard to predict exactly what will happen. 

Still, there are some things in Lubick’s history as a recruiter and developer to be encouraged by.  

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