Have you ever wondered how Nebraska’s opponent for the current week is doing in recruiting? Perhaps you’d like to know more about the battles on the recruiting trail in recent years. In this new feature, we are going to take a look weekly at some key factors in recruiting for the team Nebraska is facing.
We’ve gone through the opponents so far:
Purdue’s 2020 recruiting class at a glance:
Best current commit: 4-star TE Maliq Carr
Did Nebraska recruit any of the players in their class?
Yes, they did. Aside from Carr several other Boilermaker commits held offers from Nebraska and were pursued fairly hard. Running back Tirek Murphy, defensive end Greg Hudgins, linebacker Ben Kreul and running back/wide receiver Marcellus Moore all had offers from Nebraska. Kreul visited Lincoln last season before ultimately choosing Purdue. Moore is one of the fastest players in the region and Nebraska wanted to get him on campus badly but it never worked out.
Are there remaining targets on their board that Nebraska is also recruiting?
Purdue offered outside linebacker Kaden Johnson, athlete Terry Lockett, outside linebacker Latarie Kinsler, outside linebacker Jared Ivey, inside linebacker Rodney Groce and linebacker Choe Bryant-Strother. However, none of those uncommited Husker targets seem to be seriously considering Purdue at this time.
Any prospects from their last class playing as freshmen?
There are a lot of players from Purdue’s 2019 recruiting class seeing the field. There are a couple of pretty notable freshmen playing. First, their leading rusher on the season is freshman King Doerue. He has 289 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the season. David Bell has been one of the best freshman wideouts in the country. He leads the team with 44 receptions for 653 yards and four scores. On defense, former 4-star defensive end George Karlaftis has lived up to the hype. He has 39 total tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss already this year to go along with six sacks.
How has Nebraska recruited the state?
Nebraska has not made much of an attempt to recruit the Hoosier State. They signed zero players from the state in 2019 and 2018. Beyond that only tight end Kurt Rafdal in 2017 and linebacker Collin Miller in 2016 have joined the team.
Are there any notable players that Nebraska lost to them?
While he didn’t take an official visit last season the Huskers did recruit Purdue’s star freshman wide receiver David Bell. Everyone recruited defensive end George Karlaftis but it was pretty evident he was always going to Purdue since he grew up in West Lafayette. So those are two players Nebraska would love to have just like every other school in the conference.
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.