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Recruiting Recon: 2018 Running Backs
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Recruiting Recon: 2018 Running Backs

July 19, 2017

Players currently committed: None

How we got here: The discussion around the I-Back position at Nebraska is always constant thanks to the great history of players that have manned that spot for the Huskers in the past. The 2017 recruiting class saw the Huskers land 2-star running back Jaylin Bradley out of Bellevue, Nebraska, but miss out on the high-profile targets.  The running back spot at Nebraska is a bit tricky right now because there are highly touted players on the roster that have years of eligibility left.

Tre Bryant, who figures to get the first crack as the starter this season, is just a sophomore. His primary backups are junior Devine Ozigbo and junior Mikale Wilbon. Wyatt Mazour, a player that many are enamored with after a good spring, is just a sophomore. The age and potential of the backs on the roster has allowed Nebraska to continue swinging for the fences with running back recruits but eventually you have to land one of those impact players. How fans feel going forward about running back recruiting will be very dependent on how the players in the program develop due to their remaining eligibility.

Where they go from here: The Huskers will continue to go after the “big fish” namely IMG Academy running back and current Oklahoma commit TJ Pledger. The speedy all-purpose back is near the top of most Husker fans 2018 recruiting wish lists and that won’t change anytime soon. The Huskers were able to get him on campus for the Friday Night Lights camp on June 23 and he is close with current commits Brendan Radley-Hiles and Joshua Moore.  

To Nebraska’s credit they were one of the first schools to offer Washington D.C. prospect Mychale Salahuddin but it was unable to gain much traction before his recruitment blew up and he committed to USC.

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