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Recruiting Recon: 2020 Defensive Backs

July 25, 2019

Players currently committed: 3-star CB Tamon Lynum (6-2, 165)

How we got here: The biggest impact group of Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class is likely the defensive backs that signed. The group is big, athletic and has multiple players that could see the field early on their careers for Nebraska. The crown jewel of the new additions was Arizona defensive back Noa Pola-Gates. As he showed in the All-America Game, he is not afraid to make a hit and he has the versatility to play any spot in the secondary. Georgia defensive back Quinton Newsome is already turning heads in Lincoln this summer and is on track to play early. Myles Farmer (6-3, 180) and Javin Wright (6-3, 190) are both very intriguing prospects as well. 

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Georgia native Quinton Newsome has a chance to play early.

Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher wanted to add size to his room to matchup in the Big Ten and he certainly hit that goal. 

So far in the 2020 recruiting cycle, there has been a priority on finding more of a true cornerback to round out the group from 2019. Nebraska got that on June 23 when Orlando cornerback Tamon Lynum joined the class after taking an official visit to Lincoln. Lynum is raw but does have the physical tool ready to be developed by Fisher. 

Where we go from here: There are several targets Nebraska is keeping in close contact with at defensive back. Montgomery, Alabama, defender Kendrick Simpkins‍ told Hail Varsity that he is planning to take an official visit for the Ohio State game. Javar Strong‍ is also a name to keep an eye on that might be a bit off the radar. Stong holds an offer from the Huskers and is teammates with quarterback commit Logan Smothers. 

There are also a pair of Arizona State commits that Nebraska would love to host for official visits this fall. DJ Taylor‍ from Tampa, Florida had high interest in the Huskers before committing to the Sun Devils this summer. T Lee‍ out of Buford, Georgia, took an unofficial to Nebraska last season and—while he is committed—has remained open about taking other officials. 

Nebraska has also quietly been after several junior college cornerbacks. It makes a lot of sense to bring in one solid JUCO corner this cycle to pair with Lynum while he develops and the junior college transfer can hit the ground running. That is also definitely worth monitoring. 

I expect Nebraska will take at least two more defensive backs with one being a true corner prospect. 

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