Today is the big day that Nebraska fans have been waiting for the entire contact period. Later on Thursday evening, Nebraska coach Scott Frost will be joined by some other assistants for the last in-home visit with 4-star (HV Rating: 92.6) defensive end Ty Robinson.
The Higley High standout and U.S. Army All-American has long been Nebraska’s top target on the defensive line. He has been to Lincoln multiple times since last summer, including his official visit for the Michigan State game on Senior Day. Going into that visit, Robinson wanted to see how the culture changed from visiting Lincoln in the spring to that day in November.
“It was crazy,” Robinson said after the visit. “The players have bought in. We knew that the fans and the people around Nebraska football bought in, but it was great to see the players have bought in. They couldn’t stop smiling every time Scott Frost’s name comes up. You can definitely tell they love the guy. Some of the seniors were bummed they don’t get to play with him the next few years.”
During the spring, it appeared as if Robinson would shut his recruitment down. Instead, he slowed things down a bit and took his official visits. Nebraska has been in a battle with Alabama, USC and Oregon for the defender.
Each situation seems to have both good and bad with it. At Alabama, how serious are both sides about Robinson ending up in Tuscaloosa? Also, the Tide are in such a good place with their 2019 class already that they actually don’t really have the space for Robinson.
Oregon always does well with players on official visits with the sparkling facilities and cool factor, but can new head coach Mario Cristobal convince Robinson that Eugene is the place for him to grow and get ready for the NFL?
USC was the quiet front-runner in this recruitment since Robinson took his official visit there in the fall. He was blown away by what he saw in Los Angeles. That was until the Trojans’ season went sideways and they fired their defensive line coach who Robinson was close with the night before he was scheduled to go in-home with him during the contact period.
Nebraska has been a steady presence in this recruitment. The staff has made Robinson a major priority the entire cycle, the same as they did with Nick Henrich, Bryce Benhart and Wandale Robinson. There is a bit of comfort if the Huskers are the ultimate choice because both of Robinson’s parents attended Chadron State in Nebraska. His mom also has a lot of family in the state. When he attended the spring game, he was joined by his mom and uncle but had other family members that attended the game, too.
Nebraska gets to make the final pitch to Robinson tonight and the staff purposely saved Frost’s visit for this occasion. The Huskers will be the last staff in the home before he sits down to make his decision over the weekend. He will sign on Dec. 19 at his school and will enroll at the school of choice this summer.
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.