As we wind down the 2019 cycle, let’s dream a little, shall we? Here’s a look at how things could shake out for Nebraska if everything breaks its way on the trail on the offensive side of the football.
Quarterback: Nebraska is set here after landing one of its top targets, Luke McCaffrey. The Valor Christian High School dual-threat prospect is coming into the program knowing that a redshirt is the path he is on.
Running Back: The Huskers have three commits at the position with junior college runner Dedrick Mills in the fold along with prep players Ronald Thompkins and Rahmir Johnson. All three are worth being excited over but I’ve consistently said that Johnson is someone we don’t talk about enough in the class. As far as future targets go there are two players Nebraska is after that must be included in any ‘dream’ scenario. Four-star running back Wandale Robinson who Ryan Held went in-home with last night is the first and most talked about. The other player, Texas 4-star commit Jake Smith from Scottsdale, Arizona, is someone Nebraska will be in contact with until pen meets paper on Dec. 19. Both are super talents and both fit like a glove into the Duck-R role.
Wide Receiver: Right now, the Huskers have two commits at the position with Jamie Nance and Darien Chase. Nebraska certainly needs to add one or two more playmakers on the outside given the lack of returning production for 2019. The big question here is: which prospects make up the ‘dream finish?’ Newly uncommitted high-four star Arjei Henderson will certainly get a call from the Nebraska staff. I would be surprised if the Huskers didn’t reach out to 4-star Braedin Huffman-Dixon, a Colorado commit given the turmoil there.
Tight End: Given how many young tight ends are on the roster and the commitment of Chris Hickman, who will enroll early, the Huskers are done with the position for 2019.
Offensive line: Nebraska has done significant work on the trail in 2019 with offensive line recruiting. Greg Austin landed his top target with offensive tackle Bryce Benhart. The Huskers also have a top junior college lineman currently in the fold with Desmond Bland. He can play guard or center. Michael Lynn has continued to pick up offers since he quietly committed to the Huskers and Matthew Anderson has big upside. The dream finish here is about keeping the group together. Benhart and Anderson are very solid. Bland has a trip to Florida State planned and Willie Taggart is a great salesman. Lynn is a player that could be very popular if he waits until February to sign.
As for more additions, even if Nebraska holds onto everyone they currently have, flipping Jeremy James from Ole Miss would be a huge coup for Austin. James visited Lincoln for the Purdue game and has hosted the staff, including Scott Frost, in-home already.
Stay tuned for the defense’s dream recruiting finish for 2019.
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.