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Recruiting Recon: 2018 Running Backs
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Where the Huskers Look Now at Running Back

March 30, 2017

Now that Pledger is headed elsewhere, the Huskers are out to find their next top running back prospect. Who could that be? We’re taking a quick look at Nebraska’s options.

Grahm Roberts

Concord, Delaware | 6-, 210 pounds | Notable offers: Nebraska, North Carolina, Syracuse

Nebraska looks poised to dip into Delaware for another Roberts athlete, only this one will play on the offensive side of the ball. Grahm Roberts, the younger brother of current Nebraska inside linebacker Avery Roberts, will be in Lincoln for the spring game and may be on verge of a commitment to the Huskers. As a junior, Roberts earned all-state honors at running back while helping the Raiders go 7-4 in 2016. Roberts has three FBS offers thus far, which includes North Carolina and Syracuse.

Despite the competition, Nebraska is considered the clear front-runner at this point, especially with Pledger off the market. Roberts is also a good fit for Nebraska, as he offers a nice change in style from previous running back signees Tre Bryant and Jaylin Bradley, who are both smaller and less powerful than the 210 pound Roberts.

Christian Turner

Buford, Georgia | 5-9, 170 pounds | Notable offers: Nebraska, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Tennessee

Nebraska has landed two shifty all-purpose backs in its past two recruiting classes and that trend may continue with Christian Turner. Turner, a 5-9, 170 pound prospect out of Georgia, received his Nebraska offer on Feb. 23, with the Huskers joining more than 20 other programs in the chase for the talented back. Despite a relatively late start in joining the chase, Nebraska has jumped right into Turner’s top eight along with schools such as Notre Dame, Miami (FL) and Virginia Tech.

One thing Nebraska has working in its favor is that Turner is planning to visit for the spring game on April 15, a tremendous opportunity for Reggie Davis to sell him on his fit with Nebraska. Turner starred at running back for Buford as a junior, helping lead the Wolves to a 13-2 record and a runner up finish in Georgia’s Class 5A division.

Kirby Bennett

Las Vegas, Nevada | 6-, 190 pounds | Notable offers: Nebraska. UCLA, Oregon, Tennessee

Rounding out the list of targets is Kirby Bennett, one of the most coveted running back targets in the entire 2018 class. At one point, Davis and the Huskers were battling with over 40 other schools for Bennett’s attention, but Davis’ hard work lead to Nebraska making the cut into Bennett’s final group of schools. Nebraska will be battling with Florida State, UCLA, Oregon, Tennessee, Auburn and Colorado the rest of the way for Bennett, with Bennett planning to announce his decision in December.

One thing Nebraska has working in its favor is that Bennett is a close friend to Nebraska wide receiver signee Tyjon Lindsey, who has been actively trying to get Bennett to come join him in Lincoln. Time will tell if Lindsey’s friendship will help Davis swipe Bennett out of Pac-12 country.

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