Have you ever wondered how Nebraska’s opponent for the current week is doing in recruiting? Perhaps you’d like to know more about the battles on the recruiting trail in recent years. In this new feature, we are going to take a look weekly at some key factors in recruiting for the team Nebraska is facing.
We’ve gone through the opponents so far:
Wisconsin’s 2020 recruiting class at a glance:
Best current commit: 4-star offensive tackle Trey Wedig
Did Nebraska recruit any of the players in its class?
Yes, the Huskers did. Nebraska not only offered a scholarship to the Badgers top commit, Wedig but also to 4-star outside linebacker Nick Herbig, 3-star tight end Cam Large and 3-star outside linebacker Malik Reed. The Huskers hosted Reed over the summer for an official visit. After that visit it was a mild surprise that Reed picked the Badgers over the Huskers.
Are there remaining targets on the board that Nebraska is also recruiting?
There is one huge target remaining on the board that both teams are battling over. Kaden Johnson, the 4-star outside linebacker from Minnesota is coveted by both teams. He has taken official visits to both and is inching closer to a decision. The Huskers lost on Reed to the Badgers but scored Nash Hutmacher over them. The third direct battle between the programs is vital. Keep an eye on 2021 outside linebacker TJ Bollers as both the Huskers and Badgers covet the Iowa native.
Any prospects from the last class playing as freshmen?
Wisconsin’s freshman class is known for who isn’t playing this season. Quarterback Graham Mertz was thought to have the inside track on the job going into the season but was beaten out by junior Jack Coan. Linebacker Leo Chenal is the most noteworthy freshman getting playing time and he’s tallied 14 total tackles.
How has Nebraska recruited the state?
Nebraska historically does not recruit the state of Wisconsin very hard. The last player they signed from the state was defensive end AJ Natter back in 2013. They only offered two scholarships for the class of 2020 to Wisconsin natives. Wedig and Purdue commit Ben Kreul.
Are there any notable players that Nebraska lost to Wisconsin?
In the class of 2020 Trey Wedig and Malik Reed, especially Reed count as losses. The most notable loss recently was Lincoln Southeast graduate Bryson Williams. He was not offered a scholarship by Mike Riley’s staff. When Frost took over the program he and Barrett Ruud made a strong push to get Williams in the fold. Ultimately he stuck with his commitment to the Badgers and now starts at nose tackle. He is injured and will miss the game this weekend.
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.