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Big Red Recon: Light at the End of the Tunnel for Nebraska

October 26, 2018

After a win over Minnesota (where Nebraska rolled up almost 700 yards of offense), the recruiting machine is rolling and the Huskers have some momentum on the trail. Nebraska will still need to go out and take care of business against Bethune-Cookman, especially with what is expected to be a big week of commitment announcements that the Big Red is involved in.

Let's get to the Recon.

Class Breakdown

Husker Commits

Matthew Anderson‍, offensive lineman, Leesville, Lousiana

Desmond Bland‍, offensive lineman, Yuma, Arizona

Darien Chase‍, wide receiver, Vancouver, Washington

Tony Fair‍, defensive tackle, Pima, Arizona

Jackson Hannah‍, linebacker, Nashville, Tennesee 

Nick Henrich‍, linebacker, Omaha, Nebraska

Chris Hickman‍, tight end, Omaha, Nebraska

Rahmir Johnson‍, running back, Oradell, New Jersey

Michael Lynn‍, offensive lineman, Greenwood Village, Colorado

Luke McCaffrey‍, quarterback, Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Dedrick Mills‍, running back, Garden City, Kansas

Jamie Nance‍, wide receiver, Blanchard, Oklahoma

Garrett Nelson‍, defensive end, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 

Mosai Newsom‍, defensive end, Waverly, Iowa

Quinton Newsome‍, defensive back, Suwanee, Georgia

Ethan Piper‍, defensive tackle, Norfolk, Nebraska

Garrett Snodgrass‍, athlete, York, Nebraska 

Ronald Thompkins‍, running back, Loganville, Georgia

2019 Needs

QB 0 DL 2
RB 0 MLB 0
WR 1 OLB 1
TE 0 DB 3
OL 3 K/P 0


Additional Recon

>> Marcus Washington, a 4-star wide receiver from St. Louis, will make his college announcement on Friday. All signs points to Austin, Texas, with this recruitment going the way of the Longhorns. The Huskers did host Washington for an official visit on Sept. 8 and made a good impression but his trip the next week to Texas was a game-changer.

>> Hail Varsity has been able to confirm that Coffeyville Community College safety Markquese Bell will be visiting Nebraska for the Michigan State game. Bell, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 194 pounds is one of the best defensive backs in JUCO this cycle. Bell is a Maryland bounce back. 

>> As seen on Twitter, 3-star (HV Rating: 85.0) defensive back and Husker legacy Javin Wright will be making his college decision on Oct. 31 between UCLA and Nebraska. I’ve considered Wright a Nebraska lean for quite a while but the UCLA visit went well last weekend.

There is also a growing feeling after talking to multiple sources that Wright has a desire to stay out west. His father, Toby Wright, played at Nebraska in the 90s and is on the Huskers' side here. We will see how it shakes out next week. I’m still riding with the Huskers but this is much closer than expected at the moment.

>> Look for Caleb Tannor to continue to get an increased workload. I’m told the staff has been investing more time in his preparation week-by-week. Tannor needs to continue to develop his pass rush moves but once he does that, he can be fully unleashed.  

>> There will be no official visitors for the game this weekend versus Bethune-Cookman. That's nothing to be worried about considering the game wasn’t on the schedule initially and it’s an 11a.m. kickoff. However, there will be a strong local flavor on the sidelines pre-game as Nebraska is ahead of schedule in building their walk-on class.

>> One 2019 prospect you can expect back on the sidelines is Joel Stevens from Lee Summit North in Kansas City, Missouri. Stevens (6-6, 305) is a sleeper prospect who was in Lincoln for the game last week. He will be in town again as an unofficial visitor. 

>> Nebraska is surging with recruiting momentum at a perfect time. Last week, I talked and wrote a lot about how huge last weekend was to getting the ball rolling. So far this week, we’ve seen one commitment from 4-star athlete Darien Chase. Now the waiting game begins as other big decision loom for Nebraska recruiting. 

Defensive back Javin Wright decides on Oct. 31, athlete Wandale Robinson decides Nov. 1 and offensive tackle Bryce Benhart could make an announcement at any time. The Huskers have a good shot at landing all three of those players. I’d be stunned if they didn’t land at least two of the three. Coming out on the other side from those looming decisions, the Huskers have some big recruiting weekends coming up. The Illinois and Michigan State games will feature some high-profile targets. 

>> Right now, Nebraska sits with 18 commits already in the class. I still expect them to end up with 26-28 commits in this class so they still have 8-10 more slots to fill. I think we end up seeing five more players commit in-season and then Nebraska’s staff will laser in on targets between the December signing period and February signing day. 

The class sits in a good spot right now but the Huskers still need to finish strong. There are a good number of impact targets on the board that Nebraska is in good position with.

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