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Nebraska Recruiting: How Worried Should You Be About Inside Linebacker?

October 10, 2018
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Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


Offensive line, defensive back and wide receiver have been the top positions of need for the 2019 recruiting class all along. As I’ve written before, offensive line gets my vote for the No. 1 spot. 

However, throughout the season for multiple reasons new needs pop up and I believe we have a new one that Nebraska may need to spend more time on than they expected coming into the season and that’s inside linebacker. Barrett Ruud has his work cut out for him managing the situation the team finds itself in right now. Mo Barry, Dedrick Young and Collin Miller are the only healthy scholarship inside linebackers on the roster. Jacob Weinmaster is the fourth inside linebacker right now on the team. Behind him Ruud has to get other walk-ons ready for emergency duty. 

Next year, Barry, Miller and Weinmaster return. Nebraska will also get Will Honas back from his knee injury. Incoming freshman Nick Henrich and Jackson Hannah will enter the mix as well. That group gives you more options but you never know how Honas’ knee will respond. Also, it would be a nice luxury if Nebraska did not have to rush Henrich and Hannah into action in 2019. I am on record as saying those two plus Caleb Tannor have the makings of a tremendous linebacking group but 2019 isn’t necessarily when that should happen. 

In my mind, it’s the perfect situation for Nebraska to add a junior college inside linebacker to the class of 2019. That player wouldn’t have to start but it would be nice to have another reliable player in the middle of the defense. It’s always good to coach yourself into options or in this case, recruit yourself into options. 

Recruit Watch

>>One of the most talented athletes in the state of Nebraska, Omaha Burke running back James Burks released his mid-season highlight film today. In addition to being a great running back, Burks is also a state champion wrestler. 

ICYMI

>>My latest weekly in-state preview is live as I’ll be back in Omaha to check out Omaha North vs Bellevue West. 

>>Derek Peterson looked into why points not yards matter for the Nebraska offense. 

>>No Huddle is back and it has been flagged

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