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Nebraska Football Recruiting

Nebraska Recruiting: Setting The Stage For a Big Week

October 29, 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.


This week is pretty important for Nebraska on the recruiting trail. It all really got kicked off last Thursday when 4-star athlete Darien Chase‍ announced that he was joining the 2019 class. Then, Nebraska got huge news on Sunday night when 4-star offensive tackle Bryce Benhart‍ announced he was also joining the class. 

Those two announcements were more than welcomed by Nebraska but the Benhart one was out of the blue. He had not previously stated a timeline.

This week, there are two huge announcements that we know will cause waves for Nebraska football one way or the other. On Halloween, 3-star defensive back (HV Rating: 85.0) Javin Wright‍ will make his college choice. Wright is a talented defensive back who stands at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds with the frame to grow into an outside linebacker. He would be a very intriguing addition to the class if he chooses Nebraska over UCLA. He is a legacy recruit as he is the son of Toby Wright who was a Blackshirt himself.

Then on Thursday, 4-star athlete (HV Rating: 91.7) Wandale Robinson‍ will make his announcement at a school ceremony at 1:30 p.m. CT. Robinson is the perfect fit in Scott Frost’s offense but he also does not lack for options. He is considering Ohio State, Purdue, Kentucky, Alabama and Michigan. Winning that battle would be a significant victory for Frost and running backs coach Ryan Held.

To compete at the highest levels of college football, you have to land the “jimmies and the joes.” If the Huskers can manage to go 4/4 in a week’s time, they will be in a great position to really take the 2019 class up a couple of notches before hitting the final stretch leading to the December signing period. 

Recruit Watch

>> The reaction to Bryce Benhart’s commitment Sunday night was very positive as expected, but there were two reactions that stood out to me. First, I don’t think I’ve ever noticed Mo Barry tweet about a recruit that wasn’t from Georgia so Benhart should feel good. 

Secondly, it was really neat to see newly moved center Cam Jurgens give a future pipeline mate some love as well. 

>> The Butkus Foundation announced collegiate and high school semi-finalists for the Butkus Award honoring the nation’s top linebackers. Nebraska had three of its commits on the list. Omaha Burke's Nick Henrich, Scottsbluff's Garrett Nelson and York's Garrett Snodgrass were all named as semifinalists. 

ICYMI

>> I gave my 5 thoughts on the Bryce Benhart commitment. (Premium)

>>D erek Peterson wants to (rightfully) give some love to the offensive line for helping the offense get rolling.

>> Jacob Padilla explored why the grueling schedule has posed practice challenges for Nebraska volleyball.

 
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