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Nebraska Recruiting: 2020 Could Be Powered by Regional Talent

January 30, 2019
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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.


We saw a lot of tweets on Wednesday from prospects sharing that they will be attending Nebraska’s Junior Day event on Saturday, Feb. 2. This is going to be a huge event for Nebraska as many prospects from 2020 will be in Lincoln, along with some 2021 and even 2022 prospects. For most, this event will be the first big introduction into the class of 2020. However, Nebraska has been working on the class of 2020 very hard since last year. 

When the Husker staff first took the job, they had to focus on putting together a class to finish the 2018 class while contacting kids in the 2019 class. Once they were able to put the 2018 class behind them, the staff also had to play catch up with the class of 2020. Over the next year, it will be said that this class is loaded, especially in the much talked about 500-mile radius. 

Let’s take a look at some already known 2020 targets who live within 500 miles of Nebraska’s campus:

Running back

  • 4-star Mookie Cooper (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • 3-star Reggie Love (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • 3-star Sevion Morrison (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • 3-star Dominic Richardson (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Wide receiver

  • 4-star Zavier Betts (Omaha, Nebraska)
  • 4-star James Frenchie (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • 4-star Javian Hester (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
  • 4-star Jordan Johnson (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • 3-star Xavier Watts (Omaha, Nebraska)

Offensive line

  • 4-star Turner Corcoran (Lawrence, Kansas)
  • 4-star Reece Atteberry (Aurora, Colorado) 
  • 4-star Andrew Gentry (Littleton, Colorado)
  • 3-star Carson Lee (Greenwood Village, Colorado)
  • 3-star Jalen St John (St Louis, Missouri)
  • 3-star Roger Rosengarten (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) 
  • Hayden Pauls (Emporia, Kansas)
  • Brady Feeney (St. Louis, Missouri)

Defensive line

  • 4-star Nash Hutmacher (Chamberlain, South Dakota)
  • 4-star Aidan Keanaaina (Denver, Colorado)
  • 4-star Kevon Billingsley (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Blaise Gunnerson (Carroll, Iowa)

Defensive back

  • 4-star Myles Slusher (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma)
  • Antonio Johnson (East St Louis, Illinois)

That’s a strong group of players, particularly on the lines of scrimmage. Some of these players will be attending Junior Day. If they aren’t, some have already said they plan to come to Lincoln at another point during the spring. As player ratings shift and more of the guys are re-rated, you’ll see a lot of them get bumps. Rosengarten, for example, is a now former teammate of Husker early enrolle Luke McCaffrey. He’s rated as a 3-star but has 16 scholarship offers including Notre Dame, USC, Oregon, UCLA and Nebraska. 

Putting together the class of 2020 could very well start in the region and be built out from there. It could be a big year on the trail for the Huskers.

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska offensive line signee Matthew Anderson is ready to do some recruiting for his school. 

>> On Tuesday, running backs coach Ryan Held stopped through Fort Scott Community College. 

>> Ben Kreul, a 2020 linebacker from Wisconsin with an offer from Nebraska, committed to Purdue. 

ICYMI

>> Nebraska basketball dropped its fourth straight game as the offensive woes continued. 

>> Here are three things to know ahead of Nebraska women’s basketball taking on Purdue.

>> The confirmed list of Junior Day visitors continues to be updated with new names. (Premium)

 
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