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Nebraska Recruiting: A Look at the Big Ten's Current 2020 Classes

July 15, 2019
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Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. We’re recapping all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


Big Ten Media Days kick off this Thursday, July 18. All 14 Big Ten programs will be in attendance and the coaches are certain to field all sorts of questions, from the 2019 schedule to recruiting and more.

Speaking of Big Ten recruiting, how are the other 14 programs doing on the recruiting trail for their 2020 classes? Where does Nebraska compare as we get closer and closer to the start of the season?

Using 247Sports’ Big Ten recruiting rankings, let’s look at where everyone stands at this time.

Rank School Current Commits 5-Stars 4-Stars 3-Stars
1 Ohio State 20 2 9 9
2 Michigan 22 0 10 12
3 Penn State 20 0 5 15
4 Iowa 22 0 2 18
5 Minnesota 22 0 1 21
6 Northwestern 15 0 2 12
7 Wisconsin 11 0 3 8
8 Maryland 14 0 0 14
9 Purdue 12 0 2 10
10 Michigan State 12 0 1 11
11 Nebraska 8 0 2 6
12 Indiana 11 0 1 10
13 Rutgers 8 0 0 8
14 Illinois 3 0 1 2

So, Nebraska is 11 out of 14. Should we be worrying? Recruiting analyst Greg Smith addressed that very question in a recruiting notebook last week, and the short answer is no. It’s still early for the Huskers on the recruiting trail.

Compared to the 2019 class, Nebraska only had two more commits at this time last year. You saw what Coach Scott Frost and his staff were capable of over the season before the early signing period. The game day experience is a major selling point for Nebraska and it makes sense to use it. That means the Huskers will likely see a bigger run of commits during the season.

And Frost and his staff are still catching up. Most of the programs ahead of Nebraska have had time to recruit out further than Nebraska’s staff has (with the same staff in place over multiple years), but the Huskers are getting there.

"We're just so much farther ahead this year than we were last year,” Frost said in May. “I'm thrilled with the class we signed in the 2019 class. But we were behind a little bit going into that recruiting cycle because we weren't aware of the kids we would be recruiting until January or really even May of last year. This year, we're already aware of a lot of the kids we want to recruit. We have a lot better head start on recruiting them."

Time will continue to help the Huskers get ahead. But it ultimately isn’t about where a team is ranked now. It’s about where a team is ranked when the latest recruiting class is signed, sealed and delivered.

 

Recruit Watch

>> Nebraska defensive line verbal commit Jahkeem Green‍ made a late visit to Texas Tech in June before the dead period began. He shared photos from that visit on Monday. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith had the details (Premium) back in June, and we’re sure to learn more from Green soon.

>> Let’s swap to basketball recruiting. The Huskers offered 2020 Millard North forward Max Murrell on Monday.

 

ICYMI

>> Watch list season is here. We have the running list, which was kicked off by Adrian Martinez on Monday.

>> A couple of Huskers were involved in a traffic stop on Friday that resulted in cite and releases for both.

>> Which freshman won’t redshirt in 2019? Recruiting analyst Greg Smith takes his bets. (Premium)

>> Two Huskers helped Team USA win gold in the Pan-American Cup. Jacob Padilla has the recap.

 
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