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Nebraska Recruiting: Taking a Peek at the Class of 2021

September 2, 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.


Florida defensive end RJ Sorensen kicked off the class of 2021 for Nebraska on Sunday when he announced his commitment to the Huskers. The junior in high school stands at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds with room to continue adding to his frame. Sorensen was locked in on Nebraska after visiting for the Big Red BBQ in June. 

What better time than now to take an early look at some of Nebraska’s top targets for that cycle. 

One thing I’ve noticed running through this list of 2021 targets is that Nebraska is ahead of the game with many of them. Almost every player listed has visited Nebraska at least once. Those who have not visited yet have told Hail Varsity that they plan to do so this season. 

  • QB 4-star Dematrius Davis Texas
  • LB 3-star Seth Malcom Iowa
  • LB 4-star TJ Bollers Iowa
  • OT 3-star Teddy Prochazka Nebraska 
  • CB 4-star Avante Dickerson Nebraska
  • TE AJ Rollins Nebraska
  • OT 4-star Trey Zuhn Colorado
  • OT 4-star Riley Mahlman Minnesota
  • LB 4-star Justice Sullivan Minnesota
  • LB Christopher Paul Jr. Georgia
  • LB 4-star Randolph Kpai South Dakota 
  • LB 3-star Collin Oliver Oklahoma
  • DE 4-star Ethan Downs Oklahoma

This is not a full list of top of board 2021 targets. It does highlight the amount of work that the Huskers’ staff has done with the 2021 group though. Sunday, Sept. 1 was the first day that coaches could initiate contact with prospects in the 2021 class. Georgia linebacker Christopher Paul Jr. told me his plans for visiting Nebraska.

Paul said that he plans to come to a game in Lincoln this season but is working with his parents to find the right date. The Huskers have his attention. 

“Yes. Most definitely,” Paul Jr. said when asked if he had interest in Nebraska. “Coach Frost [is] one of my favorite coaches and a former player. We haven’t met yet, but he was one of the first to hit me up at 12:01 after the dead period. That’s huge to me.”

Throughout this season, I expect to see at least one top 2021 target at each game. This strategy has worked well for Nebraska under this staff. Current commits Nash Hutmacher, Blaise Gunnerson, Zavier Betts and Turner Corcoran visited Lincoln for games during their junior seasons. The more exposure recruits get to this staff, the better things seem to go on the trail.

Nebraska now needs to put together the type of season everyone hopes for. That's the next step for nailing down the class of 2021 even more.

Recruit Watch

>> Huskers defensive line commit Nash Hutmacher was working on Labor Day. 

>> Nebraska linebacker target Choe Bryant-Strother likes the look of the edit that was put together for him. 

>> Wyatt Wegener, brother of Nebraska walk-on center Josh, put up some eye-popping numbers this weekend. 

ICYMI

>> Don’t fret over the offense, Adrian Martinez was just off writes Derek Peterson. 

>> There has been a lot of talks about snaps since Saturday. Brandon Vogel looked at how those snaps affected Nebraska’s offense.

>> I dove into why Wan’Dale Robinson’s debut was well worth the wait. 

>> Husker volleyball is set to head west for week two.

>> Check out the quick hits from Scott Frost’s Monday press conference to start Colorado week. 

 
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