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Bye week recruiting round-up

Twelve String

Scout Team
5 Year Member
Just thought i'd go over what I think. We will have to see what attrition does for the numbers, but this is what I think for now.

Current Ranking Rivals: 38th overall (9th B1G) (4th in the B1G by average star ranking)
Current Ranking 247: 32nd overall (8th B1G) (4th in the B1G by average star ranking)

Quarterback (1)
Commitments: Logan Smothers
Losses: None

With Logan Smothers committed, and losing no one, we are set here. Don't really need to go into great detail, but again, our QB depth will be outstanding for 2020. Martinez, Vedral, McCaffrey, and true freshman Smothers.

Runningback (2-3)
Commitments: Sevion Morrison and Marvin Scott III
Losses: Mo Washington and
possibly Jaylin Bradley
You could honestly beef this up to 4 commits this year if you wanted. We have lost Mo Washington, Ronald Thompkins just had a set back on his knee, Jaylin Bradley is probably gone after this season, and you have Wandale Robinson taking way more reps in the backfield than you need. Where it gets a bit tricky is someone like Will Nixon can also line up in the backfield for you. Good versatility to have. But the classes are starting to get a little bottom heavy with Dedrick Mills as a senior, losing Washington and most likely Bradley, leaves you with second year guys Johnson and Thompkins, and Robinson, and whoever else you bring in. Don't be shocked to see them take a flyer on a JUCO RB that may not have the offers others have for depth and class balancing. Grad transfers also a possibility.

Wide Receiver (3-5)
Commitments: Zavier Betts and Will Nixon
Losses: Jaron Woodyard, Mike Williams, Kanawai Noa, Andre Hunt, Miles Jones, and
possibly Jaevon McQuitty
That's a lot of guys we are losing, we are begging to have someone step up here, so I wouldn't be shocked to see us go 4-5 WRs here. Look at all those losses, while you may not be enamored with their skill, that's a ton of depth leaving. Zavier Betts if he gets cleared academically could play instantly with his sizer, and Nixon may bounce around like Robinson a bit. JUCO WR Omar Manning who was once thought of to be for sure coming is now going to be a tough pull. With Betts a possible academic risk, they have to go at least 2 more here minimum IMO.

Tightend (0-1)
Commitments:
Losses: Katerian LeGrone

Nebraska still feels great about their TE room. Vokolek becomes eligible next year, so with Stoll, Allen, and him, you look great. If i'm Rafdal, i'm probably looking around, but I don't want to say that's a definite. In an offense struggling to get the ball to the TE, not sure i'd stick around as the 4th string guy. With LeGrone gone, you probably need to take another one just to balance out the classes. We get thin in a hurry as we are very top heavy. But I could also see them bypassing this and going JUCO and high school for the 2021 class. Not much action here.

Offensive Line (2-4)
Commitments: Turner Corcoran and Alex Conn
Losses: Christian Gaylord (medical?)

You possibly will lose zero offensive linemen if Gaylord gets a medical redshirt. However, guys like Will Farniok and John Raridon are guys i'd watch in the portal. They most likely are taking one more guy here, but not sure what we are looking at because if Gaylord returns, again, you may lose zero and we would be done taking people. I still think we try to find one more guy.

Noseguard (1-2)
Commitments: Nash Hutmacher
Losses: Darrion Daniels

With the loss of Daniels, we are in trouble here. We need Damion Daniels to get in better shape, Ty Robinson to really take to the move to NG, or Nash Hutmacher to be ready. I don't like either of those 3 scenarios and quite frankly, Darrion Daniels is as good of a NG as we can expect. We are certainly going to see a dip here. But, we got our #1 target with Nash and stole him from Wisconsin. Tough to be anything but happy with NG. Don't be surprised at a JUCO or another Grad Transfer.

Defensive End (2-4)
Commitments: Marquis Black
Losses: Khalil Davis, Carlos Davis, Daishon Neal, Vaha Vainuku

Along with losing our starting NG, we lose basically our 2 starting DEs. Ben Stille and Deontre Thomas soften that blow, along with Jahkeem Green who will surely be in the mix. And it will be time to see what guys like Tate Wildeman, Casey Rogers, and Mosai Newsom look like to add depth. I originally had this at 2-3 spots but I wouldn't be surprised to see us take a few more. With Piper on offense, Banks move to offense, and Robinson sliding down to NG. We have got to create depth after Stille and Thomas are gone. They need at least 1 more DE if not 2. That said, JUCO always an option. I'm also not sure what Black projects to, he could be either a DE or NG. I could see Nelson sliding down to DE like Stille did, but I pray that they keep Gunnerson at OLB.

Outside Linebacker (2-4)
Commitments: Blaise Gunnerson
Losses: Alex Davis, Tyrin Ferguson, and Pernell Jefferson

I don't like this at all... no one could beat out Alex Davis, so we are going to be reliant on Nelson, Tannor, and Domann all next year. Throw in the rumors of Domann and we are in a world of hurt if he leaves. I will count on them saying he's a captain next year and playing every snap to keep him. We only have Gunnerson committed at the position that scares me the most for our defense, and we need a couple more guys. We gotta go get at least 2 more high school guys or hit JUCO hard. I can't believe more people aren't jumping at the chance to come play for us, but then again, anyone good is being told they can play right now anywhere.

Inside Linebacker (1-2)
Commitments:
Losses: Mo Barry

We had an unreal class last year with Nick Henrich, Jackson Hannah, and Garrett Snodgrass, I would actually say it's a top 5 nationally ILB class. Throw in Luke Reimers as a walk-on kicking tail, and we are good but young. But this current class has fallen on its face with Groce decommitting and another ILB choosing Wisconsin over us. You have to bolster your depth here since your 2 starters for 2020 will be graduating in Honas and Miller.

Defensive Back (3-5)
Commitments: Ronald Delancy, Henry Gray, Tamon Lynum
Losses: Lamar Jackson, Avery Anderson, Eric Lee, Jeremiah Stovall

I put corners and safeties together because every commit we get says "they told me I could play any position" so i'm done trying to decipher it. I feel really good about DB for us. Fisher has proven he can develop and I like the guys he is bringing in. We return Deontai Williams, Marquel Dismuke, Cam Taylor-Britt, Dicaprio Bootle, and Braxton Clark that we can rely on. Guys like Quinton Newsome, Noa Pola-Gates, Myles Farmer, and Javin Wright make this room pretty stacked for next year.
I didn’t know Thompkins was injured again. Does he need surgery?
 

juju

The future starts now.
I didn’t know that Ty Robinson was moving to NT and I’m not sure I like that move. What it says to me is that our staff has little confidence in Damion. With Robinson moving in and Hutmacher arriving it’s possible that Daniels might find himself as #3 if he isn’t “in shape”.
Kind of like Baker Steinkuhler playing d line instead of L tackle maybe? Always thought that was a shame because he could have been a good one on O line. Not a coach of any kind, just thought he started out looking good there before move across the line.
Some warriors just step up and take one for the better of the team and don't really have to think hard about it.....just saying.
 

ShortSideOption

All American
10 Year Member
Kind of like Baker Steinkuhler playing d line instead of L tackle maybe? Always thought that was a shame because he could have been a good one on O line. Not a coach of any kind, just thought he started out looking good there before move across the line.
Some warriors just step up and take one for the better of the team and don't really have to think hard about it.....just saying.
Ya, but you let a five star tell you where he wants to play usually.
 

Fort Husker

Recruit
Kind of like Baker Steinkuhler playing d line instead of L tackle maybe? Always thought that was a shame because he could have been a good one on O line. Not a coach of any kind, just thought he started out looking good there before move across the line.
Some warriors just step up and take one for the better of the team and don't really have to think hard about it.....just saying.
Baker's father was always quoted in the press as saying that Baker should be playing OT. He only played DT because we just didn't have anyone else to go next to Crick. It was a shame. Baker didn't even get a sniff at the pros at DT but had First Round potential as an OT.
 

Captkenny

Junior Varsity
10 Year Member
I guess I'm just lamenting the fact that we seem to have a really hard time recruiting a featured back lately. Tre Bryant was the last one that I can recall, and he only had 1 good knee. Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota – none of them seem to struggle with finding a workhorse. Why do we? I'd be happy with the #1 guy on any of these rosters.

Love(d) the athleticism of MW, but he's just never going to be a between the tackles guy. And as great of an athlete as WR is, he's just not a big enough of a frame to inflict much damage at the LOS. And yes, we probably put both of those in the backfield largely out of necessity.

Just grumpy and surprised that we can't find a DOG (isn't that the technical term?) to put back there.
Perhaps their RB's look pretty good because their offensive line can create holes, something ours has been unable to do. A good offensive line can make the skill players look like Heisman candidates.
 

Captkenny

Junior Varsity
10 Year Member
Well I wasn’t one of them saying that.

When our DC had his last UCF team that had multiple top draft picks playing for him, it was an average

combine that with it will take years to ever get a true NG thumper that’s ready to play, it would be better to switch to 4-3 to improve both our run defense and pass rush next season
It might also help in the learning curve for the players. Most players coming out of high school are probably more familiar with and played in a 4-3 system.
 

BigMacHusker

Travel Squad
10 Year Member
Baker's father was always quoted in the press as saying that Baker should be playing OT. He only played DT because we just didn't have anyone else to go next to Crick. It was a shame. Baker didn't even get a sniff at the pros at DT but had First Round potential as an OT.
This is one of those myths that will never die


“I came here and Bo Pelini asked me what I wanted to play and I said I wanted to start on defense,” Steinkuhler said. “That’s pretty much what happened. I think what helped me is that I played in the Army (high school all-star) game. I was supposed to play on offense but they had someone go out on defense so I moved to defense. It kind of fell into place for me.”
Having his knee blow out a few months before the draft didn't help with the NFL
 

Fort Husker

Recruit
This is one of those myths that will never die




Having his knee blow out a few months before the draft didn't help with the NFL
Thanks for sharing. I wasn't aware of this and totally forgot about his knee. I still would have liked to have seen what he could do at OT, given that he was a Top 10 national player projected at that role, but seems like he may have been in the best spot for him.
 

ShortSideOption

All American
10 Year Member
Baker's father was always quoted in the press as saying that Baker should be playing OT. He only played DT because we just didn't have anyone else to go next to Crick. It was a shame. Baker didn't even get a sniff at the pros at DT but had First Round potential as an OT.
First sentence correct, everything else incorrect. We redshirted the kid first year, we didn't put Baker there out of need.
 
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juju

The future starts now.
Thanks didn't read this when I responded.
Sorry if I kicked up a dead horse. Not the intent. Guess I fell into the trap. I have no inside knowledge. Just thought he would have been great getting pancakes a good ways down the field a la Fonoti or Dom (tail of pipeline). Was interesting that several of HCBC had several guys go on to solid careers in NFL along O line. Miss those days. Every year someone drafted in top 3 rounds as o or d linemen. Often in first. We will get there. Sooner or later.
 
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