With a bevy of recruits heading to Nebraska over the next couple of weeks, recruiting is in full swing for the 2019 class. Before long, the class will look much different from the three-member group that currently comprises the Huskers’ haul for 2019.
Let’s take a closer look at how the class stands and the efforts to grow it.
Where Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class ranks
Nebraska has taken a slight hit once again in the rankings this week nationally, but held steady in the conference standings. After reaching seventh in the conference earlier last month, the Huskers now rank ninth in the Big Ten and No. 38 in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Latest in Nebraska recruiting news
- Nebraska had a busy month evaluating and offering prospects in March. Here’s what the Huskers need to do on the recruiting trail in April.
- The number of young quarterbacks on the roster adds a wrinkle to how Nebraska will recruit the position.
- Recruits on campus for junior day last Saturday raved about the experience. Find more reaction from the event here.
- Nebraska is one of the top contenders for 4-star outside linebacker Marcus Hicks.
- Rahmir Johnson, a 4-star running back, loved what he saw in Lincoln during junior day.
- Nebraska commit Ethan Piper said junior day pumped him up for the future.
- Florida will remain an important pipeline for Nebraska. What about Louisiana? Not so much.
- Chris Hickman visited Nebraska on Thursday.
- Two Cardinal Ritter Prep (St. Louis) receivers — 4-star recruits Cameron Coleman and Jameson Williams — remain interested in the Huskers.
- Who are Nebraska’s top targets in Georgia?
- Running back Thomas Grayson will attend junior day on Saturday. He has a good idea of what he hopes to see.
- John Olmstead will take his unofficial visit with Nebraska on Friday. The 4-star offensive lineman has aspirations of playing at the highest level, hence his interest in the Big Ten and Nebraska.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 277
- In-state recruits offered: 5
- California recruits offered: 45
- Texas recruits offered: 44
- Florida recruits offered:40
- Georgia recruits offered:33
- Missouri recruits offered: 13
Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class: Commits
OLB Garrett Nelson, 3 stars, Scottsbluff (Neb.)
ATH Garrett Snodgrass, 3 stars, York (Neb.)
DT Ethan Piper, 3 stars, Norfolk (Neb.)
Top uncommitted targets in Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class
OLB Owen Pappoe, 5 stars, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Owen Pappoe has preliminary plans to take an official visit to Nebraska during the fall for a game. There’s also a chance he swings by campus for a visit this spring. Linebackers coach Barrett Ruud and area recruiter Sean Beckton, also the Huskers tight ends coach, will go after Pappoe. However, it will be difficult to pry him from Georgia, with Clemson also a contender. Some of his social media posts have suggested he is still strongly considering Nebraska. Auburn has also entered Pappoe’s top group recently. It will be interesting to see if Pappoe can convince any of his Grayson teammates to also visit Nebraska. However, his visit is now in question since he announced he will commit on May 5.
QB Max Duggan, 4 stars, Council Bluffs (Iowa) Lewis Central
There are several regional recruits Nebraska should capitalize on and Max Duggan sits atop that list. Quarterback will be a priority again for coach Scott Frost and Nebraska, and Duggan would be a nice fit for the offense. Mike Riley’s staff built a solid foundation with Duggan and the new staff has followed suit. Duggan expects to announce his commitment within the next month. Duggan holds offers from top programs around the country, so the Huskers will have to finish strong here.
Duggan took unofficial visits to Notre Dame, TCU and Ohio State earlier this month. The Huskers will have to get him on campus sooner rather than later. He visited Minnesota again last weekend, and the Gophers have emerged as a serious candidate for him.
LB Nick Henrich, 4 stars, Omaha (Neb.) Burke
With two of the top 4 in-state prospects on board, the state’s No. 2 prospect will also be key to add to the class. Nick Henrich is the No. 9 inside linebacker in the class. Notre Dame is taking a leap in his recruitment, as he’s scheduled an unofficial visit with the Irish soon. He also has set visits to several other Midwest programs, including Nebraska, throughout April, according to his coach.
TE Chris Hickman, 4 stars, Omaha (Neb.) Burke
Henrich’s teammate and the state’s top player in the 247Sports composite, Chris Hickman also plays a key position in Frost’s offense. Despite being the 10th-ranked tight end in the class, Hickman would be open to moving to the defensive side of the ball if it were a better fit. That might be the case with the Huskers, since a tight end functions as an extra receiver. Hickman visited Nebraska last Thursday.
Nebraska commits position breakdown
Here is a breakdown of the number of Nebraska’s 2019 class commits at each position:
OLB: 1 (Nelson)
ATH: 1 (Snodgrass)
DT: 1 (Piper)
Geographical breakdown of Nebraska football commits
Here is a breakdown of Nebraska’s 2019 class commits by state: