Nebraska finished the 2018 recruiting class on a strong note thanks to the efforts of Scott Frost and his staff, but expect the Cornhuskers to take the next step with a successful 2019 class. Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca will answer a Nebraska recruiting question of the day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Ask him a question on Twitter (@BOOMbaca or @Landof10Huskers) or on Facebook. Find our previous questions and answers here.
[Has Nebraska] offered, or received any serious interest from, any 5 star recruits for 2019? — Mark Allensworth, via Facebook
Five of the top 10 prospects in the 247Sports composite — defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (No. 1), tackle Darnell Wright (No. 3), running back Trey Sanders (No. 7), outside linebacker Owen Pappoe (No. 8) and tackle Devontae Dobbs (No. 10) — have Nebraska offers. There are 23 more prospects with 5-star designations and Nebraska has offered 13 of them.
Of that coveted group, Nebraska came the closest with Pappoe, who was high on the Huskers for quite some time before the Georgia native began focusing on the Southeast. He committed to Auburn earlier this month.
There is a Nebraska connection to a 5-star prospect in the 2019 class, if you’re into that sort of thing. None of the other aforementioned names have reported serious interest in the Huskers.
Daxton Hill is the 14th-ranked prospect in the 2019 class and the No. 1 safety. Standing slightly taller than 6-foot and weighing 185 pounds, Hill has a nose for the football, which resulted in 5 interceptions during the 2017 season. He attends Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., where he is a teammate of Nebraska running back commit Thomas Grayson. However, the Huskers did not make Hill’s list of top six schools, which he released about three weeks ago.
Safety Brian Williams (No. 22) and tackle Wanya Morris (No. 23) both had Nebraska interest before giving their commitments to Texas A&M and Tennessee, respectively. Receivers Theo Wease Jr. (Oklahoma) and Garrett Wilson (Ohio State) also showed some interest in the Huskers.
Nebraska could make a push for nose tackle Faatui Tuitele, but convincing the Hawaii native to play his college football in Middle America might be too difficult a task. The Huskers made an initial effort to pursue linebacker Nakobe Dean, who named Nebraska to his top 15. I checked in with him and he said he hasn’t heard from the staff much recently.
Nebraska has not signed a 5-star prospect since running back Marlon Lucky in the 2005 class. All indications are that will streak will continue.
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