The 2019 recruiting class for Nebraska has a solid foundation built on three in-state commitments. The Huskers will have to capitalize on the talent within the state and also within the 500-mile radius where they take pride for having a foothold.
But for now, the Huskers class is in good shape as unofficial visits and commitments pick up for various programs across the country, including Nebraska.
Let’s take a closer look at how the class currently looks.
Where Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class ranks
Nebraska has taken a step back in the recruiting rankings this week, following a nice jump the previous week thanks to Ethan Piper’s commitment. As of Thursday night, the Huskers ranked seventh in the Big Ten and No. 32 in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The drop can be attributed to Iowa adding a commitment over the weekend.
It’s important to remember that recruiting rankings this early in the game hold little weight. The best time to look is after the early signing period or National Signing Day, or at least when those events are on the horizon.
Latest in Nebraska recruiting news
- Recruiting Florida will be important for Nebraska. Who are the top targets in the Sunshine State?
- Land of 10 broke down Piper’s film to gain a better sense of his strengths and what he needs to improve on.
- Scott Frost is building an important relationship with Iowa Western Community College.
- Why is Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., receiving so many Huskers offers?
- A couple of spring game visitors are now confirmed.
- Nebraska offered 4-star quarterback Grant Tisdale on March 9.
- The Huskers also offered 4-star inside linebacker David Gbenda.
- Nebraska has offered several defensive backs in the last week. Check out who received those offers.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 255
- In-state recruits offered: 5
- California recruits offered: 42
- Texas recruits offered: 42
- Florida recruits offered: 36
- Georgia recruits offered: 31
- Missouri recruits offered: 13
Nebraska recruiting class: 2019 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 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 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 Frost and Nebraska, and Duggan would be a nice fit for the offense. Mike Riley’s staff built a solid foundation with Duggan and it seems like the new staff has followed suit. Duggan is expected to commit during the springtime — with a decision likely in April — so if Nebraska can continue to move quickly with him, it will be the favorite. The signal caller holds offers from top programs around the country, so the Huskers will have their hands full.
Duggan took unofficial visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State last weekend. The Huskers will have to get him on campus sooner rather than later, perhaps for both junior day (March 31) and the spring game. Minnesota has emerged as a dark-horse candidate for Duggan, so that’s another team Nebraska will have to hold off to win the Duggan sweepstakes.
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, Texas A&M and Florida have recently offered him.
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. A tight end can basically function as a receiver, meaning Hickman will have plenty of opportunities to catch the ball. He’s the ninth-ranked tight end in the class.
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: