Starting this weekend, Nebraska will begin hosting a slew of juniors over the course of the next month or so for unofficial visits. During that time, Nebraska can expect to add at least a couple of commitment in the 2019 recruiting class.
As of right now, the class stands at three members. The trio of commits are all Nebraska natives, adding a local flair to the foundation of the class.
Let’s take a closer look at how the 2019 class is shaping up.
Where Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class ranks
Nebraska has taken a slight hit once again in the rankings this week. After reaching seventh in the conference earlier this month, the Huskers now rank ninth in the Big Ten and No. 34 in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The Huskers would be 10th in the Big Ten if accounting for the average recruit ranking.
Latest in Nebraska recruiting news
- The commitments should start rolling in soon.
- Quarterback target Max Duggan will make his decision next month.
- A pair of 4-star prospects, linebacker Marcus Hicks and running back Rahmir Johnson, headline the upcoming junior day.
- Wide receiver Marlyn Johnson hopes to visit soon.
- Nebraska will keep an eye on these prospects in California.
- Going after transfer quarterback Brandon Dawkins might make perfect sense for Scott Frost.
- John Olmstead, a 4-star offensive lineman, will visit the Huskers next week. Recruiting the offensive line will be an emphasis in the 2019 class.
- Nebraska is in solid position with a pair of lineman in Pensacola, Fla.
- Running back Darrin Smith pushed back his commitment to make sure he visited Nebraska, among other places.
- Nebraska offered Luke McCaffrey — brother of Christian — this week.
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 269
- In-state recruits offered: 5
- California recruits offered: 45
- Texas recruits offered: 40
- Florida recruits offered: 42
- Georgia recruits offered: 32
- 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 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 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 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 will be at Minnesota this weekend again, 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 next month. He’s also set visits to several other Midwest programs, including Nebraska, throughout April.
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: