Coach Scott Frost and his staff are looking to close the Nebraska football team’s 2018 recruiting class in a big way.
With 19 commitments already, the Huskers are looking to add approximately five more prospects to the class. At one point, this class seemed destined to have only 18 or so members. But with the coaching change and attrition that comes along with it, in addition to draft declarations, Nebraska will have close to a full recruiting class when it’s all said and done.
As it stands now, four of the commits are 4-star prospects, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The remainder are 3-star pledges. Expect the Huskers class to grow in the coming days, as the run-up to National Signing Day on Feb. 7 makes it an exciting time of year.
For now, though, let’s take a closer look at how the current class looks.
Where Nebraska’s recruiting class ranks
Nebraska’s recruiting class ranked 75th in the country and last in the Big Ten at one point. Now, Nebraska may even crack the top 20 in the final rankings. As of Thursday, the Huskers have the No. 26 class in the nation and No. 5 in the conference, sitting atop the Big Ten West.
Latest in Nebraska recruiting news
- Land of 10 asked the coaches Adrian Martinez faced in high school what makes him so difficult to game-plan against.
- Why recruiting the Atlanta, Ga., area can be pivotal for Frost and the staff.
- How Nebraska put itself in the driver’s seat for Cam’ron Jones.
- Targets to keep an eye on down the stretch (also at the bottom of this article).
- Cam Taylor talked about his relationship with the staff and previewed his official visit, which is this weekend.
- Updates on the recruitment of Maurice Washington and Javontae Jean-Baptiste.
- Is Nebraska still looking for another wide receiver in the class?
- Breaking down Braxton Clark’s commitment to the Huskers.
Offers by the numbers:
- Reported offers: 273
- In-state recruits offered: 3
- California recruits offered: 45
- Texas recruits offered: 42
- Florida recruits offered: 51
- Georgia recruits offered: 20
- Missouri recruits offered: 11
Nebraska recruiting class: 2018 signees/commits
QB Adrian Martinez, 4 stars, Clovis West (Fresno, Calif.)
TE Cameron Jurgens, 4 stars, Beatrice (Neb.)
S C.J. Smith, 4 stars, Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.) *
DE Tate Wildeman, 4 stars, Legend (Parker, Colo.)
LB Will Honas, 3 stars, Butler Community College (El Dorado, Kan.)
DE David Alston, 3 stars, Woodbury (St. Paul, Minn.)
WR Dominick Watt, 3 stars, Hollywood (Miramar, Fla.)
RB/WR Miles Jones, 3 stars, American Heritage (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) *
RB Greg Bell, 3 stars, Arizona Western CC (Chula Vista, Calif.)
CB Braxton Clark, 3 stars, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) *
WR Jaron Woodyard, 3 stars, Arizona Western CC (Bethesda, Md.)
S Deontai Williams, 3 stars, Jones County JC (Jacksonville, Fla.)
DT Masry Mapieu, 3 stars, York (Neb.) *
C Will Farniok, 3 stars, Washington (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
WR Justin McGriff, 3 stars, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.)
TE Katerian Legrone, 3 stars, Best Academy (Atlanta)
WR Mike Williams, (not rated), East Mississippi CC (Lake City, Fla.)
DE Casey Rogers, 3 stars, Avon Old Farms Prep School (Cortland, N.Y.) *
K Barret Pickering, 3 stars, Hoover (Ala.)
* Intends to sign letter of intent in February. All other players listed have signed with Nebraska.
Top uncommitted targets
RB Maurice Washington, 3 stars, Cedar Hill, Texas
Nebraska is back in on Washington, who had a strong official visit to Arizona State last weekend. Now, he is expected to be on campus for his official visit with Nebraska this weekend — a visit that was supposed to be at Ohio State. This bodes well for Nebraska, as he is its highest-rated running back on the board right now with room for one more in the class.
S Cam’ron Jones, 4 stars, Mansfield, Texas
Nebraska has made shoring up the back end of the defense a priority. The Huskers staff has made Cam’ron Jones a priority recruit and he’s reciprocated, taking an official visit the weekend before the early signing period. He was back on campus the weekend of Jan. 12 for an unofficial visit. Jones recently named the Huskers in his top 5, although that was really a given, and set his commitment date for Jan. 27.
CB Taiyon Palmer, 4 stars, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Taiyon Palmer was a Duke pledge until de-committing on Nov. 30. The No. 28 cornerback in the class, Palmer would fill a need in the secondary for the Huskers. Nebraska’s offer intrigued him, and reports indicated he had a solid experience during his official visit two weekends ago. N.C. State hosted him last weekend and that visit apparently went well, too. A number of late offers from programs such as Notre Dame, Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas have made things interesting. He was scheduled to take an official visit with Clemson this weekend, but reports have indicated that is no longer happening. Between now and National Signing Day, Huskers fans should certainly monitor Palmer. He is an automatic take for Nebraska.
OLB Javontae Jean-Baptiste, 4 stars, Oradell, N.J.
Javontae Jean-Baptiste was another official visitor the weekend of Jan. 12. After a visit with Ohio State last weekend, the Nebraska staff checked in with him at school and at home Thursday. The Huskers have momentum here and are pulling out all the stops to close on the pass rusher they would certainly love to have in the class.
OLB Caleb Tannor, 4 stars, Lithonia, Ga.
Caleb Tannor took his first official visit to Nebraska, which was two weekends ago. A couple of SEC schools, such as Florida — which hosted him for an official last weekend — are still in the mix for Tannor. Nebraska would love to add another pass rusher in the class and Tannor would fill that need. Of course, things become tricky if he and Jean-Baptiste want in, but Nebraska probably takes both no matter what. Auburn hosts him this weekend and Florida State the next.
Nebraska signees/commits position breakdown
Here is a breakdown of the number of signees/commits at each position:
QB: 1 (Martinez)
RB: 2 (Bell, Jones)
WR: 4 (McGriff, Watt, Williams, Woodyard)
OL: 1 (Farniok)
TE: 2 (Jurgens, Legrone)
DE: 2 (Wildeman, Rogers)
LB: 2 (Honas, Alston)
DT: 1 (Mapieu)
CB: 1 (Clark
S: 2 (Smith, Williams)
K: 1 (Pickering)
Geographical breakdown of Nebraska football signees/commits
Here is a breakdown of Nebraska’s 2018 signees/commits by state:
South Dakota: 1
New York: 1