Nebraska finished the 2018 recruiting class on a strong note thanks to the efforts of Scott Frost and his staff, but expect the Corhuskers to take the next step with a successful 2019 class. Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca will answer a 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.
Question: Updates on the JUCO prospects specifically we’re going after this year — Andrew Post
Nebraska signed five junior college prospects in its 2018 recruiting class. Coach Scott Frost and the program will not be afraid to go after any prospect, even if he comes from the JUCO ranks, as long as the recruit is the right fit.
Running backs coach Ryan Held is a former JUCO head coach and knows how to recruit the system, which is why he is in charge of the Huskers’ JUCO recruiting efforts. In the 2018 class, he achieved the goal of bringing in prospects that can contribute immediately. Inside linebacker Will Honas, running back Greg Bell, safety Deontai Williams and wide receiver Mike Williams have all earned praise for their spring ball performances thus far.
In 2019, there have not been too many offers to junior college prospects just yet. Among the most noteworthy include an offer to inside linebacker Lakia Henry, who 247Sports rates as the No. 2 overall JUCO recruit. He has plans to visit Nebraska, but Alabama is the early favorite. Henry attends Garden City Community College in Kansas — the same school as Honas.
This cycle, mostly, the concentration at the JUCO level has been on the lines.
Henry’s teammate, tackle Bamidele Olaseni, is a 6-foot-8, 360-pound prospect who could provide an option at tackle the minute he stepped on campus based on size alone.
Another Kansas junior college recruit (Independence Community College), Jermaine Johnson, recently popped up on the Huskers’ radar. The 6-4, 245-pound defensive end could beef up a defensive line that will look to add two or three recruits in this cycle.
Anthony Whigan is a tackle at Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pa., and holds a Nebraska offer. He is 6-5 and 290 pounds. Maryland is the frontrunner for him.
Corey Luciano, a tackle, committed to Washington last month. He also held a Nebraska offer.
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