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Taking a shot at predicting Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class
Already committed (10):
Could this list change? Common sense dictates the answer to be yes, but for the intents and purposes of our little projection here, I’m not going to predict any de-commitments (if there is someone who does move on from the class, I would imagine it being one of the three running back commits).
QB Luke McCaffrey, 4 stars, Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian
RB Rahmir Johnson, 3 stars, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic
ATH Ronald Thompkins, 3 stars, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
OLB Garrett Nelson, 3 stars, Scottsbluff (Neb.)
OL Desmond Bland, 3 stars, Flossmoor (Ill.), Arizona Western Community College
ATH Garrett Snodgrass, 3 stars, York (Neb.)
ILB Jackson Hannah, 3 stars, Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy
DT Ethan Piper, 3 stars, Norfolk (Neb.)
RB Thomas Grayson, 3 stars, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington
OT Matthew Anderson, 3 stars, Leesville (La.)
Predicted future commitments (13):
I listed these players in order greatest to least in terms of confidence I have in making these predictions. As you’ll see, the offensive line picture and the defensive backs board are slightly muddied at the moment.
Ty Robinson — The Gilbert, Ariz., defensive end (Higley H.S.) has a solid relationship with defensive line coach Mike Dawson and Scott Frost. He visited campus twice in the spring. The question is how long his recruitment lasts. But I’m pretty confident in throwing him in the boat for the class.
Nick Henrich — From the intel I’ve gathered over the last couple of weeks, Nebraska’s standing with the 4-star inside linebacker has significantly improved. The Omaha Burke standout and top-ranked player in Nebraska could give a commitment to the Huskers as soon as next month.
Chris Hickman — Henrich’s Omaha Burke teammate, Hickman has been trending toward Nebraska for some time. With his commitment, the Huskers will secure pledges from the top five recruits in the state — just how Frost drew it up when he took this job. I expect Hickman to move to the defensive side of the ball in college, most likely as an outside linebacker.
Jamie Nance — Nance is already a member of the Nebraska commits’ group chat. That is a pretty telling sign. Nebraska will not take too many receivers in this class, and it seems like it will get one of them from Blanchard, Okla. The 3-star athlete definitely wants to play receiver in college.
Javin Wright — The Nebraska legacy from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton is planning a visit to Nebraska. If the staff determines he’s a take, the 3-star cornerback can be in the fold by the fall.
Tony Fair — I expected Fair would be on the list in the committed section by this time. After expediting his recruitment, he slowed things considerably. Indiana is still a threat, but if he’s convinced Nebraska has a spot for him, I’d expect the Pima Community College defensive tackle to give his commitment to the Huskers. Fair graduated from South Bend (Ind.) Washington.
Tiawan Mullen — The Pompano Beach, Fla., cornerback (Coconut Creek H.S.) already has Nebraska in his top four, and he is making the rounds to his final group of schools. A fall commitment, or whenever he completes his visits, is in the cards for the 3-star cornerback.
Mosai Newsom — Once considered a shoo-in for the class because he checked out Lincoln three times in the span of about a month in the spring, Newsom has cooled slightly. But that doesn’t mean the Huskers will not land him. The 3-star defensive end from Waverly (Iowa) Shell Rock has spent a long time building relationships with the class and the coaches; he should be on board.
Jermaine Johnson — Others are not as bullish as I am regarding Nebraska’s chances with Johnson, who visited in May. If the Huskers can impress again during an official visit in the fall, coupled with their promises for early playing time, their odds with the JUCO outside linebacker will dramatically increase. Johnson attends Independence (Kan.) Community College. He is from Eden Prairie, Minn.
Danielson Ike — The 4-star tackle from Kansas City Rockhurst has plenty of suitors in his recruitment. But Nebraska has hosted him for two visits already. Plus, running backs coach Ryan Held — the best recruiter on staff — is his area recruiter. He’ll be a priority and he could reward the Huskers’ efforts.
Michael Lynn — Nebraska offering was a big deal for the 3-star offensive tackle. The Englewood, Colo., native is from a state the staff is prioritizing. The Cherry Creek H.S. standout could be an option if some of the higher-rated guys the Huskers are looking at on the line fall through.
Cameron Williams — Nebraska will need a safety in the class, and Williams could be the guy. The 3-star athlete from Bakersfield, Calif., projects at the position in college. The first priority will be to host him on campus for an official visit and then capitalize on that momentum.
Quinton Newsome — Another rangy 3-star safety, the Suwanee, Ga., resident already has Nebraska in his top seven. He is looking to make a decision soon, though, and the Huskers might not have had enough time to build a relationship with the North Gwinnett H.S. standout just yet.
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