Nebraska recruiting in Texas
Nebraska recruiting in Texas was largely successful in the 2018 class. Scott Frost and his staff, in putting together their first class with the Huskers, pulled a pair of 4-star recruits from the state: safety Cam’ron Jones and running back Maurice Washington.
The old stereotype is Texas is home to the best high school football and, therefore, the best college prospects.
Now, recruits from California, Florida and Georgia may have something to say about that, and with good reason. But we’re not here to debate where the best high school football in the country is played.
Rather, here’s a look at some of the top targets on the Huskers’ board in the 2019 recruiting class from Texas.
Hometown (School): Missouri City (Ridge Point)
Position: Defensive end
Rating: 4 stars, No. 13 weakside defensive end, No. 252 overall
Nebraska offered Nelson Ceaser a little more than two weeks ago. The Huskers will need to recruit the defensive line heavily in 2019, but at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Ceaser may be better suited for the outside linebacker spot. LSU, which hosted him for an unofficial visit at the beginning of the month, is emerging as the favorite in his recruitment.
Hometown (School): Katy (Cinco Ranch)
Position: Inside linebacker
Rating: 4 stars, No. 13 ILB, No. 336 overall
Offensive line coach Greg Austin is in charge of recruiting the Houston area, so he was the one to offer David Gbenda, who told Land of 10 he was excited about the offer. As is the case with many Texas prospects, it will prove difficult to pull Gbenda beyond the state’s borders. Texas is the likely leader for him right now, but Gbenda did not rule out a future visit with the Huskers.
Position: Running back
Rating: 4 stars, No. 24 RB, No. 351 overall
The talented back began reciprocating interest in Nebraska this week. Baylor holds a stronghold on his recruitment at the moment. However, Darwin Barlow’s recruitment has yet to reach the upper levels of Power-5 programs, giving the Huskers an opportunity to build a relationship before too many big-time programs become involved. They will, however, have to navigate around the 17 offers Barlow already holds.
Position: Tight end
Rating: 3 stars, No. 16 TE, No. 456 overall
Jalen Wydermyer has been linked to Texas A&M in the early part of the process. But Wydermyer told Land of 10 that Nebraska sits high on the list of schools he’s considering. The 6-5 prospect likely fits in as a hybrid tight end-wide receiver, but said the coaches liked his film because he could get in a stance and contribute in the blocking game.
Hometown/Program: Houston (St. Pius X)
Rating: 3 stars, No. 32 guard, No. 879 overall
Of all the Texas prospects on this list, Nebraska might have the best chance with McKade Mettauer. The 6-5, 275-pound prospect doesn’t have as long of an offer list as some other recruits on this list. The Huskers will have time to build a relationship with Mettauer, who could visit within the next month. After that, a commitment may not be that far off.
Rating: 3 stars, No. 64 RB, No. 910 overall
Garrison Johnson has been interested in Nebraska for some time, going back to the previous staff’s tenure. The interest has only intensified after the coaching change. He’s already visited with the Huskers, so he knows what the campus and city are about. Plus, the Huskers will be seeking running backs in the class.
Hometown (School): Cedar Hill (Trinity Christian)
Rating: 4 stars, No. 3 S, No. 36 overall
Lewis Cine was one of the few 2019 class recruits to receive an offer while the staff was rounding out the 2018 class. That’s when he was a prospect in Massachusetts, but he’s since transferred to one of the top programs in Texas for his senior season. Penn State is the likely destination for him, with Ohio State, Michigan and Virginia Tech also contenders. Cine’s new school, Trinity Christian, is where Washington spent his senior season, and Nebraska’s coaches constructed a strong relationship with the staff there, along with the intent to return for future classes. Will that lead to the Huskers finding another talented safety from Texas?