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.
2019 recruiting seems to be really slow, do you think that is because the staff is behind the curve on this class or is the 2019 class just not as interested in Nebraska?
— Matthew Thoene (@MatthewMonday19) March 27, 2018
Nebraska currently has three commits in the 2019 recruiting class. Garrett Nelson, a 3-star athlete, committed in June 2016. Garrett Snodgrass, a 3-star athlete, committed in November. The final member of the class to date, 3-star defensive tackle Ethan Piper, committed earlier this month. Three commitments is about average with the size of other Big Ten program’s 2019 classes at this time.
Now, if it seems other teams across the country are better-positioned with some recruits, that’s true. Matthew questioned whether recruits weren’t interested in Nebraska this cycle or if the staff was behind schedule in the cycle. The answer is the latter. Because of their transition in December and the institution of the early signing period, Nebraska had to scramble to build a foundation for the 2018 class in a matter of weeks before regrouping for the final month of the cycle to finish it out.
By January, many programs across the country already the bulk of their class signed. This was not Nebraska’s case. So while Nebraska was visiting and evaluating 2018 recruits into February, other teams were doing the same, but for 2019 prospects. Obviously, this is not a fault of the Huskers’ staff. This is just the situation they found themselves in. They were prepared and executed just about as well as you could.
Recruits are most definitely interested in Nebraska right now, don’t get that twisted. Scott Frost and his staff are one of the hottest commodities out there.
The Huskers have offered a mountain of prospects, crunching film as assistant coaches construct their boards. At this point, they’re in solid position compared to the rest of the competition.
Moreover, it’s visiting season for high schools juniors. The commitments will start to roll in during the coming weeks. Don’t be shocked if the Huskers’ 2019 class doubles by the end of April. The Huskers will host prospects three of the four next weekends for sure, with other local recruits possibly touring during the week of their spring breaks.
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