Nebraska recruiting took a step forward in the 2019 class this week with the commitment of 3-star defensive tackle Ethan Piper.
Piper, an in-state product from Norfolk, became the Huskers’ third member of the class Monday. All three commits are from Nebraska, serving as a solid building block for Scott Frost and his staff as 2019 recruiting begins in earnest.
Let’s take a closer look at Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class and how it may grow in the coming weeks and months.
Where Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class ranks
Piper’s commitment boosted the Huskers’ current standing. As of Thursday night, the Huskers ranked sixth in the Big Ten and No. 31 in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
As we’ve written before, though, it’s somewhat frivolous to pay too much attention to recruiting rankings so early in the cycle, especially since the number of commitments greatly impacts the standings.
Latest in Nebraska recruiting news
- How big will Nebraska’s next class be? We broke it down in our latest recruiting mailbag
- Garrett Wilson, a 4-star wide receiver, has the Huskers in his top 8 schools
- Stephon Wright, a 4-star defensive end, is high on Nebraska
- Piper realized his dream by committing to Nebraska. Why his commitment is so important for the Huskers off the field and how the coaching staff reacted to the big news
- Nebraska has been mighty busy offering Georgia prospects
- A 6-foot-4 athlete in Arizona is intrigued by his Nebraska offer
- Jalen Wydermyer, a 3-star tight end, discusses his Nebraska interest
- The Huskers made offers from Texas to the Northeast last week
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 235
- In-state recruits offered: 5
- California recruits offered: 41
- Texas recruits offered: 38
- Florida recruits offered: 34
- Georgia recruits offered: 28
- Missouri recruits offered: 12
Nebraska recruiting class: 2019 commits
OLB Garrett Nelson, 3 stars, Scottsbluff (Neb.)
ATH Garrett Snodgrass, 3 stars, York (Neb.)
DT Ethan Piper, 3 stars, Norfolk (Neb.)
Top uncommitted targets in 2019 recruiting class
OLB Owen Pappoe, 5 stars, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Owen Pappoe has preliminary plans to take an official visit to Nebraska during the fall for a game. There’s also a chance he swings by campus for a visit sometime this spring. Linebackers coach Barrett Ruud and area recruiter Sean Beckton, also the Huskers tight ends coach, will go after Pappoe. However, it will be difficult to pry him away from Georgia, with Clemson also a contender. Some of his social media posts have suggested he is strongly considering Nebraska. Auburn has also entered Pappoe’s top group recently.
QB Max Duggan, 4 stars, Council Bluffs (Iowa) Lewis Central
There are several regional recruits Nebraska should capitalize on and Max Duggan sits atop that list. Quarterback will be a priority again for Frost and Nebraska, and Duggan would be a nice fit for the offense. Mike Riley’s staff built a solid foundation with Duggan and it seems like the new staff has followed suit. Duggan is expected to commit during the springtime — with a decision likely coming in April — so if Nebraska can continue to move quickly with him, it will be the favorite. The signal caller holds offers from top programs around the country, so the Huskers will have their hands full.
Next up for Duggan is a couple of unofficial visits this weekend, first to Notre Dame and then to Ohio State. The Huskers will have to get him on campus sooner rather than later, perhaps for both junior day (March 31) and the spring game.
LB Nick Henrich, 4 stars, Omaha (Neb.) Burke
With two of the top 4 in-state prospects on board, the state’s No. 2 prospect will also be key to add to the class. Nick Henrich is the No. 9 inside linebacker in the class. Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Florida have recently offered him.
TE Chris Hickman, 4 stars, Omaha (Neb.) Burke
Henrich’s teammate and the state’s top player in the 247Sports composite, Chris Hickman also plays a key position in Frost’s offense. A tight end can basically function as a receiver, meaning Hickman will have plenty of opportunities to catch the ball. He’s the ninth-ranked tight end in the class.
Nebraska commits position breakdown
Here is a breakdown of the number of Nebraska’s 2019 class commits at each position:
OLB: 1 (Nelson)
ATH: 1 (Snodgrass)
DT: 1 (Piper)
Geographical breakdown of Nebraska football commits
Here is a breakdown of Nebraska’s 2019 class commits by state: