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Favorable Crystal Ball picks for Nick Henrich, Nebraska
The 247Sports Crystal Ball normally is a solid indicator for how things are going to play out in a recruitment, whether it’s for a low-level prospect or the nation’s No. 1 recruit.
Is it foolproof? No. Is it always 100 percent correct? Not by any stretch of the imagination.
But it usually provides us with knowledge about how a prospect and in his inner circle feel about a program and, reciprocally, how a staff feels about its chances of landing said prospect.
Using that premise, the Huskers are trending in the right way for 4-star inside linebacker Nick Henrich. The Omaha Burke standout has been Nebraska’s top priority for some time, especially once Scott Frost and his staff inked their 2018 class in February. At that point, though, Henrich had already started building relationships with other teams.
The Huskers had plenty of ground to make up, but with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud leading the way, it seems they’ve done that. Two key Crystal Ball predictions have landed recently, both favoring the Huskers.
On Saturday, 247Sports and IrishIllustrated.com recruiting analyst Tom Loy flipped his prediction from Notre Dame to Nebraska. That was significant, because the Irish previously held a significant lead on Henrich’s Crystal Ball. Later that day, 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong cast his prediction in favor of the Huskers. He makes his predictions with about 90 percent accuracy.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect is the top-ranked high school player in Nebraska. According to the 247Sports composite, Henrich is the eighth-ranked inside linebacker and the No. 214 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
It’s also worth noting that Nebraska got the last look from Henrich before the recruiting dead period began this week. On the heels of an official visit to Wisconsin, the Huskers hosted him for an unofficial trip last week. The Badgers don’t appear to be much of a threat, and with Henrich looking to give a commitment by the time his senior season rolls around, Nebraska is back to being squarely in the driver’s seat for this elite talent.
Recruiting dead period begins Monday
Don’t expect much recruiting news regarding the Huskers or any college football program until the end of July. The NCAA-mandated dead period began Monday, which prevents coaches from having contact with any recruit until July 24. Communication can pick up again at that point.
The dead period usually allows coaches to not feel pressured to keep recruiting during a time when they may want to escape for a vacation or simply relax with training camp around the corner. I’d imagine some recruits also will appreciate not being hounded on their phones at all hours of the day.
Of course, a prospect could commit to Nebraska in July, which obviously would qualify as news. But outside of that, there will be no visits, camps or anything of that nature.
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