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Another Tuesday, another mailbag. Lots going on in the Nebraska recruiting world. Let’s see if you all brought the heat this week.
You've probably answered this previously, but is the number in this class going to be as high as 25? At least 22?
— David (@thawildbunch) December 11, 2017
Well David, you’re in luck today, because I have not yet answered this (very good) question previously.
To answer the first part of your question, this recruiting class for Nebraska will almost certainly not reach 25 members, which is the maximum allowed in any given recruiting class, so long as the total number of scholarship players on a given team does not exceed 85. For that reason, along with the fact it would be difficult to bring in exactly 25 recruits that the coaching staff was high on, there’s almost no chance the class has 25 signees.
The second part of your question is more feasible. Originally, the former staff under Mike Riley estimated the class would be around 18. But given their departure, it would be prudent to account for a couple of transfers. I’d say 22 is a solid bet as the high end of what the eventual total would be. Expect 20-22 commitments in this class.
With 10 commitments already, that leaves about 10-12 spots open for the staff to fill.
Joshua Moore de-committed from Nebraska on Sunday, the first de-commitment of the Scott Frost era. The Huskers have plenty of work to do at the wide receiver position. Landing a commitment from 3-star JUCO wide receiver Jaron Woodyard later Sunday somewhat assuaged the sting of losing Moore, but the staff hopes to add a few more prospects at the position that will fit their explosive offensive scheme.
Tommy Bush, a 4-star wide receiver from Schertz, Tex., is about as solid of a prospect as they come. He holds an offer from nearly every major program in the country. Who wouldn’t want a 6-foot-5 receiver that also runs a 4.5 second 40-yard dash?
The old staff, under receivers coach Keith Williams, made Bush a priority target. He took an official visit to Nebraska the weekend of Oct. 7 and left Lincoln impressed. The new staff is riding those coattails. Offensive line coach Greg Austin conducted an in-home visit with Bush last week. Last Sunday, offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Troy Walters stopped by the Bush residence.
There are plenty of teams, such as Baylor, Texas, Ole Miss and Notre Dame, in the running for Bush. Nebraska is right there with them. He won’t sign until National Signing Day on Feb. 7, so the new staff will have time to make their impressions on him.
Do you think anymore Nebraska kids will get offered
— Melissa (@huskernation515) December 12, 2017
Erin was nice enough to share this question from her call for notebook questions with me.
By offering 3-star defensive tackle Bryson Williams (and Williams is officially on flip watch from his Wisconsin commitment, by the way), the Huskers have now offered the three top prospects in the state and it will likely stop there. Zach Schlager and Bryce Stai, The Nos. 4 and recruits in the state, respectively, are committed elsewhere; Schlager is pledged to Colorado State and Stai heading to Ohio.
I don’t think any more Nebraska prospects will receive scholarship offers. However, I do think the opportunity to walk-on will be there for multiple in-state kids. The Huskers are hosting a walk-on information session Wednesday night, and Frost is intent on reviving the walk-on program to the level it performed at when he was a player. The walk-on program will be primarily comprised of in-state players, I believe.
What are you hearing about Bookie? Is he still considering us or are we on the outside looking in?
— Thomas Ingram (@tpingram) December 11, 2017
I touched on this at length last week, but I will mention Brendan Radley-Hiles’ recruitment briefly again. Scott Frost reached out to him last week, and running backs coach Ryan Held visited with him. They wanted him to know his offer stood and they would love to have him in the class.
That being said, I do not think Radley-Hiles will be a member of this recruiting class. My guess is he will either wind up at UCLA or Oklahoma. So to your answer your question Thomas, I think the Huskers are most definitely on the outside looking in.
Also, guys, let’s stop posting photo-shopped pictures of barns with a big “Bookie” sign on them.
Which recent decommits are mostly able to be folded back into the class?
— L. E. D. (@lredeugene) December 11, 2017
Curious….do you think Frost will try to get Goodrich back?
— Skulls/Crossbones (@blackshirtstch) December 12, 2017
Going to group these two questions together so I can essentially answer them at the same time for the sake of brevity.
Honestly? I don’t think any of the de-commits will rejoin the class. The foremost reason is the de-commits (Bookie, Moore, Chase Williams and Mario Goodrich) occurred when the writing was on the wall for the former staff or after Frost and Co. took over. Prospects want to play for certain coaches. With the coaches they trusted to rear them as college football players gone, it eliminates a primary impetus why a player chose the Huskers in the first place.
I don’t think the de-commitments are done yet, either. I would expect at least one more, most likely 4-star wide receiver Cameron Brown, to happen sooner rather than later.