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Nebraska offers Ohio running back
Nebraska is primed to bring in one or two running backs in its 2019 class, so expect it to be one of the more heavily recruited positions in the cycle.
Let’s go in-depth with the latest offers at the position.
John Bivens, 3 stars, Dayton (Ohio) Archbishop Alter
Bivens’ recruitment has slowed down since 2018 began. His Huskers offer Wednesday was the first he’s received since Dec. 14 and his 10th overall. He holds offers from USC, Cincinnati and Indiana, but in-state program Ohio State has yet to offer. You’d have to think if the Buckeyes come calling, it would be a difficult offer for Bivens to refuse.
But that’s a moot point because Ohio State has not extended an offer. Bivens is the No. 28 running back in the class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and the No. 387 overall prospect. At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, Bivens has good size. He compares favorably to Nebraska’s running backs from the 2018 class — Maurice Washington and Greg Bell.
The window is open for Bivens. If he’s a priority, Scott Frost and his staff will look to move quickly, although Bivens may want to wait for more offers to arrive.
Wandale Robinson, 3 stars, Frankfurt (Ky.) Western Hills
Robinson, the No. 8 all-purpose back in the class, is the type of back who could thrive in the Huskers offense. He’s 5-8 and can be used in space. Robinson also would be active in the passing game in this offense.
Duke and Kentucky are considered the favorites for Robinson. He has 16 offers. Big Ten programs Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota and now Nebraska are on that list. He also took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin last season and recently attended junior day at Kentucky. Louisville hosted him for an unofficial visit in December.
Robinson recorded 33 rushing touchdowns and contributed 6 receiving touchdowns last season, racking up more than 2,300 rushing yards.
Jouvensly Bazile, not rated, Naples (Fla.) Golden Gate
North Carolina and Southern Mississippi are the only other programs to offer Bazile thus far, with Nebraska coming in with an offer Thursday. He’s not yet rated in the 247Sports composite, but he is a 3-star prospect in that site’s own system. Bazile is 5-10, so he is more comparable to Robinson than Bivens in this recent crop of offers.
Bazile has serious speed — one of his highlight reels is aptly named The Speedster — and is a standout track athlete. The Huskers, by being one of Bazile’s first offers, have the chance to carve out a stake in his recruitment. Perhaps Bazile can be a diamond in the rough for Nebraska.
A pair of 2020 offers
Nebraska is getting in early on a 2020 quarterback prospect and also has offered a defensive back from the East Coast in that class.
The Huskers were the first to offer quarterback Jacarrion Green, a dual-threat quarterback from Marshall, Texas. Green is 6-2 and lanky, but quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco must see potential in the sophomore to extend an offer this early in the process. It’s the first Division I offer for Green, who tossed 20 touchdowns passes and rushed for more than 500 yards last season.
Green’s offer list certainly will grow, but like I wrote regarding Bazile, it could prove worthwhile that Nebraska got in on the ground floor.
Green wasn’t the only 2020 prospect to pick up an offer from the Huskers recently. The program has an affinity for the Bergen Catholic program in New Jersey, offering a couple of 2019 prospects, including running back Rahmir Johnson. But the latest offer goes to Bergen Catholic sophomore Jordan Morant.
Morant, 6-1, 195 pounds, projects as a safety in college. Early indications are than Penn State will be the team to beat for Morant, who holds nine offers. Michigan, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Virginia Tech have offered him as well.
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